Houssem Aouar, Kai Havertz, and Who Could Fill the Hamšík-Shaped Hole in Chelsea’s Midfield – Improving Chelsea Part Four

“As we established in the previous part of this series, the attributes that Marek Hamšík brought (in spades) to Napoli’s midfield are entirely absent from Chelsea’s current trio of choice. After focusing on those at Chelsea who are yet to be given their opportunity, and potential signings who fulfilled some of our requirements but ultimately weren’t quite the right fit, we can finally have a thorough look at the heavy hitters who could step into Chelsea’s midfield and provide the attributes that are so sorely missed.”

Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and the Marek Hamšík-Shaped Hole in Chelsea’s Midfield – Improving Chelsea Part Three

“In comparing the output of Marek Hamšík to that of most other midfielders in Europe, let alone the sterile Mateo Kovačić and Ross Barkley, it becomes very clear what Hamšík brought to Napoli’s midfield and, by extension, what Chelsea is missing in theirs.”

Timo Werner, Luka Jović, and the Hallmarks of a “Sarriball” Striker – Improving Chelsea Part Two

“Under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, both Dries Mertens and Gonzalo Higuaín had the finest moments of their careers, scoring bucket-loads of goals. Before we start looking into which strikers in European football might be available and suit this current Chelsea team best, we should try to understand how those two forwards were so successful for Sarri.”