Chelsea squad issues Thomas Tuchel must focus on now transfer window is closed

With Chelsea choosing not to recruit in the January transfer window or only shipping out Fikayo Tomori as someone who might have featured for the team, that has left new head coach Thomas Tuchel with plenty of players to choose from in the second half of the season.

Tuchel has 24 players at his disposal heading into part two of the 2020/21 campaign and with that comes plenty of selection headaches and trying to keep his players happy all at once.

It’s no easy feat for the German, who has won one and drawn one so far since replacing Frank Lampard as manager in west London.

He’s already changed Chelsea tactically, switching to five at the back but he has shown throughout his career he is not afraid to make moves in his setup for a specific game against a specific team.

“There were no trust issues and if you know my reputation I will push every youngster to be ready and I saw in training today, zero doubts that we have 20 or 21 players that are ready to play for Chelsea and in games for us,” Tuchel said prior to the Burnley victory at the weekend.

It will be up to the manager to decide how he implements all of those players in his squad but what selection dilemmas does he have heading into the Spurs game on Thursday and beyond that?

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Left back/wing-back

Callum Hudson-Odoi looks set to continue at right wing-back later this week but there is a selection decision to make on the other side.

Ben Chilwell hasn’t had a flying start to his Blues career and Marcos Alonso was recalled for the first time in four months on Sunday, scoring in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

If you look back through history, Alonso loves playing against Spurs. He has scored three goals against them in nine matches, including both in a 2-1 win at Wembley in 2017.

Spurs fans hate him as well, so there’s that.

Alonso should start on Thursday but beyond that, you…


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