Thomas Tuchel will get his first switch window as Chelsea supervisor this summer season, however count on considered one of tinkering fairly than overhaul. Having led Chelsea to their second Champions League crown after a Premier League top-four end and an FA Cup last, Tuchel’s first season has been an enormous success, one which’s all of the extra outstanding given he did not signal a single participant in his squad.
So far, Tuchel has been becoming the squad to his 3-4-3 system, however this summer season, he’ll get to determine the gamers who swimsuit his philosophy. Top of the record might be a brand new striker, however first up would be the problem of facilitating strikes for gamers already at Stamford Bridge. They have an inflow of expertise coming back from loans and others who’ve develop into peripheral underneath Tuchel. Their switch finances might be partly dictated by whom they’ll transfer on, however successful the Champions League brings in round £100 million in whole and Roman Abramovich has already indicated he is ready to sanction big-money offers if needed regardless of final 12 months’s £220m outlay.
With that in thoughts, this is a player-by-player evaluation of the present Chelsea squad. Where a participant is just marked “Keep,” the choice was past any affordable doubt.
Various components are considered together with age, wages, character and contract size (we went with Transfermarkt for contract expiry dates for consistency). And there might be transferring components, too: departures or arrivals that trigger chain reactions, typically sudden.
Edouard Mendy (29 years outdated, contract expires in 2025)
OLLEY: Only Ederson (19) saved extra Premier League clear sheets than Mendy’s 16. Equalled the Champions League report with 9 clear sheets in Chelsea’s successful run. Impressed each Frank Lampard and Tuchel. Surely established now because the membership’s No. 1 subsequent 12 months.
HAMILTON: Has made a powerful begin to his Chelsea profession. Should be saved as No. 1 subsequent season, except they’ll land somebody even greater.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (26, 2025)
OLLEY: Started extra video games underneath Tuchel (eight) than he did underneath Lampard (six), however his profession has stalled. An extended contract and £71m switch charge make an exit troublesome, that means a mortgage may be greatest for all.
HAMILTON: Had his likelihood as No. 1, nevertheless it’s price transferring him on mortgage till they’ll command a correct charge for a everlasting exit.
Willy Caballero (39, 2021)
OLLEY: Just two appearances this season. Useful to maintain round if Kepa goes, however transfer on if he stays.
HAMILTON: He’s been an incredible third-choice possibility, however seems prone to transfer on together with his contract up.
Verdict: Contract expiring
Cesar Azpilicueta (31, 2022)
OLLEY: Has loved a revival underneath Tuchel after trying like he’d been usurped by Reece James. Positive presence within the camp and deserves a short-term extension, which they’re anticipated to supply.
HAMILTON: A flexible possibility who fits Tuchel’s philosophy nicely. Worth protecting.
Kurt Zouma (26, 2023)
OLLEY: The fixed battle to show himself in a Chelsea shirt seems prone to proceed, having began simply seven Premier League video games underneath Tuchel. Not prone to agitate for a transfer.
HAMILTON: Tuchel admitted he was “unfair” on Zouma when he arrived at Stamford Bridge, and sees him now as a “aggressive leader.” Zouma seems set to remain.
Thiago Silva (36, 2021)
OLLEY: Has not been discovered by the tempo of the Premier League as many feared. A younger squad wants his expertise for one more 12 months.
HAMILTON: Looks sure to signal a brand new deal at Chelsea.
Verdict: Keep and prolong
Antonio Rudiger (28, 2022)
HAMILTON: Was out of favour underneath Lampard, however is now integral to Tuchel’s defence. He will keep.
OLLEY: I’m much less satisfied than Tom about his future. It’s an odd state of affairs. He was in talks to increase his contract towards the top of 2020, but additionally appeared like going out on mortgage. Neither occurred. The managerial change clearly gave him extra taking part in time and I’d hold him round, however he is into his last 12 months so readability over whether or not he’ll commit his future is preferable.
Verdict: Keep except massive supply arrives.
Emerson (26, 2022)
OLLEY: Time to money in as extending his contract appears pointless given the pecking order.
HAMILTON: He’s a curious one. He all the time impresses when he will get his likelihood on the left, however he is now third alternative behind Chilwell and Marcos Alonso. Worth transferring on in the event that they discover the fitting charge.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £5m-£7m)
Andreas Christensen (25, 2022)
HAMILTON: Has develop into a key determine underneath Tuchel, and it is price protecting him if he extends his contract at Chelsea.
OLLEY: Silva staying might scale back Christensen’s taking part in time primarily based on Tuchel’s group alternatives and their choice for being the center man in a again three. Useful squad participant, so price extending if the deal is not too costly.
Verdict: Keep and prolong.
