Every year in preseason there is a period of time where every player at the club has the opportunity to catapult himself into the picture.
Perhaps the best example of this is Victor Moses during Conte’s debut season, which is why he is now the standard for this type of move within the Blues’ ranks.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is up to evaluate all of his options on the returning loanees and youngsters.
Dujon Sterling has been the standout player during Chelsea’s preseason training thus far, according to numerous reports. He’s had more time with Tuchel than most other youngsters, seeing as he’s been training with the first team for a few months now while he recovered with the U23s.
Sterling is now negotiating a contract extension with the Blues as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the upcoming campaign.
The club will also look to buck the recent trend of talented prospects departing for greener pastures. Luckily, the club wants Sterling and Sterling wants to remain in SW6.
Back at full fitness, the 21-year-old will try to make the first team squad for the first time since September 2017 when he was given his debut.
A change of manager, a hamstring injury and an unknown illness that sidelined him for a long period of time have seen the hype around him dwindle a bit, but now it seems to be building back up.
Conte was the first manager to take a chance on Sterling, who he held in high regard. It seems only right that the next Chelsea boss to try his hand at the 3-4-3 gives Sterling his long-awaited opportunity.
After missing out on Achraf Hakimi, nothing new on the Adama Traore front and Tino Livramento set to depart, it seems as if the right wingback spot could be Sterling’s for the taking. He presents a low-risk, high-reward option that also allows Marina Granovskaia to use those funds elsewhere.