Chelsea’s next transfer priority revealed after Romelu Lukaku signing
Chelsea’s stacked squad
On paper, Chelsea have arguably the strongest squad in the Premier League at present.
Their attacking options are especially strong, with Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi fighting it out for just three places.
Moving into central midfield; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and new signing Saul Niguez provide plenty of world-class options for two spots.
Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell are then two excellent picks for left-wing-back, with both players offering Thomas Tuchel very different abilities.
Then, Reece James, Cezar Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi are all capable of operating at right-wing-back.
Edouard Mendy is also backed up by Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.
That just leaves centre-back, were all of Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Trevoh Chalobah are competing for three places. James can also be used as a right-sided centre-back in a three if needed.
Chelsea’s transfer priority
But, with Silva 36, Azpilicueta 32 and both Christensen and Rudiger currently in the final year of their contracts, centre-back is probably Chelsea’s weakest area at present.
The Blues did look to be addressing this issue by signing Jules Kounde of Sevilla, but that deal did not happen during the summer window.
However, Chelsea fans should not threat, as the Evening Standard are reporting that extra cover in defence is now seen as the next priority for Thomas Tuchel following the signing of Lukaku:
Extra cover in defence is seen as the next priority for Tuchel after securing the No1 target in a top-class goalscorer.
Chelsea could resurrect Kounde deal with defence now Tuchel’s priority
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) September 7, 2021
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