Chelsea have found themselves struggling in the Premier League this season and the issues at Stamford Bridge don’t seem to have improved despite Todd Boehly spending around £323m in the transfer window last month.
The west Londoners are now tenth following their shocking defeat to bottom-of-the-table Southampton on Saturday and are without a league win since the 15th January when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.
In fact, Graham Potter has collected just two victories, four draws and nine losses in their last 15 games which is a damning indictment of the disaster that has been unravelling at the club with something desperately needing to change if Chelsea are to have any hope of getting themselves back into contention for a Champions League qualifying spot over their remaining 15 league fixtures.
Indeed, there won’t be much the former Brighton and Hove Albion manager can do in terms of changing the personnel in his squad to fit the style of play he wants to execute but it is looking like plans are already in place for a major summer overhaul already.
According to Football Insider, Chelsea are preparing to listen to offers for Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher this summer as Boehly plans for another transformative transfer window at the end of the season.
Whilst many of the players named have been loyal servants to the Blues there is one player who must be the first to go when the opportunity arises.
Indeed, the signing of Aubameyang last summer has simply not worked out.
Should Potter get rid of Aubameyang?
It is blatantly obvious that the Chelsea boss is not the former Arsenal striker’s biggest fan with the player failing to make recent matchday squads with the veteran attacker even “exiled” from the Champions League squad – as per the Mirror’s Darren Lewis.
Over 11 Premier League appearances, Aubameyang – dubbed “dreadful” by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello – has scored just one goal and registered only a solitary assist.
It has been a painstaking campaign for the Gabon international in which he has lost 77% of his duels, as well as averaging just 0.5 shots on target, 0.3 key passes and 12 touches per game, proving the 33-year-old hasn’t had the desired instant impact at the club.
Should Boehly sell Aubameyang this summer?
Having said that, the £160k-per-week French-born forward has only averaged 39 minutes per league performance which is further proof that Potter doesn’t rate his presence in front of goal.
Thus, it leaves Boehly in a situation where he either has to back the manager’s decision to leave out Aubameyang or find a manager who can get the best from him over the remainder of the season.
Aubameyang was not a signing made under Potter and is surely not considered a long-term solution for Chelsea’s problems in front of goal due to the fact he is at the latter stage of his career, so it would make sense for Boehly to part ways with the forward in the summer to make way for a more youthful future prospect.
With that being said, there is still a long way to go until the transfer window reopens again so Potter will need to find a solution fast if he is not keen on deploying Aubameyang as it could ultimately cost him his job at Stamford Bridge if performances don’t improve.