This is the 3 ways Chelsea could line up for next season, as they push ahead with incoming entries to the bridge.
If ever proof was needed that Roman Abramovich was still
motivated to back Chelsea, last summer’s spending spree
was indicative of a man – and a club – desperate for
As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic ripped through
footballing finances, the benefits of being owned by a
Russian oligarch were on full display as those at Stamford
Bridge welcomed the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and
Such is the thirst for silverware in SW6, Chelsea could be
among the markets biggest movers this summer, too.
Indeed, Sevilla star Jules Kounde is believed to be of
interest in what would represent a huge defensive signing
while, of course, the links with Borussia Dortmund star
Erling Haaland refuse to go away.
With the Premier League still weeks away from returning
and many of the game’s top stars yet to report for pre-
season duties following their involvement in this summer’s
international tournaments, transfer speculation can lead to
only one thing: imaging what potential XIs would look like
with some blockbuster additions.
Here, we’ll look at the way in which Chelsea could line-up
with both Kounde and Haaland in their ranks.
It’s not exactly ideal given the lack of natural width Havertz
would offer on the left, although Ben Chilwell’s maruading
runs down that flank would certainly help.
Still, a 4-3-3 was adopted fairly often last season and, while
having two right-footed central defenders is a slight issue in
terms of build-up play, the quality of the attacking line is
something to marvel at.
More akin to the formation Chelsea used the most last
season, Antonio Rudiger did excel when deployed as a left-
sided central defender and the energy of both he and
Kounde should allow Silva to marshall the backline.
As prolific as Haaland is, the Norwegian star may not be as
quite a finished product when it comes to his overall game
(that’s not to say it’s particularly bad, just he has a long way
to go to be considered in the same bracket as some of his
contempories in that respect).
So, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic able to offer
him much more in the way of support closer to goal, it could
be the best way to get the most out of the Norwegian star.
If getting the most out of Haaland is Chelsea’s priority,
backing him with the combined talents of Mount, Werner
and Callum Hudson-Odoi would certainly provide a decent
Should teams sit back in order to negate spaces, the likes
of Mount and Jorginho are capable of stepping in to try and
play through teams and, on the break, the wide men would
be for most defences in world football.