Chelsea ‘reluctant’ to commit beyond loan to new left-backs
Ahead of the weekend, Thomas Tuchel once confirmed that Chelsea are looking for solutions at left-back in light of Ben Chilwell’s long-term injury, and that recovering Emerson from his loan at Olympique Lyonnais is “one of the options” mainly under consideration – although the initial report around this possibility was not too promising.
Other options could probably include trying to recall someone else (Ian Maatsen? Baba Rahman?), Relying on either young people (Lewis Hall?) That classic old watch, a panic buy. While it’s still far too early in the month for any panic-overspending, Chelsea are also apparently a little reluctant to make any major moves on the post at the moment.
Chelsea are reluctant to sign a new l / b permanently in this window. Loan with option a possibility if they cannot get Emerson back which is the first choice. Signing one permanently now would mean they would go into the summer with five left-backs at the club, which doesn’t make sense #cfc
– Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 7, 2022
This is according to The Telegraph’s Law Matt, which adds that a “Loan with option” is our favorite weapon of choice, which is definitely on the mark for pandemic era football. Unfortunately, as Law explains, this puts us at a disadvantage in any attempt for Lucas Digne or SergiÃ±o Dest, Everton and Barcelona, âârespectively, looking for permanent transfers.
While that is certainly a reasonable approach, the idea of ââfacing the entire second half of the season with just Marcos Alonso andâ¦ Callum Hudson-Odoi? … because our left full-backs (wings) should perhaps motivate us for more decisive market action if needed – especially with Reece James also ruled out for the next couple of months or so.