“As soon as possible” – Romano gives update on Chelsea’s loanee who could replace Conor Gallagher

Fabrizio Romano has just put out his latest update on the situation of Andrey Santos.

The midfielder had a great 6 months on loan at Strasbourg, and now the decision of the summer is whether to send him back there, to send him somewhere else on loan, or to integrate him into the Chelsea squad next summer.

Romano says that decision will be made “as soon as possible”, with Enzo Maresca (who hasn’t even been officially announced yet) “involved”, as you’d hope.

There are other loanees with futures up in the air too – Romano name checks Omari Hutchinson as one of them.

There’s no doubt those players are pushing for first team minutes – but what will make things hard is the return to fitness of so many players who weren’t around this season. Maresca has a huge amount of work to do.

The new coach in a tough position already

Decisions like this are exactly why it’s important to get the new coach in place right away, no matter who they are. Of course the new man is going to want to spent time with the players in preseason to decide what their future is in each individual case. But some decisions will have to be made before that – the future of players like Santos will be affected on what happens in terms of sales, and some of those sales need to happen before the 30th of June.

So Maresca and the sporting directors are actually going to be making decisions before he’s seen some of these players kick a ball live. For example if Conor Gallagher is sold, Santos is that much more likely to stay. If (as we assume is the plan) Gallagher is sold before the 30th June deadline, this will all be happening before Maresca has even got his feet under the table.

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  1. Selling Conor won’t work out well with Chelsea.
    Retain Conor,sell on Raheem and Broja,replace them with V9 and Summerville.
    With the above Chelsea wins EPL

  2. It’s a must for them to put Gallagher for sale? But i think the guy is in form. His good enough.

  3. No matter how chelsea are likd to play if they no get better number nine we are settle in danger

  4. What the hell is wrong with chelsea trying to sell Conor ?? Better be it a rumor than to be true

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