We’ve already discussed how a lot of the new signings will be expected to play some part in the Blues’ defence, but what about their attacking midfielders?
The Blues have had a busy couple of months with the arrival of new recruits such as Jack Maclin and Paul Konchesky, so let’s start by looking at the new faces in training.
Facing an impressive defensive squad, a new defence that’s already looked capable of scoring goals and scoring more than any other team in the division, and a squad full of exciting young players, the Blues need to start the season strong and make a run for the top four.
The Blues have a squad with a lot to prove at the moment, and the last thing they need is to be looking too far ahead to find a way out of the Championship relegation zone.
So what will the Blues look like in October?
Here’s a look at what they need to do to reach the top of the table: Team (in order of appearance): 1.
Luke Brattan (Newcastle) – 10 appearances in the Premier League and FA Cup, including three wins and three draws.
Jack Conte (Everton) – 7 appearances in all competitions, including two goals.
Aaron Mooy (Stoke) – 6 appearances in league games, one goal.
Ryan Taylor (West Brom) – 5 appearances in Premier League games, two goals and two assists.
Matt Smith (Hull) – 4 appearances in cup competitions, one assist.
Ryan Mason (Huddersfield) – 3 appearances in Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.
James McArthur (Wigan) – 2 appearances in FA Cup and League Cup games.
Ryan Williams (Nottingham Forest) – 1 appearance in Premier Leagues, one shot on target.
Ryan Bertrand (St James’ Park) – 9 appearances in European competitions.
Aaron Cresswell (Watford) – 8 appearances in EFL Cup.
Aaron Ramsey (Birmingham City) – The 25-year-old was a free agent after his move to Newcastle last summer.
Jordan Ayew (West Ham) – Signed from Liverpool last summer and scored four goals in the league.
Joe Cole (Arsenal) – Joined from Tottenham in the summer of 2014.
Jens Lehmann (Stuttgart) – One of the most creative midfielders in the top flight, with 20 assists in all of competitions.
Nathan Redmond (St Etienne) – Was the club’s youngest player to ever make the squad.
Jordan McGhee (Burnley) – An impressive signing who will be joined by two other exciting midfielders.
Kevin Mirallas (Sunderland) – Another impressive signing and should be a key part of the side in October.
Kevin Strootman (Leicester) – Had a breakout season last season with 10 goals and three assists.
Andy Carroll (Tottenham) – A versatile player who can play in midfield or forward.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – Injured during pre-season, but the 22-year old has played five Premier League matches and scored three goals in all.
Alex Hleb (Chelsea) – Two seasons ago, Hlec was a surprise signing from Manchester United.
His new deal is expected to be extended until the end of the season.
Kevin De Bruyne (Chelsea, loan) – Has been an important part of Chelsea’s recent success, and could be a target for any club interested in the Belgium international.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, loan), Kevin De Boer (Bournemouth, loan).
Anthony Knockaert (Lyon), Adam Matthews (Everthra) – Both were recently released from their loan contracts.
Josh Murphy (Leigh) – He has impressed since joining on loan last season, but he is yet to play a first-team game.
Aaron Hughes (West Swindon) – His form and performance have earned him a place in the squad, but his performances in the FA Cup have been a bit disappointing.
Sam Hutchinson (Walsall) – Is a talented player, who has impressed during his loan spell at Walsall.
Ryan Bennett (Leighton) – Played well in the EFL last season.
Steven Davis (Aston Villa) – Still learning his trade, and will be hoping to make an impact in the new season.
Scott Carson (Blackburn) – Made his debut in the 2014-15 season, and was loaned out to Sunderland for the 2016-17 season.
Joleon Lescott (West Burton) – Looked good in pre-tournament friendly matches, but has not played a first team game