Ranking Todd Boehly era’s $1 billion Chelsea signings

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9. Carney Chukwuemeka ($19.7 million)

The attacking midfielder has swiftly exhibited significant potential following his transition from Aston Villa, and his prospects for increased playing time seem to have grown with Christopher Nkunku sidelined for several months. Although it’s premature to make definitive judgments, the early indicators are optimistic – provided he can maintain his position within the team.

8. Wesley Fofana ($88 million)

A scathing evaluation awaits the defender who has faced a grueling period since his extravagant transfer from Leicester City. At the tender age of 22, he has battled through nearly two entire seasons marred by persistent injuries. Nonetheless, in the sporadic matches he has participated in, the performances have been promising.

7. Benoit Badiashile ($41.6 million)

Displaying promise at just 22 years old, the French center-back has left a positive mark in his brief appearances for the club. However, persistent injuries have hindered his progression into a consistent member of the starting lineup. Remarkably, Chelsea suffered only two defeats in the 11 matches where Badiashile was included from the outset. The Chelsea faithful have demonstrated their affection for the defender through a resounding chant: “Todd Boehly went to France in a Lamborghini and brought us a center back, Benoit Badiashile.”

6. Axel Disasi ($50 million)

Amidst Wesley Fofana’s extended absence, Benoit Badiashile’s battle with injuries, and Thiago Silva contending with the constraints of age, Axel Disasi is poised to find himself frequently included in the starting lineup. This proposition is underscored by Mauricio Pochettino’s initial choice to entrust him in the inaugural match against Liverpool. Disasi validated the manager’s confidence by securing an equalizing goal during his debut.

5. Malo Gusto ($32.8 million)

As the Blues prepared to bid farewell to club legend Cesar Azpilicueta, they opted to bring in Malo Gusto as his successor. The newcomer’s performances in pre-season, coupled with his appearance as a substitute against Liverpool have proven to be dependable. With Reece James reportedly sidelined due to another injury, fans can anticipate Gusto occupying the right-back position more frequently.

4. Nicolas Jackson ($40 million)

The young striker faces a substantial challenge as he steps into a role that demands shouldering the responsibility of leading the front line and delivering goals for Chelsea. Having arrived at Stamford Bridge for a notable fee of $40 million, the Nigerian forward showcased his prowess during the pre-season matches with good build-up play and finishing, aiming to seamlessly transition his pre-season performance into competitive fixtures.