Chelsea’s season has been a rollercoaster ride but the side is flying under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, enjoying the bounce from a new manager.
It has not just been the usual upturn in form that is expected when a new boss comes in though, as the German has rejuvenated life into some barren areas of the squad.
While Timo Werner’s goal drought has continued, he has had more of an effect in recent games – with back-to-back assists in the Premier League and winning a seventh penalty of the season against Sheffield United.
Marcos Alonso has been an unexpected beneficiary of Tuchel’s appointment, with his exile in the squad coming to an end, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has also impressed.
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Come the summer, Tuchel will likely push to be able to implement his own impression upon his Chelsea side and spending, despite a £250m spree under Frank Lampard last summer, is expected.
A host of names have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge already, including the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, but the biggest challenge lies at the back.
Chelsea are entering a crucial 18 months in regards to their central defensive options, with big decisions required on a number of players.
Thiago Silva has impressed since arriving on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and has a one-year option in his contract to extend the deal until 2022 – with Fabrizio Romano reporting for CBS Sports that discussions on the Brazilian’s future are set to be held.
It would be a huge surprise if the experienced defender did not remain on Chelsea’s books for another year but a 12-month extension would still put Chelsea in unchartered waters.
As it stands, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christiansen and Cesar Azpilicueta all see their contracts in west London expire at the end of next season and, if the…