After Timo Werner left Chelsea, Tuchel was left with few options for the Blues' attack this season
Crisis in the offensive position.
Lukaku was returned to Inter Milan on loan by Chelsea this summer, resulting in a loss of about 90 million euros. After a wild season at Milano, the Belgian striker returned to Stamford Bridge, but all he had left behind from the previous campaign was disappointment and contentious remarks.
After Timo Werner made a surprise visit to Leipzig, Chelsea’s already underwhelming attack is suddenly even more underwhelming. In response to the hopes of the supporters, the German striker was signed in the summer of 2020. Werner’s offside calls and terrible squandered opportunities are perhaps the only things that the supporters remember about him.
Armando Broja and…Michy Batshuayi are the only players available to Chelsea at the moment who can play in the crucial striker position. Broja is the kind of striker Chelsea has been searching for for a while, and he is the perfect player for the position. The strengths of Broja include his 1.91m height and his ability to sprint.
Although Broja will turn 21 this year, there is still much work to be done. The 2001-born striker for Southampton only scored 6 goals in 32 games the previous season, which is a fairly low total. At least for this season, it is still too early to predict that Broja will be able to carry Chelsea’s offensive.
Batshuayi’s expectations may be harder for Broja to face than those of the supporters. In actuality, the Belgian athlete simply appears to be wearing a Chelsea jersey. This striker’s name was not included by Coach Tuchel to the Blues’ list of players who have signed up for the upcoming season. According to the British media, Wolves are interested in signing Batshuayi, therefore the day that this player joins “The Wolves” is probably not too far off.
Solutions for Tuchel.
With a “heartbreaking” victory over Everton, Chelsea has started their new season. Due to Jorginho’s lone goal from the penalty spot, Tuchel’s instructors and pupils started the season with three points. At least until the Blues have a quality contract in the striker, the scenario from the game against Everton will likely occur very frequently in the upcoming matches.
There is not much time left before the end of the transfer window, and Chelsea does not have many places to shop. Chelsea will undoubtedly face pressure if they do purchase the player they want because the majority of teams have “closed” the transfer window.
When Chelsea’s new president Todd Boehly splashed out cash to purchase Cucurella while the Blues were still there and Chilwell and Azpilicueta could play left-back, Gary Neville and Carragher once remarked that he had “purchased individuals like in the game.” When Chelsea required a striker rather than a left-back right now, the Cucurella deal seemed even more absurd.
It’s possible that coach Tuchel is content to manage the players he has. The German tactician employed a 3-4-2-1 system in the first game, with Kai Havertz making the highest kick. Mason Mount and Sterling are the German’s supporters. Only Sterling, though, partially matched expectations.
After the encounter against Everton, BLV Ron Walker of Sky Sports said the following: “Chelsea receives all Sterling provided for Tuchel. The pressure in the final third of the field is too great because this team’s other two attacking options are virtually nonexistent.”
The statistics collected after the game somewhat corroborated Ron Walker’s assertion. The Chelsea trio attempted eight shots in total, but none of their attempts resulted in goals. More significantly, neither Havertz nor Mount were able to complete a successful pass during the full 90 minutes of play. Although Sterling made 3 successful passes, there were also 7 times when he mishandled the ball, which is a significant number.
It is difficult for Chelsea to produce the anticipated results next season with the personnel they currently have. It is clear that coach Tuchel’s preseason goal of getting the Blues into the top 4 is not a humble one and is actually the team’s best option right now.