The 2021/2022 season didn’t go as well as Chelsea, and Thomas Tuchel would have projected. After winning the 2020/2021 UCL season, the team was touted to go on to improve their trophy cabinet, which they did with the 2021 Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The team was one of the top picks for various predictions today shows.
However, towards December, the team was hit with injuries, and an interview from Lukaku made the already bad relationship worse. Therefore, the team went through a lot, and the final nail came when Russia invaded Ukraine. As a result, Chelsea’s long-standing owner was sanctioned by the British government, which strained things for the club.
It didn’t end there, as the club was also sanctioned, effectively putting the team up for sale. As a result, the team struggled through the season, losing the Carabao Cup, getting knocked out in the quarterfinals of the UCL, and losing the FA Cup. The season didn’t end badly as they secured 3rd place, giving them a chance to compete in next season’s UCL tournament.
With Bohely’s takeover complete, the team is ready to have a fresh start, which would start in the transfer market. So, a few players would fit into Tuchel’s plan for the Premier League 2022/2023 season with the transfer window currently still open. Below are four top players we think can improve the team next season.
If any player would fit into Tuchel’s 3-4-3 tactics perfectly, it is Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker might have struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s team over the years, but we can’t deny his impact on the team. He is a top poacher and can take on different players one on one, making him an upgrade to the current crop of players.
The Brazilian can fit into the Werner role perfectly because he can make runs behind defense lines, has good positioning, and can play on players’ shoulders. And the good thing is that he won’t miss clear chances like Werner, which has been one of the biggest issues in the team.
Therefore, if there is any player that Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea should be going for, Jesus fits the profile perfectly. He can play in a front two, on the side, and as a lone striker. He would fit in well with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz up front.
With Kante showing signs of slowing down and Jorginho’s agent talking about him returning to Italy, Tuchel needs reinforcement in the midfield, and Declan Rice is the one they should go for. We believe the only deterrent for this move would be the current price tag which is, in our opinion, too outrageous.
However, he would strengthen the team if they could negotiate the right price and bring Rice back to the bridge. He can play as a lone DM, making it easy for Tuchel to switch to two attacking 8s with Mount and Havertz or Ziyech. Also, he would do well in a double pivot for the team.
Also, he is a fan of the club, given that he came from the academy, and his friendship with the other English players would make the transition easy. Therefore, Declan Rice should be one of the first signings in the Todd Bohely era.
Chelsea has been flirting with signing Jules Kounde since Tuchel arrived at the bridge, but some fine details have been the issue. He was supposed to join last season, but the deal didn’t go through because Sevilla wanted more money. However, with that behind them, the team should go for the French center-back, as he would be a good replacement for Antonio Rudiger.
Also, he is a solid defender that can play in a back three or four. Therefore, he is a good player that would work well for Tuchel. This is one transfer that the team needs to complete before the transfer window closes. As a result, we would be looking at how the transfer window and if Kounde finally joins Chelsea.
Another French player that we believe would do well in Tuchel’s team is Ousmane Dembele. The two already had an encounter in Dortmund. Therefore, Tuchel can testify to how Dembele can improve his team. The pacey attacker can shoot from both legs and create many chances. The only problem is that he has had an injury-stricken career.
Therefore, he might not be available throughout the season, so he would need a solid backup to take his place when he is unavailable. But, since he is now a free agent, getting him for free is good business going by what he can bring to the table. He would create more chances and convert the ones he gets.