TCC View: Ranking all ten Chelsea forwards for the 2021/22 campaign
Chelsea have an array of attacking talent on show heading into the new season, so it feels only right to rank them.
Presently, Thomas Tuchel has ten recognised forwards to work with ahead of the upcoming campaign.
This number may increase or decrease depending on how the club acts in the summer transfer window.
But for now, we will order Chelsea’s front line in terms of potential importance within Tuchel’s setup, with mention to their performances in 2020/21.
Kai Havertz took quite a while to settle into his new surroundings, but when he finally did, it was a joy to behold.
He dazzled towards the tail end of the term and could soon erupt in a Chelsea shirt.
Pat Nevin exclusively told the Chelsea Chronicle that Havertz was the Blues player he was most excited to see in 2021/22.
Much like his German compatriot, Timo Werner did not immediately hit the ground running following his switch to Stamford Bridge last year.
Yet, he still finished as Chelsea’s joint top scorer and chief assister in his maiden spell.
Tuchel showed a lot of faith in the no.11 and will likely do the same this time around.
Another new addition who took time to find his feet, Hakim Ziyech will be hoping to emerge as a key figure in Tuchel’s system.
The 28-year-old must boost his numbers if he is to hold down a regular spot (six goals and four assists last season).
Everyone is aware of his ability, it’s now on his shoulders to demonstrate that at the highest level.
Christian Pulisic really came into his own during the latter stages of the previous campaign.
He started nine of the Blues remaining ten Premier League matches.
Remain fit and the American will have a massive part to play.
Initially, it appeared Callum Hudson-Odoi was going to be a crucial cog in Tuchel’s machine.
Chelsea’s manager used the England international as an unconventional wing-back in his first two games in charge.
However, he fell out of favour after being substituted twice against Southampton in February.
Permitted Hudson-Odoi isn’t sold, his talents can still be utilised to great effect.
This could easily be a breakthrough moment for Armando Broja.
After scoring 11 times whilst out on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, he rejoined Chelsea for pre-season training.
He then signed a contract extension keeping him at the Bridge until 2026.
With Tammy Abraham the only other official striker, the Albanian may be looked upon fondly by Tuchel.
If anyone deserves a shot at the big time, it’s Charly Musonda.
After three years of injury hell, he now looks fit and raring to make an impact.
Of course, it might not be so simple to break into Tuchel’s group and a loan move is a viable option.
Michy Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea looks seriously in doubt.
After a disappointing stint at Crystal Palace, it doesn’t seem the Belgian centre-forward is wanted in South West London.
Abraham is only so far down the rankings because of all the reports suggesting he will leave his boyhood club.
Tuchel hardly gave the 23-year-old a sniff whilst the pair worked together and there’s no real reason why he’d changed his methods this time around.
Kenedy hasn’t returned for pre-season as he awaits a transfer decision by the Blues.
Valencia and Flamengo are said to be interested.