Chelsea boss Tuchel insists he will not copy Frank Lampard's transfer method this summer
Thomas Tuchel has insisted that, unlike his predecessor Frank Lampard, he will not pick up the phones to convince potential transfer targets to join Chelsea.
It is quite well-known that Lampard helped secure last summer’s deals for Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, and even Thiago Silva.
Silva, for example, said that Lampard convinced him he did not have to worry about his age in a telephone conversation.
It had to be done with a help of a translator since the centre-back did not really speak English at that point. But Silva said he was “over the moon” after that conversation.
Silva is certainly not the only one who got a phone call from Lampard. Chilwell, Ziyech, Werner, and Havertz have also opened up about Lampard’s role in their decisions to join the club.
Considering these players’ admissions, it is safe to say that the method is quite effective.
Tuchel, however, has confirmed that he will not follow the same approach.
Tuchel refuses to be directly involved in securing transfers
“Imagine the worst person on the phone that you know, then double it — [it’s] me,” the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports (via Football Daily) about his communication skills via telephone.
“I’m so, so happy that I don’t have to be on the phone because I’m the worst guy, maybe, on the phone.
“I want to be a coach, and I’m so happy to be a coach here [at Chelsea]. But I don’t want to get involved in all things I need to have a transfer.
“I clearly give my opinions, I suggest names, I listen to the scouting and loan departments — and then we will have a full picture.
“[We will] adapt this picture many, many times during holidays and the pre-season to possible departures and injuries.
“But in general I have ideas of profiles that can help us. Profiles in terms of characteristics and skills.
“Then it is an open talk and will be decided as a group of me, the scouting department, and the board.”
It is rather surprising that Tuchel said that he is not very good at talking via telephone given how good he has been at interviews and press conferences.
After all, he seems to be someone that would love to spend all day talking about tactics.
Fortunately, Chelsea also have a technical and performance advisor in Petr Cech who might be able to help in that aspect.
Bear in mind that Cech reportedly flew to Germany alongside Lampard to help convince Werner about the Stamford Bridge move.
At least Tuchel has already had profiles of players that he would want in the transfer market in mind which is a good starting point.