Report: Tuchel being encouraged to try new formation at Chelsea next season with completely untried midfield pairing
Returning Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has been tipped to be a shining light for the club this season, potentially in a new-look system.
Journalist Dean Jones has claimed the 22-year-old could be a crucial part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans if he looks at implementing a new formation next year.
Chelsea have often lined up with three centre backs in the side, leading to only being able to feature two centre midfielders at any one time.
This has seen a selection of N’golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic or even Mason Mount missing out on starting lineups.
This competition for places could be seen as a deterrent for any young options, Gallagher has impressed enough in his loan spell with Crystal Palace to reportedly put himself in Tuchel’s thinking for next year.
The path to a starting place for the 22-year-old could also be made possible by a system shift, a circumstance which the German is reported to be coming around to.
Jones claims Tuchel is being encouraged to switch to 4-3-3 system, which should not only get the best out of Gallagher, but the same for Mount.
Mount has already established himself as a crucial first-team player at Stamford Bridge, but it has normally been as part of the front three, being a fluid attacking force, rather than in a deeper midfield role.
The pair have never played together in the club’s first team, however both hold great qualities which could see them become important members of a midfield three.
While Mount has been key to the attacking output at Chelsea, moving him into the midfield could free up a position for a potential new signing, such as Ousmane Dembele or Raheem Sterling.
One of the traits common between the two of them is work-rate. Gallagher was up there with the highest distance-covered in the league, while after a gruelling season, Mount was still covering a lot of ground in extra time of the FA Cup final.
The dilemma would be which option from Chelsea’s current cop would be best to compliment the duo, with Jorginho’s ability to keep possession being weighed against Kovacic and Kante’s transitional skills.
Tuchel should probably decide based on the opponent, with some fixtures requiring a counter-attacking style and some requiring a more patient approach.