Chelsea has a whole lot of work to do that summer time. Whereas which will look like the understatement of the yr, the Blues’ present scenario is relatively dire after questions mark arose concerning a plethora of gamers of their staff this summer time. Along with the free brokers which have already departed, Thomas Tuchel’s aspect is liable to dropping many extra over the following few months. There are at the very least two fullbacks questioning their futures, a few midfield renewals to ponder and 4 or 5 attackers that might be in several stripes come the start of the 2022/23 marketing campaign.
One of many first orders of enterprise on Chelsea’s wishlist will likely be wingbacks. Tuchel has struggled with wingback depth from the second he stepped foot at Cobham in January of 2021. The scenario grew to become much more dire final winter when Ben Chilwell and Reece James each suffered long-term accidents inside video games of one another. The Blues’ hierarchy didn’t ship an acceptable back-up to Chilwell or James within the January transfer window, however it did establish future targets. One of many names on the wishlist was Barcelona proper again Sergino Dest.
Dest appeared an acceptable possibility for the west Londoners as a result of his positional flexibility. Though the American performs primarily with no consideration (wing)again for the Blaugrana, he’s deployed as a left again generally for Gregg Berhalter’s United States Males’s Nationwide Team. He isn’t identified for his defensive capabilities, however he’s nonetheless simply 21 years previous, so there’s a whole lot of room to develop. Moreover, Xavi was not an enormous admirer of Dest when he first arrived on the Nou Camp. Barcelona signed Dani Alves to cowl the appropriate fullback spot, leaving Dest to hunt a transfer.
It appeared like a ‘proper place, proper time’ scenario for Chelsea, who wanted a succesful and comparatively low-cost different to James. Sadly, the Blues have now been dealt a large blow of their pursuit of the younger American defender as Xavi’s opinion has utterly modified. Experiences from Spain at the moment are stating that the Blaugrana legend has chosen to stay with Dest for the long run over the club legend, Alves, as a result of his potential at such a younger age.
Chelsea will now be compelled to look elsewhere as they attempt to discover somebody who can fill in for James when injured or break up the workload with him over a season consisting of fifty+ matches. The identical goes for Chilwell on the left, though the Blues have a handful of succesful back-ups inside their ranks with the loan military. It appears as if Tuchel is content material with recalling Emerson and even selling Ian Maatsen to the primary staff to play with Chilwell ought to Marcos Alonso depart the club this summer time. Nevertheless, the reigning Champions of the World usually tend to dip into the transfer market when looking for a brand new right-sided defender.
Jules Kounde—who’s rumored to be nearing his long-awaited transfer to Stamford Bridge—can play with no consideration again if wanted as he’s finished so with Sevilla on quite a few events this season. Regardless, Tuchel appears set on bringing in an elite-level wingback to compete with James, who the manager has additionally deployed in a centerback spot quite a few occasions. Chelsea has been linked with gamers like Achraf Hakimi and Ivan Perisic already this summer time. The latter is on his solution to Tottenham Hotspur and it’d be very stunning to see Paris Saint-Germain let Hakimi go this early into his tenure with the French big. Thus, with Dest off the board, the Blues are going to should get artistic of their pursuit of a wingback as time ticks on.
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