Ahead of next season, we’ve made a list of how Chelsea’s lineup would potentially look like after their activities in the transfer market. If reports are to be believed, the blues have lined up Hakimi of Inter Milan and Haaland of Dortmund as transfer targets ahead of the 2021/22 season. If Chelsea manage to get these two players, here is how their starting XI could look under Thomas Tuchel…
GK: Edouard Mendy.
Yes, the Senegalese international would still be Chelsea’s no 1 next season. At the moment, the blues are not linked with any goalkeeper.
RCB: Reece James.
The 21 year old has evolved over the last few months. James has gone from playing at RWB for Chelsea to the right centre back role. In both positions, the Englishman has excelled but he looked far better in the centre back role. With the blues linked with Hakimi, we could see James’s role at Chelsea changed to centre back next season.
CB: Thiago Silva.
He might be 37, but the Brazilian star is still one of the best defenders in the world. His performances for Chelsea last season proved that PSG was wrong to let him leave on a free. Silva is pretty much Chelsea’s best defender and we expect him to keep his place in the sqaud next season.
LCB: Antonio Rudiger.
A lot of people have been talking about how good Ruben Diaz has been but they are leaving out Antonio Rudiger from the discussion. Since Tuchel took charge at Chelsea, Rudiger has been his go to man and next season, we don’t expect that to change.
RWB: Achraf Hakimi.
With Hakimi, Chelsea will have one of the most explosive players in the world in their squad. He would be a guaranteed starter for sure under Tuchel if he signs for Chelsea.
LWB: Ben Chilwell.
Chilwell has mastered the art of playing as a left winger under Tuchel and he is now Chelsea’s first choice down that flank. We don’t see him being outshone in that role by any Chelsea player at the moment.
CM: Declan Rice.
The West Ham midfielder has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea over the last couple of months. He was once a Chelsea transfer target when Frank Lampard was Chelsea’s manager and now, the blues are reportedly set to renew their interest in him with Tuchel’s approval.
CM: Ngolo Kante.
Kante is currently one of Chelsea’s best players and it would remain that way next season. He had a little dip in form under Frank Lampard but he managed to turn that around last season. His performances as Chelsea won the UCL were breathtaking and he would be pivotal to them once again if they want to win the EPL next season.
RW: Kai Harvetz.
The German youngster showed his quality at the tail end of last season. His performances for Chelsea took a turn for the best and he got on the scoresheet a couple of times as well. He should now be a guaranteed starter for Chelsea.
LW: Mason Mount.
Here, it’s a battle between Pulisic, Mount and Timo Werner but Mason Mount takes it all day. The 22 year old midfielder was Chelsea’s best player last season and his work rate is impressive. I don’t see Tuchel leaving him out of this Chelsea side in the near future.
ST. Erling Haaland.
The last piece of the puzzle for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. The Borrusia Dortmund striker is being linked with a move to Chelsea as he is seen as the man to lead the line for the blues next season. His cool presence in front of goal will make Chelsea a dangerous side against any opposition in the Premier league and UCL.