Chelsea has been linked with Andy Carroll, they have been linked with Peter Crouch, they have also been linked with Ashley Barnes, they might get linked with Lord Bendtner soon. The type of player they have not been linked with yet is a creative force, one who would take the burden off of Eden Hazard, one who would chip in with goals when Morata is firing blanks, one who would be an upgrade on the aging Pedro and the discontent Willian.
The first name that pops into every mind is Riyad Mahrez, the tricky left-footed magician, who can tie defenders into a knot and finish it off with an end product. He has got a peach of a left leg, with his close control and subtle movements making him every defenders nightmare. But the only problem with Mahrez is that he has been accused of going missing in big games for Leicester City.
Barring the title-winning campaign, Mahrez has rarely produced the goods against big oppositions, with the team facing the consequences of their star man putting in a mediocre performance. He is well and truly the shining star and the biggest player at the club. But at Chelsea, he will not be at the front of the queue. He might not even be second, with an in-form Willian and Morata trumping Mahrez.
This role of playing second fiddle will be new to him, something that he has not experienced before in the Premier League. But there is one player who is suited to fit the bill. He had started the campaign in red-hot form, and even though he has tapered off a little, he is still young and his trajectory will only take him upwards from here.
He is young, fresh, has PL experience of over 6 months now and can be used as a LWB as well as a LW. He will be cheap and will demand lower wages when compared with Mahrez. Plus he is like a pit-bull, Always ON with the attacks in all games of Watford, he is young & hungry eager to establish himself. He has compatriots to not only look up to but also compete with for a national team spot too. He is Richarlison from Watford.
Richardson might sound like a gamble, but it will be a cheap one. And given that Chelsea looks more and more likely to part ways with Conte at the end of the season, this might be a gamble that could potentially define Conte’s season. While Chelsea have consistently produced some of the best talents in their academy, they have rarely been able to successfully integrate them into the first team.
Charlie Musonda is an exciting prospect. So was Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kennedy. But they were both shipped out on loan. So clearly, Chelsea need to sign a creative player. Signing Mahrez would kill the prospects for these academy players, but Richarlison is young and exciting, just like the academy talents. This would motivate them to compete harder and improve the fight for first team and 18-man squad at Chelsea.
With Richarlison coming cheap, they could use the money saved to maybe buy a Centre-back and a midfielder to cover for the woeful Bakayoko. There are still a few days left for the Transfer Window to shut, but if Chelsea want to come out of their mid-season crisis, they need to show the money to Conte, else they might not get the privilege of matches like the Champions league Round of 16 clash against Barcelona next season. Richarlison has Brazilian flair in his playing style which matches a lot with playing style of Chelsea making it a perfect fit for both, moreover, the union would make a strong case for Richarlison to knock at the doors of Brazil dressing room.