Tuchel’s Chelsea new-look squad next season with six stars set to struggle

Thomas Tuchel has not been at Chelsea long but the club are already preparing for the summer transfer window.

There are high hopes the Blues will finish in a Champions League spot after a remarkable upturn in form since the German’s appointment.

Sitting fourth in the table at the moment, Chelsea are unbeaten under Tuchel’s stewardship.

Landing that coveted spot will see the club’s position in the transfer window significantly strengthen – but what will that mean for the current squad?

An area that Chelsea want to boost is their striker department amid question marks over the current crop.

Timo Werner has struggled in front of goal in his debut campaign but selling him after one year could be premature.

However, if he can be used to tempt Borussia Dortmund into parting ways with Erling Haaland, the Blues will snap at such a deal.

Olivier Giroud is out of contract at the end of the season and there does not appear to be any talks over an extension, which would leave Chelsea short up front.

The Frenchman has been the club’s second top goalscorer this year despite a lack of minutes and his playing style gives them a unique advantage over many teams, particularly in Europe where he shines.

Tammy Abraham has had his woes with injuries this term but is Chelsea’s top scorer and cannot be ignored – though improvements to his overall game will be demanded by Tuchel if he wants a starting position.

What is more likely is the inclusion of Kai Havertz as a false nine, which is where Tuchel has been putting the £72m man in recent outings.

That would allow the former Paris St-Germain manager to continue his 3-4-3 system that he has preferred during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has also rotated often and the fitness problems around Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech mean Mason Mount is almost a certainty to start, while the obvious talent of Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot be ignored, though the Fulham loanee might better fancy his chances elsewhere on a permanent basis.

Jorginho has received a new lease on life since Tuchel’s arrival while N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are among the best central midfielders in the league, but it is in defence Tuchel might have to strengthen.

Thiago Silva has been a revelation but his age cannot be ignored while Chelsea may have stumbled across a ready-made replacement in Andreas Christensen, who has been superb in the Brazilian’s absence.

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  • Antonio Rudiger is another to see his form return through Tuchel’s appointment while Marcos Alonso has been brought back from the wilderness to compete with Ben Chilwell on the left flank.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi, a massive talent at Chelsea, has been the club’s utility man since the German arrived – playing wing-back, attacking midfield and up front – while Reece James continues to impress and improve.

    A new goalkeeper could be on the horizon should Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract talks continue to stumble at AC Milan but unless a real opening presents itself, Edouard Mendy can consider himself safe next season.

    Potential Chelsea squad next season

    Goalkeepers: Mendy, Arrizabalaga, Donnarumma

    Defenders: James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Christensen, Zouma, Ampadu, Rudiger, Chilwell, Alonso, Emerson

    Midfielders: Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Gilmour, Loftus-Cheek

    Forwards: Havertz, Werner, Abraham, Haaland, Pulisic, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi

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