When it rains it most certainly pours and for Chelsea, their woeful form across not only the opening weeks of the new season but also stretching back to last campaign and even towards January of 2022 has left a familiar sour taste in the mouths of supporters. To make matters worse, things elsewhere also seem to conspire against them.
Whilst the Blues once more struggle they are left to watch London rivals Arsenal restart their own European adventure, the first time since 2017 they have been in the Champions League, whilst Tottenham are playing some of the best football in the top flight. Ange Postecoglou's men are the new darlings of the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino is shoved into the shadows.
On Monday, just over 24 hours after a second goalless game, this time away to Andoni Iraola's Bournemouth , former Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a goal better than any he got during his time at Stamford Bridge. For just £3million he already looks to be the bargain of the window. A 22-year-old England international hotly tipped during his youth to be one of the best in his position worldwide for more than 10 times less than Anthony Gordon.
Ola Aina, not given a chance at Chelsea under Antonio Conte, was supporting Hudson-Odoi at the City Ground and has looked in fine form despite being played out of position so far this season. It's been a while coming for Aina but he's now truly found his feet.
Two days before that it was Billy Gilmour once more rocking around in the Brighton midfield, this time at Old Trafford. The Scottish ace, another player perhaps less fashionable in the minds of many due to being on the brink of first-team action at Chelsea for so long, was sold for just £10million last summer.
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