Chelsea is in the midst of a large-scale rebuild. The Blues are in the process of turning their squad upside down throughout this transitional summer. While many fans may not have agreed with the UK Government’s decision to sanction former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the club’s takeover is actually having a positive impact. The day Todd Boehly and Co. took over at Stamford Bridge, the club was presented with a golden opportunity. The Blues were undergoing so much transition at the top that it was only natural for it to trickle down into the first team over time.
Thomas Tuchel has been handed five new signings thus far—Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka and Marc Cucurella—with more expected to get through the door by the time the window slams shut. Chelsea must now also clear out the deadwood it has talked about offloading for years now. Supporters are beginning to see movement under the Boehly regime, unlike in years past. Timo Werner’s imminent move back to RB Leipzig is another massive milestone in the summer’s proceedings.
Timo Werner leaving Chelsea is a huge positive ahead of mass changes
Werner is set to end his disappointing two-year spell with the west London club, opting to return to his old German stomping grounds on a permanent deal. Even though the versatile forward is one of the most lovable figures in the first team, it’s been evident for quite awhile that the two sides were headed for a divorce. Thomas Tuchel and Werner simply didn’t see eye-to-eye, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing surprising about these developments considering Werner was a Frank Lampard signing in the summer of 2020.
Werner’s continued presence in the team has been a microcosm of a greater issue at the club. For years, Abramovich’s “chop and change” managerial approach meant Chelsea’s first team was littered with players signed under a plethora of different managers. As things stand, the Blues’ senior squad has individuals brought in by six different managers. Something has to eventually give in order for Chelsea to compete on a consistent basis with England’s heavy hitters. As Boehly continues to settle into his new role on Fulham Road, supporters are beginning to see how the American will operate in years to come.
The new owners have put all of their faith in the current manager. This move is only logical considering Tuchel has brought the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup to SW6 since taking over in January of 2021.
There will be struggles along the way, but the sale of Werner shows that the Chelsea hierarchy is fully behind the gaffer. Furthermore, this transaction displays the club’s willingness and urgency to move on from players who will no longer be in Tuchel’s plans. Marcos Alonso, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Malang Sarr represent just a handful of other names seriously linked with summer departures. Werner’s exit is just the tip of the iceberg, but it was an important step in the right direction for the Blues. There are just three weeks left of the summer transfer window. If Werner’s sale is any indication of what’s to come, Chelsea will be one of the market’s most active teams.
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