Chelsea are one of the most interesting clubs to watch ahead of the new Premier League season.
Frank Lampard earned plaudits in 2019/20 for having guided the Blues into the Champions League places despite being transfer-banned and losing star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Chelsea’s summer splurge
The club had clearly made plans for their 2020 splurge well in advance, too, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner walking through the Stamford Bridge door in February and June respectively.
The former Ajax and RB Leipzig sensations were then followed through the door by Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Xavier Mbuyamba and the piece de resistance: Kai Havertz.
Even if you don’t support Chelsea, don’t deny that seeing how all these mega-money signings will perform in England’s top division isn’t a fascinating prospect.
Squad spring-cleaning needed
And although Chilwell, Ziyech and Silva will all be absent from their season-opener at Brighton, we’re only two days away from watching the club’s 2020/21 campaign commence.
That’s not to mention the fact that West Ham United’s Declan Rice and especially Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy look set to join Chelsea’s crazy project in the coming weeks.
It really makes you wonder how the Chelsea hierarchy are managing their burgeoning squad and it goes without saying that high-earning players will need to be sold ahead of the deadline.
The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marco van Ginkel, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater continue to hoover up impressive pay packets despite having little to no future under Lampard’s reign.
Chelsea’s 2020/21 wage structure
As a result, with so many signings and deadwood in equal measure at Chelsea ahead of the new season, we couldn’t resist looking at the club’s wage structure to get a better idea of the situation.
You’re intrigued, right? Well, spotrac have released their new 2020/21 wage data for the Chelsea squad and we’ve ranked the players from highest-paid to the lowest-paid – check it out:
33. Fikayo Tomori – £14,423-a-week
32. Matt Miazga – £15,000-a-week
31. Isaiah Brown – £25,000-a-week
30. Willy Caballero – £35,000-a-week
29. Kurt Zouma – £40,000-a-week
28. Billy Gilmour – £43,269-a-week
27. Lewis Baker – £43,269-a-week
26. Tammy Abraham – £57,692-a-week
25. Ruben Loftus-Cheek – £60,000-a-week
24. Davide Zappacosta – £70,000-a-week
23. Emerson Palmieri – £75,000-a-week
22. Victor Moses – £75,000-a-week
21. Andreas Christensen – £80,000-a-week
20. Mason Mount – £88,462-a-week
19. Ross Barkley – £96,154-a-week
18. Hakim Ziyech – £100,000-a-week
17. Antonio Rudiger – £100,000-a-week
16. Mateo Kovacic – £100,000-a-week
15. Reece James – £100,000-a-week
14. Danny Drinkwater – £100,000-a-week
13. Marcos Alonso – £100,000-a-week
12. Thiago Silva – £110,000-a-week
11. Olivier Giroud – £110,000-a-week
10. Jorginho – £110,000-a-week
9. Tiemoue Bakayoko – £110,000-a-week
8. Callum Hudson-Odoi – £120,000-a-week
7. Kai Havertz – £140,000-a-week
6. N’Golo Kante – £144,231-a-week
5. Cesar Azpilicueta – £145,000-a-week
4. Kepa Arrizabalaga – £150,000-a-week
3. Christian Pulisic – £158,654-a-week
2. Timo Werner – £170,000-a-week
1. Ben Chilwell – £190,000-a-week
Chilwell tops the wage bill
So, contrary to reports, it seems as though Chelsea haven’t torn up their wage structure to make Havertz one of the Premier League’s highest-paid players with over £300,000-a-week.
If anything, though, that should reassure Chelsea fans who will be hoping for anything but the 21-year-old becoming distracted from reaching his full potential at Stamford Bridge.
It’s actually Chilwell, perhaps a little surprisingly, that takes the title as Chelsea’s highest-earning player just a matter of weeks after Werner usurped his former Bundesliga pal Pulisic.
Otherwise, the incentive for Chelsea to cut ties with the likes of Bakayoko and Drinkwater couldn’t be clearer when you see they’re higher paid than Jorginho and Kovacic respectively.
But if Chelsea can do the spring-cleaning in their squad necessary to balance the books, then there’s no denying that Lampard has the resources to challenge for the Premier League title.
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