Mauricio Pochetino declares the further expansion of his spending spree as an already inflated Chelsea roster doesn’t seem to cut it
Mauricio Pochetino calls for More Signings
“I don’t say if I am going to ask for more or less players. It’s to see if the perception matches the reality.”
‘We are missing something. We need to improve our reality.”
These are the words of a desperate Mauricio Pochetino. 16 matches played, 5 won, 4 drawn, 7 lost and over £450m spent in the summer. Surely such an influx would’ve paid dividends if we looked at it from an outsider’s perspective in August. However, things haven’t exactly gone to plan as Chelsea continue to struggle in the Premier League, dropping points against weaker teams on paper and not going all in against stronger ones.
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Does their squad actually lack quality or are injuries holding them back? Let’s take a look.
A Glance at the Squad
Only three players remain from that almost-miraculous 2021 UCL triumph. From Enzo Fernández to Christopher Nkunku to Mykhailo Mudryk and everyone else in between, Chelsea still has some serious ballers sitting at the table. With such goldmines in their possession, it’s a given that they must’ve been in a comfortable possession but it seems money can’t buy you efficiency, at least not in the Premier League. In the 16 games they’ve played so far in the Premier League, they’ve scored 26 but also conceded 26.
The goal-scoring rate may just be okay but there are serious question marks over their defense. A backline with the likes of Thiago Silva, Benoit Badishale, Levi Colwill and Reece James cannot be giving these many goals away.
However, Poch isn’t happy with his frontline as he believes they’re the ones lacking. Speaking to the media, he says:
“If we are not able to score today with all the chances we had… we have to score if we want to win the game.
“We need to be more aggressive. Then it’s a massive assessment and when the transfer window opens, we will see what we can do.“
“We are missing something. We need to improve our reality.”
Mauricio Pochetino calls for More Signings: The Epidemic of Injuries
“From the beginning we are dealing with these situations and it’s too much. It’s a young team and we need everyone together if we want to build something solid.”
Chelsea kicked off their season with some missing armor. Hot summer signings Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku are yet to make their much anticipated debuts, currently sidelined by long term injuries. On the other hand, their skipper Reece James has had his ins and outs along with Ben Chillwell and Wesley Fofana. They’ve also missed that attacking depth provided by Armando Broja and Noni Madueke, both of whom have also been victims to uncalled-for injuries.
They were recipients of even more bad news as Robertson Sanchez and Marc Cucurella suffered some knocks in the game against Everton. Both are set to be out and the injury epidemic tightens its grip on the London Blues.
Will New Signings Solve the Problems?
Having analyzed their weak areas and reflected over their long scroll of injuries, it surely begs the question: Does Chelsea need more signings?
Perhaps one or two loan moves in key areas might serve as good short-term solutions. For long-term plans, this may just be the perfect time to experiment and assimilate their youth products. Conor Gallagher, Reece James, Levi Collwill and a rather infamous Mason Mount were all graduates of Chelsea’s football school. Their youth products have proven themselves very well over the years when given the chance, they deliver.
So maybe it’s time to trust their local harvest rather than relying on another series of importing goods?