The 2021/22 season is expected to be the busiest for Chelsea, who are looking to overhaul their roster. Rudiger and Christiansen are departing, and the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos are also in doubt, with Barcelona interested in the Spanish duo.
Chelsea will require new signings to replace them in the event of a mass exodus. Tuchel is looking for a number of players, but one signing and the return of academy graduates from loan could be enough. Chelsea will be without aggressive defensive leader Toni Rudiger, but Jules Kounde, who is expected to arrive, could provide a calming presence.
The Frenchman has been on their radar for some time, and he could be the club's top priority this summer.
Some of the club's loan players, such as Conor Gallagher, Ian Maatsen, Levi Coliwill, and Armando Broja, have been outstanding on loan, and Chelsea cannot afford to lose them. Tuchel should not be concerned about squad depth with their impending arrival of the Academy stars. The Cobham graduate's performance is enough to guarantee strong competition within the sqaud.
Andreas Christiansen, who is leaving, could be replaced by Levi Coliwill. Conor Gallagher is fit to fight for a place in the blues midfield and he could fill the void that is likely to be left by Saul's impending departure. As he gains experience on the flanks, Ian Maatsen will provide a backup option for Ben Chilwel and finally, Broja will give the team more options on the front lines.
With that in mind, how will Chelsea's squad look with just one signing and the arrival of the academy stars?
Goalkeepers: Eduard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Marcus Bertinelli
Center-halves: Thiago Silva, Jules Kounde, Trevoh Chalobah, and Levi Coliwel.
Full-backs: Reece James, Ben Chilwel, Ian Maatsen, and Dujon Sterling.
Midfielders: Kanté, Conor Gallagher, Jorghino, Loftus Cheek, and Matteo Kovacic are central midfielders.
Wingers/AM: Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Hudson Odoi, and Hakim Ziyech .
Strikers: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Armando Broja, and Romelu Lukaku
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