The Blues will see an exodus of players in the summer as a number of players leave and youngsters and new signings step in to take their place.
As a result, we take a look at the jersey numbers that might change ownerships ahead of next season’s start for Chelsea.
The Blues’ current jersey number 9 bearer, Tammy Abraham, is clearly not on the same page as Thomas Tuchel, with the striker’s playing time almost entirely disappearing since the German gaffer took over.
And Abraham looks set to leave with Chelsea reportedly making signing a big-name striker their priority. Thus, an iconic No. 9 could be seen at Stamford Bridge next season. Erling Haaland, anyone?
The number that belongs to the club’s best midfielder, worn for a decade by Frank Lampard, will likely be vacated this season if Ross Barkley departs the club.
Even if the Blues cannot find a new home for Barkley just yet, any 3 of Kante, Kovacic, or Jorginho are vastly more deserving of the honor. Even many have tipped Mason Mount to take up the challenge as they see him as a perfect Frank Lampard figure at Chelsea.
Marcos Alonso was Chelsea’s left wingback in a title-winning campaign and has been a distinguished wearer of the No. 3 shirt for the Blues, famously won by Ashley Cole for years.
However, the Spaniard is now firmly behind Ben Chilwell in the pecking order and could be offloaded during this transfer window, which would leave the no. 3 shirt open for Chilwell himself.
While it could be that Chelsea have unofficially decided to retire John Terry‘s iconic no. 26 after his retirement, the number technically still remains available.
Therefore, if the club are willing to let someone else display it on their backs, then it would be a huge draw for a big-name defender, maybe someone like Raphael Varane or any future big-name center-back signing.