'Immediately': Thomas Tuchel thinks 18-year-old Chelsea youngster is ready to play for the first-team this season – Romano

Fabrizio Romano has claimed on his YouTube channel that Thomas Tuchel believes that Carney Chukwuemeka is ready to contribute for the first team this season.

The Blues announced the shock signing of the 18-year-old yesterday evening, after Aston Villa were unable to convince him to sign a new deal to stay with them.

This saw Steven Gerrard leave him off the club’s pre-season tour, bracing for bids for the youngster with only one year left on his contract.

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With many of Europe’s elite clubs interested in Chukwuemeka, the coup has proved fantastic for the Blues, as they convinced the England U19 international to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Romano has claimed that Tuchel was essential to him making his decision, with him making his case at a meeting last week.

Tuchel wants Chukwuemeka in first team

He said: “Guys – Thomas Tuchel. The man who changed this story. AC Milan wanted him, guaranteeing him the chance to be part of the first team with an important role, but also other clubs really keen on Carney, like Barcelona. But Carney accepted Chelsea because of Thomas Tuchel. He needs energy in the team, he’s convinced Carney can be ready to help the team immediately and become a top player in the future.

“There was a meeting last week between Thomas Tuchel and Carney and his agents and his family. This meeting was really important to reach a full agreement and have the green light.”

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Energy is one of the main characteristics of Chelsea’s current midfield, which has only been added to with the return of Conor Gallagher from his loan.

N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic have proved one of the busiest midfield pairs the Premier League has, while Mason Mount proved in the FA Cup final last season that he can still compete at a high level after 120 minutes of high-intensity football.

Blues fans will be extremely excited by the prospect of Chukwuemeka joining the club, with his addition, as well as Omari Hutchinson and Gabriel Slonina’s, proving that the new owners have a real eye for the future.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.