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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly could devise a team capable of winning the Premier League if he boosts Graham Potter’s squad with three new signings.
The Blues are currently in mid-table after a disappointing start to the season but Express Sport takes you through what their starting line-up could look like with yet more backing in the transfer market…
Goalkeeper – Arrizabalaga
One of Potter’s first courses of action after taking the reins from Thomas Tuchel was to wipe the slate clean between the sticks. Edouard Mendy had been the undisputed No 1 since signing from Rennes in 2020, going on to claim the accolade of FIFA Men’s best goalkeeper the following year.
His performances have fallen off since, however, and despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s calamitous start in dark blue, he has performed well when phased into the side by Potter. In light of Mendy’s shaky showings at the World Cup, the Spaniard could have a shot at maintaining his spot in the long run.
Defence – Gvardiol, Silva, Koulibaly
In Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea have two highly-experienced centre-backs on their hands. The pair’s know-how and winning mentality should work wonders in the dressing room and stand them in good stead for a future Premier League title charge.
But youth is needed, and with Wesley Fofana’s patchy injury record, the Blues are heavily rumoured to be preparing a swoop for RB Leipzig youngster Josko Gvardiol next summer.
The 20-year-old has dazzled with Croatia at the World Cup and his prospective arrival would give Potter an immediate boost, not to mention his future potential.
Midfield – James, Bellingham, Kovacic, Chilwell
Reece James is likely to lay claim to the right wing-back spot for years to come with Cesar Azpilicueta now entering the twilight of his career, while Ben Chilwell has competition from summer signing Ben Chilwell on the left-hand side.
The middle of the park is where things could change, however, with both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante out of contract at the end of the season. Mateo Kovacic still has plenty of years left at the top level and Jude Bellingham would be a blockbuster coup for Boehly, who is believed to have mounted a personal charge for the Borussia Dortmund youngster with Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid also in the mix.
Attack – Sterling, Nkunku, Mount
On the right and left, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount are two England regulars with pace, intelligence and an eye for goal. Potter also has a range of capable options to call on from the bench including Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is still on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.
Up top is where the true selection dilemma lies, however, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a hugely experienced customer and Armando Broja tipped for big things.
But Christopher Nkunku’s arrival from RB Leipzig next summer which, by many accounts, is completely agreed, could give the Blues the jolt they need to catapult up the Premier League table.