Report: Chelsea boss Tuchel has preferred back three in mind involving potential new signing
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already had a preferred back three in mind which would include their transfer target Jules Kounde, according to The Transfer Window podcast’s Ian McGarry.
Despite the contradictory claims about the potential transfer fee, the negotiation between Chelsea and Sevilla for the centre-back has reportedly reached its final stages.
The 22-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best defensive talents in Europe, but there have been questions about whether he would walk straight into Chelsea’s starting line-up.
After all, Tuchel has already had plenty of defensive options at his disposal, including for the right centre-back position which Kounde usually operates in.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, and Reece James have played in this position under Tuchel, as well as Trevoh Chalobah who recently earned his first-team promotion.
McGarry claims that Tuchel has already had a clear plan.
“Thomas Tuchel is very keen to pair Kounde with Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva if it is a back three,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
Kounde’s potentially being ahead of the team captain Azpilicueta in the pecking order straight away is obviously a very interesting claim.
Towards the end of last season, Tuchel demonstrated that he was not entirely sure about deploying Azpilicueta against quick forwards, such as Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy or Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
Instead, the manager opted to use James in the back three, while pushing Azpilicueta into the right wing-back position.
Dealing with pace is unlikely to be an issue if Tuchel had Kounde as an option.
However, Azpilicueta is still an influential figure on the pitch, and despite his age, it would be a surprise if Tuchel immediately phased him out after such a successful campaign last season.
Chalobah, on the other hand, might have to be satisfied with a limited game time in the squad if Kounde became the first-choice right centre-back as the claim suggested.