Mauricio Pochettino is now growing concerned at the lack of signings made by Chelsea in this summer transfer window.
That is according to The Times.
What’s the story?
Well – as we approach the end of July – Chelsea have only made two signings, neither of whom bring much experience to Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old Nicolas Jackson was signed in a £32m deal from Villarreal, while 18-year-old Angelo Gabriel arrived from Santos in a £13m move, although he is expected to join Strasbourg on loan.
Christopher Nkunku has also arrived at Chelsea, although his transfer was finalised months ago.
With roughly a month remaining in the transfer window, Chelsea are still yet to sign Moises Caicedo, Kepa Arrizabalaga is the only senior goalkeeping option, and an experienced No.9 could be used to compete with Jackson.
The Times believe Pochettino is specifically concerned about the lack of experience in his squad, and is also becoming frustrated at the slow progress made in negotiations for targets.
Make no mistake about it, this summer is not going to plan for Chelsea in regards to incomings, despite the work on outgoings proving to be a huge success.
Pochettino is right to be concerned at Chelsea
While Chelsea fans can be excited about the fact they have some of Europe’s best young talent, any successful squad needs experienced heads to guide them through a season in senior football.
At this stage of the summer, Chelsea only have a handful of players aged 28 and over who can provide that experience.
Kepa, Raheem Sterling and Thiago Silva are the only players aged 28 or over who are expected to be at Chelsea next season, with Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech set to leave.
That is a concerning situation, and hopefully, Pochettino is given some signings soon – the Premier League opener against Liverpool is just weeks away.