Jamie Carragher was worried that Thomas Tuchel might struggle to keep all his Chelsea attacking assets happy if they are wrestling for the same spot, speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
He and Gary Neville analysed the Blues comprehensive 2-0 win over Newcastle United last night.
Chelsea moved into the top four ahead of Liverpool on a night of revelations. Timo Werner’s well-publicised goal drought came to an end.
A tap in at the back post probably wasn’t the way he’d dreamt of ending his 15-game baron run, but not a single person inside Stamford Bridge would’ve cared.
Despite struggling to find his shooting boots up until yesterday’s victory, the 24-year-old has found far more joy playing in a wide position rather this his customary no.9 role.
This is down to Tuchel’s tweak of system, which requires two creative outlets to support the lone striker.
Although this is clearly benefiting Werner, Carragher voiced apprehensions that this may hinder others in Chelsea’s squad.
“I think it’s really interesting he said he works best with a fixed striker,” said the former Liverpool defender after talking to Tuchel post-match.
“Abraham and Giroud in that position. If he keeps playing that system, he’s (Werner) one of the two no.10s.
“And then you think: how many players will want to play in that position?
“(Mason) Mount, (Kai) Havertz, (Hakim) Ziyech, (Christian) Pulisic. You say they are good options, but I think back to Frank’s (Lampard) situation. It will come with Thomas Tuchel as well.
“Sometimes you can have too many. It looks like they’ve got one attacking player too many. Sometimes that can cause you a problem on the training pitch, keeping players happy.“
It’s no secret Chelsea possess one of the strongest and deepest squads in the division. Not to mention the most expensive.
Fitting all these prized possessions together was an almost unsolvable puzzle for Lampard. Tuchel now has the task of picking up the pieces and reassembling them again.
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Many managers would dream of having this healthy dilemma and I’m sure Tuchel is taking it in his stride.
Chelsea has a barrage of fixtures coming up and all hands-on will be needed on deck. Players will get the chance, they just need to show patience.