Marcos Alonso (30, 2023)
OLLEY: Such an odd participant. Falls out and in of favour, in addition to out and in of type, but he could be a match winner when the celebrities align. Worth protecting round given Tuchel’s choice for wing-backs.
HAMILTON: Alonso was out of the image underneath Lampard and appeared sure to go away the membership, however has had a renaissance underneath Tuchel and appears set to remain at Stamford Bridge.
Reece James (21, 2025)
HAMILTON: He has the potential to be among the finest right-backs on this planet.
OLLEY: James’ efficiency within the Champions League last was outstanding given his relative lack of expertise. Bodes extraordinarily nicely for the long run.
Ben Chilwell (24, 2025)
HAMILTON: An enormous-money signing final summer season when Chelsea signed him for £50m, Chilwell is right here to remain.
N’Golo Kante (30, 2023)
HAMILTON: One of the most effective on this planet at his place. Even although he’ll be 32 by 2023, it is price extending his deal.
OLLEY: Had his doubters when harm issues had been affecting his means to provide his seemingly tireless shows, however as underlined within the Champions League last, Kante’s nonetheless an elite performer. Wouldn’t prolong, although — there is no want with two years left and let’s have a look at if these harm issues proceed.
Jorginho (29, 2023)
HAMILTON: If Tuchel is given respiratory room within the switch market, then Jorginho may very well be one participant he opts to maneuver on. The holding midfielder is not going to be in need of suitors in Serie A.
OLLEY: He’ll probably be the autumn man if Chelsea signal a central midfielder. Billy Gilmour may even have designs on his position within the group. Wouldn’t actively push him out the door, nevertheless it may be time to section him out for higher choices.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £25m-£30m)
Mateo Kovacic (27, 2024)
HAMILTON: A cultured participant, who matches Tuchel’s system nicely.
Kai Havertz (21, 2025)
OLLEY: Immortalised after scoring the winner in Portugal, however there nonetheless stays a way Chelsea are working him out and he is figuring out Chelsea. Looked promising as a false 9, might but play numerous positions. Strong suspicion he’ll solely get higher.
HAMILTON: Had a sluggish first season, however is displaying indicators of fulfilling his potential, and £71m price ticket, he’ll be anticipated to kick on subsequent season.
Mason Mount (22, 2024)
OLLEY: The social media criticism of Mount was ludicrous to begin with and has certainly been silenced by the way in which he thrived underneath Tuchel, simply as he did for Lampard.
HAMILTON: Chelsea’s greatest participant this season. Keep in any respect prices.
Billy Gilmour (19, 2023)
OLLEY: Notable that Tuchel has discovered alternatives for him when he did not must. An thrilling prospect however might want to play, particularly if he thrives at Euro 2020 with Scotland.
HAMILTON: He has the potential to be an excellent midfielder. It’s positively price extending his contract, however might discover a mortgage transfer for him subsequent time period if Tuchel feels his recreation time might be restricted.
Christian Pulisic (22, 2024)
OLLEY: Injuries have not helped him and it is uncertain whether or not taking part in as one of many No. 10s in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system performs to his strengths, however time is on his facet. Next season is an enormous one for him.
HAMILTON: He has come into his personal within the second half of the season, and it is positively price protecting him.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (20, 2024)
HAMILTON: He’s nonetheless so younger, and has room to develop into. Worth protecting.
OLLEY: Tough one, this. There’s a extremely good participant in there someplace, however Tuchel hasn’t been satisfied, and if Chelsea signal a centre-forward this summer season, Timo Werner may very well be pushed out large, thereby decreasing choices for Hudson-Odoi nonetheless additional. Might have a profession as a wing-back, however I’m undecided that satisfies him. Perhaps if Bayern Munich come again with the same supply as they did prior to now, it may be time to maneuver him on.
Verdict: Keep/dump if massive supply arrives
Hakim Ziyech (28, 2025)
HAMILTON: Has proven flashes of brilliance in his first season at Chelsea, however but to actually discover his toes within the Premier League. Having stated that, he is not going anyplace.
Tammy Abraham (23, 2023)
OLLEY: The message has been fairly clear by not even having him on the bench for the Champions League last, the FA Cup last or the ultimate day of the Premier League season when, because it seems, they wanted a aim. Feels somewhat harsh given how he was progressing pre-pandemic, however a brand new begin elsewhere may be greatest for everybody, particularly if Chelsea signal the big-money striker they’re looking for.
HAMILTON: Abraham’s days look numbered at Chelsea. If they’ll discover a membership keen to pay the £40m switch charge Chelsea are after, it is price letting him go away.
Olivier Giroud (34, 2021)
HAMILTON: He has been a positive participant at Chelsea, however his contract is up. He nonetheless has a handful of years left on the high.
