Chelsea 2022/23: New squad numbers, Mason Mount & Kai Havertz receive & what number might Raheem Sterling get?

New signing Raheem Sterling may opt for the number nine shirt

With the Premier League season just three weeks away, clubs are starting to release their squad numbers.

It’s been a fairly tumultuous year for the Blues, who said goodbye to their long-standing owner Roman Abramovich who left the club at 19 years.

His exit from the club was due to his ties with Vladimir Putin, allowing American billionaire Todd Boehly to take the reins at one of London’s most successful clubs.

This has contributed to a fairly underwhelming transfer window for Chelsea thus far, as the only signing they have made is that of Raheem Sterling, who left Manchester City after seven trophy laden seasons in Manchester.

Here are the confirmed squad numbers for Chelsea in the upcoming season.

Kai Havertz (C) celebrates with Chelsea's German striker Timo Werner (R) after scoring the fourth goal (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

When does the Premier League start?

To accommodate for a long mid-season break, due to the World Cup being held in Qatar in November and December, the Premier League is starting a week prior to its usual start time, and will kick off on 5 August 2022, as Arsenal head to Crystal Palace.

The Gunners will hope to have better fortunes in south London this time, as the same fixture last year saw Arsenal lose 3-0.

What are the squad numbers for Chelsea for the upcoming season?

Goalkeepers

Kepa Arrizabalaga - 1

Marcus Bettinelli - 13

Edouard Mendy - 16

Defenders

Marcos Alonso - 3

Thiago Silva - 6

Trevor Chalobah - 14

Ben Chilwell - 21

Reece James - 24

Cesar Azpilicueta - 28

Malang Sarr - 31

Emerson - 33

Ethan Ampadu - 44

Jorginho - 5

N’Golo Kante - 7

Mateo Kovacic - 8

Christian Pulisic - 10

Ruben Loftus-Cheek - 12

Ross Barkley - 18

Hakim Ziyech - 22

Kenedy - 23

Kai Havertz - 29

Billy Gilmour - 23

Faustino Anjorin - 27

Attackers

Timo Werner - 11

Callum Hudson-Odoi - 20

What loan players are returning to Chelsea this summer?

In the past, it has been a running theme that Chelsea tend to be the club with the most players out on loan, but over the years the number of players going out on loan from Chelsea has reduced year on year.

Here is every loan player returning to Chelsea this year, and the club they were at for the 2021/2022 season.

Ethan Ampadu - Venezia

Faustino Anjorin - Huddersfield Town

Abdul Baba Rahman - Reading

Tiemoue Bakayoko - AC Milan

Michy Batshuayi - Besiktas

Nathan Baxter - Hull

Mason Burstow - Charlton

Armando Broja - Southampton

Jake Clarke-Salter - Coventry

Levi Colwill - Huddersfield Town

Jamie Cumming - MK Dons

Danny Drinkwater - Reading

Juan Familia-Castillo - Charlton

Byran Fiabema - Rosenborg

Conor Gallagher - Crystal Palace

Billy Gilmour - Norwich

Henry Lawrence - AFC Wimbledon

Ian Maatsen - Coventry

Matt Miazga - Alaves

Emerson Palmieri - Lyon

Dujon Sterling - Blackpool

Ethan Wady - Hendon FC

Karlo Ziger - Rudar Velenje

What number might Raheem Sterling get?

Has Sterling played his final game for Manchester City? Credit; Getty.

It’s currently unconfirmed what number Sterling will wear at Chelsea.

His seemingly favoured number seven that he wore at his previous club is currently worn by N’Golo Kante, with the midfielder unlikely to relinquish his jersey number for Sterling.

Another number that Sterling seems to favour is the number 10, but that is Christian Pulisic’s number, and again, one he is unlikely to give up.

Given that he’s an attacker, and will likely occupy the striker role from time to time, it may well be that Sterling opts to take the number nine shirt, vacated by record signing Romelu Lukaku, who rejoined Inter Milan just a year after signing for Chelsea for a record fee.