Report: Four Chelsea players have been frustrated with game time under Tuchel
Chelsea will look to offload some of their current attackers if they are to sign another attacking player such as Ousmane Dembele, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
Many of these Blues attackers fail to meet the expectations this season, to say the least.
Among these forwards, Mason Mount is the only one who has reached double figures in goal contributions in the league, with Reece James (nine) just below him.
Unsurprisingly, some Blues fans see Dembele’s situation at Barcelona as an opportunity for the London club to add another talented winger to their squad.
Law, however, suggested that a January deal seems unlikely since Chelsea will look to sell one of their attackers before signing another one.
“If they’re going to sign Dembele, they’re going to have to start being sure about players whom they might be able to shift out,” he told the London is Blue podcast.
“They’ve already got too many players for those wide positions.
“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] was getting frustrated at one stage that he was spending a lot of time on the bench.
“[Hakim] Ziyech up until recently was frustrated he was spending a lot of time on the bench.
“You got obviously [Timo] Werner who I think is unhappy and will look to leave in the summer.
“[Christian] Pulisic who has come out with quotes during [international] duty which makes it sound like he’s a little bit unhappy.
“You’ve still got Havertz who definitely won’t go anywhere. [They’re] still trying to work out where he fits in.”
Not enough room for so many attackers in Tuchel’s system at Chelsea
If, as Law suggested, Tuchel is having a hard time keeping his current forwards happy with their game time, it seems sensible to trim the squad before bringing in more players.
Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system, which only uses three attackers on the pitch, certainly makes things even more difficult for these attackers.
In other words, seven players, including Lukaku, are all competing for just three spots, with four of them inevitably not making the starting line-up in each fixture.