Sam Allardyce identifies one Chelsea matter that could remuneration them the Premier League phrase ...
The terminated Hammers switch has delivered a balanced verdict on the Blues after their impressive torch to the season underneath Thomas Tuchel and strong offload window
Former Premier League boss Sam Allardyce has pinpointed not replacing Kurt Zouma as a major compass of concern that could be costly to Chelsea as they objective the 2021/22 Premier League title.
Everything on and off the cast is rosy for the west London staff at the minute, with three feature and astute summer signings in the discharge window double with the seven points picked up in three group games.
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Despite the meritorious Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez acquisitions, the axle for Marina Granovskaia and co. has been on generating income from the outgoings of certain youngster and fringe players in this period.
One of those vocal fringe players that were shown the door was Kurt Zouma, who moved across London to link David Moyes' West Ham outfit.
The £29.8million raised from that agreement was supposed to help with the signing of Jules Kounde, but Sevilla going back on their initial £42m accordance caused the hierarchy to step away from negotiations.
It is unmentioned that may revisit their wellbeing in the ex-Bordeaux ruler when the January transfer window comes along, but Allardyce's worries in the concise call the want of a Zouma replacement could prove detrimental in a great deal ways for boss Thomas Tuchel.
He told Sky Sports: When you agreement Zouma go and you haven't replaced him is the rationale as to why they wanted to emblem Kounde.
"That could be a big telling factor because his [Thomas Tuchel's] defensive success was based on the defensive facet that they proved last year that Frank [Lampard] couldn't find.
"But he found that defensive feature at Chelsea long away which stood them in upstanding stead and I imagine they had the peak defensive register apart from Manchester City in his tenure.
"I think that is why they did so well, and they won the Champions League.
"Injuries in that scope now may make it other hard but naturally the break of the side and especially Lukaku where it was goals gone upfront last year, they've got that prime goalscorer to put that right.
"Defensively, if they suffer a few injuries, I lawful wonder how they bequeath earn on with the shade that they now own in the centre-half area.
"Zouma's missing and the young and upcoming Kounde was going to be the general replacement- he had a stack of feature in Spain and now has a substantial reputation.
"It would keep been prototype but unfortunately it hasn't happened for him."
The veteran boss then added: "I've been massively impressed with Tuchel, especially considering he walked into the employment not knowing many of the players.
"It rightful showed how well Chelsea had recruited before recipience him there because everything about being a administrator is linked to the side of your players.
"Then you bequeath see something that the supplementary managers didn't see.
"Frank was fresh attack-minded than Tuchel and a supplementary defensive minded proposal suited Chelsea better.
"They ended up going lifeless up in the coalition and winning the Champions League, so characteristic players were signed by Chelsea before he got there.
"We aren't managers anymore, we are head coaches - we don't own the ultimate sarcasm on players being bought or sold anymore."
Chelsea currently obtain five natural centre-halves in their revamped crew roster meaning, if advantageous enough with avoiding an abundance of injuries, they should be okay to compete on all fronts with the ballot of options available to Tuchel.
Of course, the January offload window could be the deliverer to assistance resurrect the Blues' season if required.