So after another flurry of hyperbolic stories on Monday suggesting that Chelsea’s takeover could collapse. The imminent change of ownership is still on track after the club announced in the early hours of the 7th of May that the new ownership group led by Todd Bohely had agreed to terms to acquire the club.
As reported by The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon, the deal is set to receive the green light by the Premier League this week before awaiting the UK Government’s own approval.
With hopes that a deal is set to go through and then subsequently, the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich will no longer impact Chelsea – a new era can begin with Boehly’s group embarking on an already vital summer regarding the first-team squad.
With major players departing, contracts to be sorted, and the hope of some exciting incomings, here are four Chelsea changes Todd Boehly must make in the coming weeks and months.
Committing to the rebuild
Chelsea’s squad has looked increasingly worn down as the season has dragged on. Injuries and fatigue have played a part in the dwindling returns, but those struggles have also exposed a wider structural issue within the construction of the squad.
For too long, the club has prioritised the short over the long-term, sticking plaster over gaps, making poor choices in the market in regards to selling talented youngsters or investing in specialist players who cannot provide the versatility the modern game demands.
There needs to be an injection of energy into the first team that has been overdue for some time. Older faces that look past their best should no longer be leaned upon out of comfort or familiarity. Even if, in some positions, deals may look like you are taking a step back with a younger player, the look of the squad needs to change to improve performances in the Premier League.
A major part of the reason Chelsea’s squad has remained uneven in places and lacks bold new additions is the unwillingness to let players go, dreaming of a fee that has never been forthcoming for players that everyone knows the club, and current coach, have no interest in using.
To be blunt, players have given all they can to Chelsea, and they are not going to get much better. Even if for the first summer it means cutting some losses, the longer-term benefit can be much greater. And when referring to those who should be on the way out, it’s not just forgotten loan names or older faces, and there also needs to be brave decisions made on some who look out of place in the current setup.
The Todd Boehly ownership will unlikely be as willing to stockpile players like Roman Abramovich did, hopefully looking to sell early rather than too late.
Securing Tuchel’s future
Thomas Tuchel has become some supporters’ favourite Chelsea manager/head coach of all time purely for his conduct during those weeks when the club was put up for sale and then impacted by the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich.
His demeanour and presence have galvanised supporters behind him. Even if the recent weeks have brought more criticisms for his coaching, the Champions League run is always going to buy him more time. Many have become tired of the frequent chopping and changing in the dugout, and with Tuchel, there is a hope for something longer term.
Announcing a new contract and backing for his vision might seem unsubstantial in a game that frequently disposes of coaches, but given the stress placed under the German in recent months, it would feel like an early telling gesture.
New deals for Chelsea’s present and future
The defensive contract crisis this season should be the greatest lesson for any incoming owner of what should absolutely be avoided in the coming years. Having four senior defenders in their final year back in August is just woeful squad planning and cannot be allowed to happen again.
The same danger with the midfield is on the horizon with both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante about to enter their final year, whilst Cobham’s finest in Reece James and Mason Mount with three and two years left, respectively. Both English stars have become crucial to the first team, and ensuring they remain pillars will help keep the Blues competitive.
New deals for both, increasing their wages to match some of the other senior players, feels appropriate given both’s development since breaking through in 2019.
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