The home team at Stamford Bridge has a reason to add a full-back in the summer transfer window
Thomas Tuchel’s plans were thwarted when Ben Chilwell sustained an injury during Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Juventus last season. The German coach initially predicted a relatively quiet mid-season period.
“We don’t negotiate about bringing in more players because, first and foremost, we trust our squad and hope to bring back all of our players full of energy,” Tuchel said in mid-December.
Chilwell and another full-back, Reece James, must be friends with hospital beds. The home team at Stamford Bridge gradually fell behind in the race for the Premier League title and had to settle for third place overall.
Chelsea made the mistake of ignoring Marc Cucurella’s signature at the start of the 2021/22 season at the time. Coach Tuchel believed in Marcos Alonso and set the stage for Brighton to sign Cucurella for just £ 16 million.
The 23-year-old delivered an outstanding performance, particularly in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Cucurella made 63 accurate passes, yielding an 80 percent success rate, in addition to providing Danny Welbeck’s late equalizer.
Furthermore, the long-haired defender has won seven of his individual battles with Chelsea’s attacking stars. Cucurella was named Brighton’s best player at the end of the season.
Prior to that, no one else completely captured Mohamed Salah in the 2-2 draw between Brighton and Liverpool at the end of October last year, when Cucurella had a great performance. Chelsea obviously learned their lesson and were more assertive with the Cucurella deal.
When Manchester City approached Cucurella, Chelsea jumped in and took the upper hand. The Blues are willing to spend up to £62 million, including fees, to complete this transaction. Cucurella’s presence promises to help Chelsea regain its ability to attack the edge.
In Graham Potter’s 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2 system, the Spain international plays as a left-back, distinguished by his pace, ability to cross, run across the line, and contribute to attack. He also plays as a left-back center-back on occasion and was very consistent last season.
Chelsea now has more options for attacking the opponent’s goal thanks to Cucurella.
The performances, in particular, are full of energy, the tackles are tough, and the situations that move down the wing are extremely strong. On the contrary, he demonstrates confidence and peace of mind by holding the ball with both feet.
Cucurella’s key characteristics contribute to Brighton’s control-oriented style of play. Only three players in the Premier League last season made more tackles than this defender. Cucurella is clearly a signature worth the wait.
Cucurella is thus Chelsea’s fifth rookie in the 2022 summer transfer window. They had previously completed deals for striker Raheem Sterling (£55 million), centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly (£34 million), goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina (£8 million), and midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka (£20 million).