Graham Potter, the head coach of Chelsea, has discovered a super star worth £109 million to solve Chelsea’s problem.
Even if Chelsea won every last one of their Premier League games, they would still have given up more goals than Jose Mourinho’s 2004–2005 champions.
Arsenal, Newcastle, and Manchester City can all only let up three goals more each if any side in the league wants to shatter the league record of just 15 goals. Nowadays, more goals are scored by teams, but it’s unlikely that Mourinho’s record will be soon challenged. Spoiler alert: they never do.
The problem for Chelsea is that it extends beyond “this season.” Since Thomas Tuchel’s first five months with the club, their defensive record has significantly deteriorated. They have given up 35 goals in 31 games in 2022 compared to 32 in 42 games in 2021.
Chelsea haven’t been able to regularly shut teams out, whether they were using a back five, back four, or back three—which Graham Potter has been using more frequently lately. Prior to it, they had five straight clean sheets and their most recent was seven games ago. The last time there were consecutive clean sheets was in February, going back even deeper.
Losing Antonio Rudiger doesn’t help, but adding Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and Wesley Fofana for more over £100 million makes things complicated. Reece James’ absence and the lack of a midfield protector both contribute to the problem. However, Potter needs to figure out how to fix the issue.
However, there might be a January solution to this. According to Rudy Galetti, Potter and Boehly may turn to Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez in the middle of the season. His team was eliminated from the Champions League and also missed out on the Europa League.
Under Frank Lampard, the Uruguayan was rumored to be moving to SW6 in 2020, but his enormous £109 million release clause was a major deterrent. Now that he is 27 and under contract until 2025, Todd Boehly might be able to negotiate a lower price for the center-back by displaying some winter brilliance.
Gimenez will spend the upcoming month at the World Cup with his nation, but if Chelsea decides to add more defensive reinforcement to their roster, he might potentially be involved in a hectic January transfer window.
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