With Thomas Tuchel arriving at near enough the end of the January transfer window, any new recruits arriving to west London are extremely unlikely.
The Blues splashed the cash in the summer as Frank Lampard was handed a £220million war chest, bringing in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr, the latter two on free transfers and Sarr heading on loan to Porto.
Arguably, one of Lampard’s downfalls that led to him getting the sack was his inability to get the best out of Havertz and Werner, something Tuchel will be attempting to sort out with his fellow countrymen for the remainder of the campaign.
When asked if his appointment might have been with Havertz and Werner in mind, Tuchel said: “I am not sure but if it is about this then maybe it is not the biggest disadvantage at this moment.
“It was also a bit strange that yesterday I stepped up for the first time in the middle of a season a day before the match, where you are doing the first meeting, but you already know five, six or seven players.
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“Of course, maybe they are German, I worked with them or at least have spoken with them. That made it easier for me but hopefully there are more reasons than my nationality to be the coach.”
With Chelsea abandoning any pursuit of Declan Rice in the wake of Lampard’s departure, Tuchel will have to work with what he’s got, which isn’t exactly a bad squad, it just needs a bit of a leg up after a poor run of form that ultimately cost the former manager his job.
Reports have claimed that Chelsea hadn’t expected to be able to sign the likes of Werner and Havertz earlier this year and that Chilwell was the only real signing that Lampard pushed for, along with the failed pursuit of West Ham midfielder Rice.
Tuchel had very, very strong – if not unlimited – financial backing during his…