'Interesting': Joe Cole says Todd Boehly has had an idea at Chelsea which will be so difficult to pull off
Former Chelsea player Joe Cole has told The Athletic that Todd Boehly’s idea of incentivised contracts will be very difficult to pull off at the club.
A lot of the news surrounding Chelsea signing new players over the summer was that they were being offered long-term contracts, where players would earn their way to larger amounts of money through performances and results.
This has rarely been seen before in the Premier League, with teams often fighting for the services of a player against another competitor.
While it is unknown if this scenario came in to play when they looked to sign players such as Raphinha and Jules Kounde, the Blues did miss out on those deals despite looking favourites at a stage.
Cole has claimed that while the concept sounds good, Boehly may struggle to implement it going forward, especially when the best players in the world become available.
Cole questions Boehly idea
He said: “It seems great in practice, but ultimately football is a perilous game because we’ve seen great players, myself included, get an injury through no fault of your own and you’re not at the peak of your powers all of a sudden. You’ve only got a finite time to earn money as a footballer.
“That type of contract sounds great, the morality of it, but in practice it is very different when you’re competing financially to buy a player. It will be tough to implement. They obviously know that. I would love to sit down and ask them how they’re going to do it because that will be interesting.”
Boehly has certainly not been short of ideas since making his first venture into football earlier this year, with some being better received than others.
His pitch for the sport to follow in America’s footsteps and install an All-star game brought much criticism, most of it completely unwarranted.
It remains to be seen whether the incentivised contracts will be a positive for the Blues, most likely if they require to re-offer terms to potential signing Christopher Nkunku.