Chelsea will have the task next season to close the gap between themselves and the current leaders of the Premier League, Manchester City and Liverpool. While the points difference in the table seems to be a pretty big jump between clubs, the Blues are confident they can make a move and become England champions once again.
They have a manager, now they have a new owner, and only the real players are missing – reinforcements in the transition period. Ousmane Dembele was considered a real fit to help Chelsea in their quest for glory next season, on several occasions. The Frenchman is a pretty cheeky winger, however, will he be enough given what’s going on at the Etihad Stadium? Pep Guardiola’s team is one step closer to signing Erling Haaland, so if Chelsea want to reduce the gap, they may have to think outside the box. Dembele is a start, but to what extent does this potential signature bridge the gap?
The news of Haaland is not surprising. You could see that a mile away, and I’m sure the Chelsea hierarchy would have predicted the exact outcome. Haaland is probably one of the world’s most prolific strikers today. The 21-year-old is rightly compared to Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski. With 28 goals in 29 games, just imagine the numbers he could get in a Manchester City jersey.
If Chelsea really want to close the gap with Cityzens, they will have to come up with a team that will be able to match their potential performance. Ousmane Dembele has been on Thomas Tuchel’s radar since the beginning of the year. His contract with Barcelona expires this summer, and according to reports, the Frenchman does not want to sign again. However, he wonders where Chelsea stand for the next few weeks while the Blues await the official confirmation of their new owner.
As talented as Dembele is, he is far from signing a ‘wow-factor’ that could take Chelsea to the top. My judgment is incredibly harsh, but it stems from his reputation during his stay in Barcelona. His attitude and delay have been under scrutiny since his first year with the Catalans in 2017. Before moving to Spain, he played under Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund. The couple had a great relationship. When it was announced that Tuchel would leave Dortmund in 2017, the striker replied: “I am disappointed because he is a coach who trusted me a lot. He was always there for me and brought me a lot. He is a very good coach with whom I had a nice time. spent. “
In his last season with Tuchel, Dembele managed to score just 10 goals in 49 games, but also recorded 12 assists. For a 20-year-old at the time, this didn’t look so bad. Honestly, you can’t judge a player like Dembele based on his goals. Like Eden Hazard, it’s just not his game. He prefers to be a creative way out. Chelsea are currently creating a lot of chances, but not many clear ones. The Frenchman could help in that regard. He is extremely unpredictable and that makes him such a great player.
There are days when Chelsea fans would sit and just admire the work of Eden Hazard. The same can happen with Dembele. He presents football fans with a series of falls from the shoulders, dribbles and vicious takeovers. Just something different from what we see with a number of attackers on the current list. His powerful shooting technique with both feet makes him the worst nightmare of any defender.
Manchester City have a number of unpredictable strikers – among them Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan and all, you will notice, in Manchester City. The addition of Dembele will close the gap in that aspect, but it leaves room for the question of a man who will play like that number nine. City will have Haaland, and Chelsea may still have no answer for that.
All the best players in the world have humble beginnings. Make your way to the top and work twice as hard to stay there. Thomas Tuchel is a coach who can help his players reach new heights. He helped in Dembele’s case and could get the best out of it in the future. Provided the Frenchman stays in form, he will probably be able to start bridging the gap between the Blues and City and Liverpool. But until the burning issue of number 9 is resolved, the gap is widening for now.