5 Players Chelsea Should Clear out in 2016 Summer Transfer Window

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2016

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When Antonio Conte starts work at Chelsea this summer, he has plenty to consider. Top of his list will be deciding which players stay and leave Stamford Bridge.

The Italian's decision-making will be influenced by many factors—notably a player's quality and suitability for his system. Not only that, with Conte likely looking to inject some fresh blood into his side, he will need to consider the market value of some of his squad players in order to increase his transfer war chest.

Will he cash in in order to acquire more talent? Are those fringe players already good enough to suit his style of play?

Whatever happens, it's clear the manager has plenty of decisions to make, so we thought we would offer Conte a helping hand. Here are five players Bleacher Report thinks Chelsea could do without next season.

Victor Moses

Fiorentina's Argentinian defender Facundo Roncaglia (L) chases Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder Victor Moses (R) during the pre-season friendly International Champions Cup football match between Chelsea and Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge in London on August 5

It was four summers ago that Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic. He was always going to be a squad player, as he lacks the same level of class as others in his position such as Eden Hazard. Since that time, he has spent three seasons on loan, so he hasn't been afforded the opportunities he probably feels he deserves.

Those loan moves have varied in success. At Liverpool, he didn't achieve much, but he did restore his reputation with Stoke City in 2014/15. Last season with West Ham United saw him contribute to the Hammers' impressive form.

Moses signed an extended contract with Chelsea last summer, which keeps his transfer value up. Now is the time to exploit that, giving the former Crystal Palace man a permanent transfer so Chelsea can use the money they make to strengthen the squad.

Moses is a valuable commodity, as selling him would do nothing to weaken Chelsea's position as he has not been a part of the squad for so long. Making money through his sale would only strengthen Chelsea in the long term if the funds are used effectively.


SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 09:  Oscar of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Swansea, Wales  (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
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It's been said before, and we'll repeat it: Were Oscar a football club, he would be Arsenal. The Brazilian has so much potential, and quite often throughout a season, he seems ready to fulfill it—only to let fans down after building up their hopes. It happens time and again, with 2015/16 being no exception.

The only concern with Oscar is he simply didn't perform enough all year, let alone for the first six months of the season. It's usually the trend that the latter would happen before he tailed off post-Christmas.

Aside from some flashes of brilliance, notably against MK Dons—a Championship side that would be relegated to League 1—in the FA Cup, Oscar just wasn't good enough for Chelsea.

Indeed, it's players such as the No. 8 who represent Chelsea's biggest problem. Oscar comes with a significant reputation, and that alone can get him in the starting lineup. But he's failing to offer anything positive and, in many ways, is a drain on the club.

He's been at Chelsea for four seasons and hasn't developed into a consistent performer. It's time to move him on.

Loic Remy

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19 :  Loic Remy of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on March 19, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea started 2015/16 with three injury-prone strikers, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being tasked with scoring the goals at Stamford Bridge. Only Costa lived up to his billing in the scoring stakes, and when he was injured or suspended, Chelsea struggled as Falcao and Remy were often unavailable.

When he's fit, Remy is a talented and capable goalscorer. Those times are few and far between, though, and having him the squad weakens what Chelsea have up front.

Given how often he played in the past 12 months, the Blues would have been better off giving a youngster a chance to build up his experience and make inroads at the club. Remy did little for Chelsea last season, and new manager Antonio Conte needs players he can rely on. Unfortunately for Remy, his injury record over the past two seasons says he isn't in that category. 

Papy Djilobodji

Toulouse's French Moroccan midfielder Adrien Regattin (L) vies with Nantes' Senegalese defender Papy Mison Djilibodji during the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Nantes at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse on April 25, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / PASC

He became a cult hero with Werder Bremen after his goal on the final day of last season meant the club didn't slip outside of the Bundesliga. Does that mean Papy Djilibodji should be given a spot in the Chelsea squad under Antonio Conte? Hardly.

It was far from the Senegal international's fault he was brought to Chelsea last summer, but his signing summed up all that was wrong with the Blues' transfer policy throughout 2015. He seemed a knee-jerk signing, being brought to Stamford Bridge with the view of adding quantity and not quality.

His signing was a big mistake, and the sooner Chelsea get rid of him, the sooner the club can move forward and forget all that passed in 2015/16 without symbols of their errors hanging around.

Besides all that, Chelsea have a number of young defenders coming through who deserve their chance. Having someone such as Djilobodji around just takes up more squad space and is another obstacle for youngsters to overcome.

John Obi Mikel

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Mikel John Obi of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park on April 2, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

The apple of Guus Hiddink's eye, John Obi Mikel was a big part of the Dutchman's setup upon his return to Stamford Bridge as interim manager. He was utilised in midfield to stop Chelsea's run of losing games, shoring things up defensively.

As much as Hiddink was a temporary solution to Chelsea's troubles, so too was Mikel. If the Blues are to advance their game and progress to where Conte will want to get them, they will be better off without attempting to do it with Mikel.

The Nigerian isn't dynamic enough in midfield, and when he was tested by the best teams last season, he didn't always prove himself to be up to task. He is too laboured and slows Chelsea down in attacking positions.

Indeed, it was those qualities that helped Chelsea become more solid in 2015/16. Slowing down the game and making the Blues tighter is exactly what they needed at the time. Now, they want to break free of those shackles and impose themselves once more. It's not enough to play with the intent of not losing; Chelsea need to chase victories.

That's not going to happen with Mikel. The club should make the most of his renaissance by cashing in on it while they can, using the money to bring a different sort of player to the club. Allowing Mikel to leave would also free up squad space for emerging talent.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes.


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