The winners and losers of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea appointment
A new era is underway at Stamford Bridge.
While some Blues fans continue to mourn the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard and refuse to look to the future, others anxiously await the debut of new coach Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday night.
But which players can expect to become regulars of the former Paris Saint-Germain manager’s plans, and which former favorites could find themselves outside the circle of trust by the end of the season?
90 mins crosses the winners and potential losers of the Chelsea camp after Tuchel’s appointment in West London.
Let’s face it – Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a big loser at Chelsea for quite some time now. He was fortunate last season that no competition was waiting behind the scenes to replace him, and now that Edouard Mendy is at the club he has been forced to give up his place in the camp.
But Tuchel is believed to be an Arrizabalaga fan (he has presumably not watched any Premier League football in the past 18 months) and could give him another chance between the sticks. Brave or stupid? You decide.
Rumors have been circulating in recent days regarding Antonio Rudiger’s attitude and the role he played in Lampard’s downfall, but football is moving fast, and that may soon be forgotten.
In truth, he seemed to have regained his place in the squad, completing 90 minutes in Chelsea’s last two outings, as long as it can continue under Tuchel!
N’Golo Kante has been a regular at Chelsea midfielder this season, although the lack of structure and balance to the side has left him looking exposed and playing some of his worst football since joining the Blues.
What better coach to guide him then, than the one who likes the 4-3-3 and will surely place the French at the base of his midfield? Prepare to see the first Kante on the field again.
Even Lampard’s most loyal fans ended up becoming frustrated with their manager’s reluctance to launch Callum Hudson-Odoi into the Premier League, especially given the flashes of genius he showed during his cameos. The starlet is considered a gem of English football in Germany, and Tuchel must have a plan to make the most of the talented winger.
Watch this guy explode. Kai Havertz’s abuse – or misunderstanding – was one of the main factors leading to the Chelsea board’s loss of confidence in Lampard, and the world is waiting for the £ 62million man sterling proves its worth. In Tuchel, we might have a tactician who can unlock the German prodigy and turn his fortune from flop to superstar over the next five months.
It was a stoppage season for Christian Pulisic, who, having demonstrated his potential under Lampard last year, had that platform ripped off under him this time around. The arrival of Timo Werner forced the American to share the left wing as his coach tinkered with tactics, and the lack of pace saw his form take a nosedive. It’s time to get back to the vibes of early 2020, Christian.
That painful expression etched on Timo Werner’s face is one we’ve grown too accustomed to over the past six months. Lampard managed to strip the striker of any confidence, attacked him when things were wrong and generally alienated the previously prolific forward.
Watch out now, guys, he’ll come out swinging under Tuchel.
If Arrizabalaga is a winner, that makes Mendy a potential loser. The Frenchman has looked fairly stable since replacing the Spaniard, but even then he hasn’t really inspired confidence. Tuchel might consider neither of the two keepers to meet standards next season, and Mendy’s dream may already be over.
We don’t necessarily expect Thiago Silva to lose his place in the side, but he said this after Tuchel was sacked by PSG: “It’s difficult but it was predictable that it would happen. Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that needed to be changed. ” Embarrassing…
For some strange reason, Lampard decided to put his faith in Andreas Christensen and send Fikayo Tomori away from Stamford Bridge instead. How much could have been different if Tuchel had arrived a week earlier.
Either way, we can’t see Christensen impressing the German coach too much, despite the Dane having had a successful Bundesliga stint with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Mason Mount was arguably the biggest winner of the Lampard era. He learned his trade under him at Derby, joined Chelsea’s first team with his coach by his side and received the captain’s armband in Lampard’s last game at the club.
Sadly, we cannot see the impressive midfielder enjoying such glory under new management. With competition for hot spots in the middle of the pitch, Mount may miss Tuchel’s diet.
If Mount struggles for game time, Gilmour won’t stand a chance. The youngster has had sporadic opportunities in the Blues roster under Lampard, but those days may well be over.
The former Chelsea boss has suggested Gilmour could be on loan, which could become even more certain over the next few days.
If Werner was given the green light as a center forward and hit the ground running, then Tammy Abraham could end up in the pecking order.
Lampard’s insecurities on his best starting XI saw the 23-year-old give himself plenty of chances, but if Tuchel has more clarity in his thoughts it could signal a spell on the bench for another academy product. of Chelsea.