21 June, 2022 - 01:05

Should Chelsea Be Looking at New Midfielders or New Centre Backs?

Just one year after lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy, Chelsea is looking to rebuild many of its lines, according to remarks from manager Thomas Tuchel. In a turbulent season with the ownership change, the Blues were close to the top on many levels but failed to win in the Premiership, where they came a distant third behind Man City and Liverpool. Later, the winner, Real Madrid, stopped Chelsea in the quarter-final round.

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What will fans get for their ticket price?

How will Thomas Tuchel compose a competitive team with the pending departures of some key players? With the Chelsea tickets price being among the most prized in the league, fans are spoiled and want a good return for the investment. So here are the most glaring areas where the Blues need to improve in the summer transfer window.

Depleted defence

German national team defensive back Antonio Rüdiger has been a cornerstone and player with the most minutes in last season for the defensive line for Chelsea. But, unfortunately, a reliable centre-back is moving to Real Madrid this summer and will leave a considerable gap. But, it is not the only departure from the reliable defence.

Cesar Azpilicueta will probably return to Spain, and Andreas Christensen is heading to Barcelona, leaving the defender depth chart depleted. In addition, Thiago Silva turns 38 in the fall and will need serious reinforcements.

If everything goes according to announcements, Chelsea will bring in the Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. Other names on the shortlist are PSG’s Presnel Kimpenbe, Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid and rising Croatian right-back star, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.

Midfield puzzle

The questions in the middle of the field remain with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, who has one year left on the contract and are in their 30s, with Kante being injured frequently lately. The team should extend their contract or try to get something in return with transfers.

The team is allegedly pursuing Monaco midfielder Aurelian Tchouameni, who is more likely to side with European champions Real Madrid. The other names on the radar include PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare and Declan Rice. Chelsea still has Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and rotation players in Loftus-Cheek and Barkley.

Is the attack problematic?

Chelsea scored 76 goals in 38 matches in Premier League, which is very good, but not excellent, and way behind the top two teams. Eden Hazard left Chelsea three years ago and was the last player with 20+ goals in a season, which brings management concern.
Belgian attacker Romelu Lukaku didn’t provide what was expected, while the US team’s biggest star Christian Pulisic and Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz had good performances.

Chelsea is apparently looking for a forward position, Frenchman Ousmane Dembele, or RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkuku.

Suppose the Blues want more offensive production in the upcoming season. In that case, some of the strikers mentioned in connection with the Stamford Bridge side are Benfica’s Darwin Nunez or Lille’s Jonathan David. Although big transfers are already taking place, with London’s rival Tottenham signing Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, the clock is pressing for Tuchel and Chelsea management to replace the missing links and bring proper reinforcements.

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Author: AlEXTAZY

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