Chelsea’s ‘weakness’ exposed with Thomas Tuchel urged to oversee mass exodus

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been told to get ruthless and oversee a mass exodus of his attacking stars in a bid to rebalance his squad. Former England midfielder Danny Murphy believes the Blues’ weakness is how stacked they are up front. 

The west Londoners signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in the summer but he has managed just four Premier League goals this season 

That transfer was completed only a year after Chelsea acquired fellow striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.  

In Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation, only two of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi can play behind the striker. 

It is not quite the same strength in depth that Chelsea have in other positions. Tuchel currently has a defensive injury crisis and has had to dip into the academy to bolster his squad. 

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And Murphy believes the German can improve his ranks by selling a couple of players.  

“It may seem strange but I think their heavy spending has left Tuchel with too many options in attacking areas, making their strength in depth a weakness,” Murphy wrote in his Daily Mail column.  

“Instead of sticking to a tried-and-trusted front three, as Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool, Tuchel has regularly rotated to give all his expensive acquisitions a chance and find the best combination. 

“The result has been a lack of fluidity because none of them have had enough time to build up the rhythm required at a new club. 

“[Pep] Guardiola has a similar selection policy at Manchester City but the difference is he’s picking between the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, who have been at the club long enough to understand how the team plays. 

“In contrast, Chelsea have spent more than £250million in the last 18 months on Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Christian Pulisic only arrived the summer before. 

“They are all competing for three places in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 with the likes of Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi. 

“It’s too many and Tuchel is going to have to make some tough choices and even let players leave as trying to keep everyone happy isn’t an option if you want to be successful.” 

Chelsea have made too many disappointing signings, according to Murphy. However, the former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham man thinks Tuchel can be absolved of responsibility. 

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“Managers are always in the firing line but Chelsea as a club have to take responsibility for their signings. Pulisic, Ziyech, Werner and Havertz were all risks, new to the Premier League. 

“Tuchel is the right manager, I have no doubt, but he should settle on his strongest line-up and stick to it.  

“They have drawn games they should have won in recent weeks because their front players haven’t established the right relationship. 

“Sort that issue out and there is no reason Chelsea can’t win another trophy or two this season.”
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