Thomas Tuchel is going to take a look at the players he currently has on his books before deciding where he needs to sign this summer in the transfer market.
With the EURO 2020 Championships now over and with the pre-season in full swing at Cobham in recent days and friendly matches on the horizon, this will give marginal players and youngsters an opportunity to stand up for their cause.
Amid a tightening of finances for many clubs thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, a huge summer of spending is not expected and Chelsea have remained calm so far, only the sale of Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan makes headlines at the moment.
Chelsea are one of the clubs that can make their way through processes as we have been for the past 18 months thanks to their financial might, but even then there is no need to be ridiculous with the checkbook.
Tuchel’s side are the reigning European champions, after all.
That hasn’t stopped the Blues from being linked with lucrative moves for Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi this summer. Hakimi, however, signed for Paris St Germain on a five-year contract. and never passed a polite investigative stage in West London.
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Tuchel himself said towards the end of the season that he doesn’t think the Blues team needs any major changes this summer as he embarks on his first full campaign in charge and a title push. expected in the Premier League.
But when he has all of his players back at Cobham for the preseason and ahead of the campaign opener against Crystal Palace, who are his squad’s absolute untouchables?
Perhaps the greatest untouchable of all and arguably the best midfielder on the planet right now, much of Chelsea’s future success will depend on Kante’s physical form.
Managing the mercurial Frenchman will be one of Tuchel’s biggest and most important tasks next season and the German has shown he is ready to rest Kante to ensure he stays in shape for the big games. .
Keeping Kante in shape and shooting is imperative for Tuchel, not least to tie him to a new improved contract.
The Senegalese stopper kept nine incredible clean sheets en route to Champions League glory last season and 16 in all competitions for the Blues after his transfer from Rennes around the same time last year.
Mendy has firmly established himself as the number one for the Blues and is the starting point for what must be a very strong backbone for Chelsea if they are to reach the heights that Tuchel will set for himself and his players this season. next.
Not far from Kante, who has to play pretty much every week if he’s available, is Mason Mount, who continues to grow stronger for club and country.
The reigning Chelsea Player of the Year will only get better and be a key cog on Tuchel’s side for next season. Like Kanté, if he’s fit, he’s playing and he’s pretty much unbeatable for the foreseeable future, barring a catastrophic loss of shape which previous evidence has shown is highly unlikely to occur.
The Italy international scored the decisive kick for his country as he reached the EURO 2020 final with a typically icy kick. With a jump, a jump and a jump, Jorginho showed immense composure to score from 12 meters and continue his excellent 2021.
While missing the final against England, Jorginho will return to Chelsea as two-time European champion early next month as the Azzurri beat the Three Lions in the shootout at Wembley.
As soon as night followed day, his agent Joao Santos was barking that his client now had a price tag of £ 50million for potential buyers, but in his current form Jorginho is not going anywhere.
Considering where the German was heading at the start of the year before Frank Lampard left, it was quite a turnaround for Rudiger.
The center-half established himself as a leader behind Tuchel in his quest for Champions League glory and to finish in the top four. Rudiger also wore this form internationally for Germany this summer.
He’s a dead cert to start next season’s opener despite some issues with his contract, which expires at the end of 2021/22. Tuchel and Chelsea might be wise to settle this as soon as possible after the Euro.
Much like Rudiger, Azpilicueta enjoyed a fantastic rejuvenation in the second half of last season as Tuchel capitalized on the Spaniard’s experience not only at the start to settle in, but to then move the team forward through the final one. part of the season.
It ended with a heroic performance by Azpilicueta in the Champions League final as he continued to show his versatility, playing both as a winger and as a third center-back.
The center of defense is where Azpilicueta’s immediate future lies and, supported by his recall to Spain’s Euro squad, the Blues captain will once again be a key player for the coach. -chief next season.
Perhaps a controversial choice, but you can’t argue that his performances towards the end of last season, which culminated in scoring the winner in Porto against Man City, put him in a good position for the campaign ahead.
Havertz’s move in the final third is what sets him apart from other Blues forwards, although he will certainly like to add a few more goals to his tally this season.
You suspect, with a prolonged run to the side, that Havertz can do this. Could he have Erling Haaland by his side next season? Who knows, but what a tantalizing prospect that would be.