The end of the January transfer window is not likely to be a busy for Chelsea.
Despite being announced as the club’s new head coach on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel, who will be eyeing his first win in charge when the Blues face Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime, has no intentions of adding to his squad before Monday’s deadline.
The German, who succeeded Frank Lampard just over 24 hours after the former Blues midfielder was sacked, has insisted he is happy with the options he has at his disposal, despite the club’s drop off in form in the last few weeks.
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Tuchel, speaking at his official unveiling as Chelsea’s new boss on Thursday, said: “No, [no gaps to fill] but it is hard for me to judge right now. I am very happy with what I have seen so far.
“N’Golo Kante came back [from injury] today so we have 22 players and the goalkeeper.”
Considering most bosses like to try and put their own stamp of authority on the squad they inherit from their predecessor, this news must be encouraging for Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who spent more than £220million during last summer’s transfer window to add seven new players to the squad.
Immediately, the Chelsea owner must have confidence that Tuchel can get the very best out of what he has at his feet.
However, it is only natural that, over time, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain will wish to put his own style on the squad, despite it already being awash with talent.
Although the January window is poised to have a quiet ending for the Blues, Tuchel could enter the summer window with a rather expensive-looking shopping list. According to reports, Tuchel has already set his sights on adding three new faces to his squad in the summer, although the Blues are highly likely to face stern competition from an array of…