Verdict: Leaving on the finish of his contract
Timo Werner (25, 2025)
OLLEY: Chelsea is not a sentimental membership, however there’s an excessive amount of emotional and monetary funding in Werner to surrender after one season. If he begins scoring repeatedly, they might have a high participant on their palms.
HAMILTON: Once he can keep onside, Werner will begin hammering the targets in. Definitely price protecting and persevering with.
Herculez Gomez says he cannot think about Christian Pulisic discovering a greater state of affairs at an enormous membership if he leaves Chelsea.
Ethan Ampadu (20, 2023)
HAMILTON: I’d mortgage him out once more for one more season, however he ought to have a future at Chelsea.
Fikayo Tomori (23, 2024)
HAMILTON: AC Milan are looking for the funds for him to activate the choice to make his mortgage everlasting — for a charge within the area of £25m — after he impressed throughout his six months with the Serie A giants. He was vastly unfortunate to overlook out on a spot within the prolonged England squad. If Milan cannot afford him, then Tuchel ought to give him a shot.
OLLEY: The expectation is he’ll go away for Milan. Might have been completely different had Lampard nonetheless been in cost, however he is taken an opportunity in a unique league and good luck to him.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £25m)
Malang Sarr (22, 2025)
HAMILTON: Sarr has a long-term future at Chelsea, however he may get despatched out on mortgage once more after a season at FC Porto.
OLLEY: An opportunistic free signing final 12 months who appears prone to must exit on mortgage as soon as extra. That most likely will not be at Porto given he has endured a combined season there.
Victor Moses (30, 2022)
HAMILTON: Spartak Moscow have taken up the choice to make his mortgage everlasting, so he is off to Russia.
Verdict: Leaving (estimated charge: £3.9m)
Davide Zappacosta (28, 2022)
HAMILTON: The Italy worldwide by no means actually settled in at Chelsea, it is time to transfer him on.
OLLEY: Had forgotten he was nonetheless there. Needs to revive his profession elsewhere.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £5m)
Baba Rahman (26, 2022)
HAMILTON: Another who needs to be moved on this summer season.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £1m-£2m)
Matt Miazga (25, 2022)
HAMILTON: He’s had an incredible season at Anderlecht, and may have loads of suitors this summer season.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £2m-£3m)
Tiemoue Bakayoko (26, 2022)
OLLEY: Needs to kick-start his profession elsewhere once more and Chelsea most likely must be somewhat extra sensible with their valuation and settle for an enormous hit on the £40m they paid AS Monaco in 2017.
HAMILTON: With his contract up subsequent summer season, it is time to discover a new house for Bakayoko.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £15m)
Ross Barkley (27, 2023)
OLLEY: Has been overtaken by different gamers of the same age with comparable expertise. That’s on him. Time to kick-start his profession and that will not be at Chelsea.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £12m-£15m)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (25, 2024)
HAMILTON: Loftus-Cheek needs to be given an opportunity underneath Tuchel.
OLLEY: Not certain he did sufficient in a season through which Fulham had been relegated to warrant a crack subsequent 12 months. Another mortgage spell may be greatest.
Danny Drinkwater (31, 2022)
HAMILTON: This signing hasn’t labored out, time for everybody involved to maneuver on.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: no matter they’ll get)
Marco van Ginkel (28, 2021)
HAMILTON: Will go away on the finish of his contract
Verdict: Contract up
Kenedy (25, 2024)
HAMILTON: He’s a Premier League participant, however not adequate for Chelsea.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £7m)
Michy Batshuayi (27, 2022)
OLLEY: It might be fairly the clearout if Abraham, Giroud and Batshuayi are all moved on however he has no future at Chelsea and certainly it’s time for a brand new house elsewhere.
Verdict: Dump (estimated charge: £7m)
Expect loads of peripheral gamers to go away this summer season, however Tuchel has targets in thoughts to bolster the squad. After successful the Champions League final weekend, the 47-year-old stated: “We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover [Chelsea spent £220m last summer] because it’s also our job to keep on improving as we have still a young squad, and it’s now about [giving] them the chance to prove it again that they are capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger and this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”
Despite Tuchel’s obvious ease forward of the summer season, count on Chelsea to focus on a brand new centre-back, central midfielder and a striker. Up entrance, Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge however they haven’t dominated themselves out of the working for Borussia Dortmund‘s Erling Haaland or Tottenham Hotspur‘s Harry Kane regardless of the complexities and competitors concerned with each offers.
Lampard drove Chelsea’s unique curiosity in Declan Rice, however Tuchel can also be considered a fan. The German tactician could have his personal plans for defence, with Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule additionally linked. Despite James and Azpilicueta each impressing, Internazionale right-back Achraf Hakimi can also be on their radar. After splashing the money final summer season, count on one other busy switch window at Stamford Bridge with the coffers boosted by Champions League-winning prize cash.