‘Different ideas’: Boehly and Tuchel disagreed about keeping 18-year-old at Chelsea this season – journalist
Journalist Simon Phillips has told GiveMeSport that Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel disagreed about whether to keep Carney Chukwuemeka at Chelsea for this season.
The 18-year-old was one of the signings reportedly led by the new owner, with him keen to bring in a number of young stars for both the present or the future.
The list included the acquisitions of Gabriel Slonina, Cesare Casadei and Omari Hutchinson as the American made sure to keep an eye to the future as well as addressing the current first team.
One young signing who could impact the first team though is Chukwuemeka, who has reportedly been impressing Graham Potter in training in the first few weeks of his time in charge.
Chukwuemeka wasn’t wanted by Tuchel
However, Phillips has claimed that there was a good chance the former Aston Villa man wasn’t going to be here at all this season, with Tuchel not feeling like he could contribute at the top level.
He said: “This is one of the many things that Tuchel and Boehly ended up disagreeing about, it was the signing of Chukwuemeka.
“I’m not saying Tuchel didn’t want him but they had different ideas about his role and Tuchel was more keen to send him out on loan to go and get experience. Straightaway, you can see why Tuchel didn’t pick him and didn’t play him because, it’s not that he didn’t want him in his squad, it’s that he didn’t think he was ready to play regular matches for Chelsea.
“So there was that disagreement there and Boehly had just spent quite a bit of money on him so Boehly wanted him playing this season.”
While the money is obviously a big factor, it seems as if based on talent alone we could see the introduction of Chukwuemeka to the first team in the near future.