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“It never works” – Reputed pundit questions Chelsea’s decision to spend £89m on struggling star

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Chelsea star Kai Havertz will be out of Thomas Tuchel's matchday squad against Newcastle United. (GETTY Images)

Jamie Carragher questions Chelsea signing Kai Havertz without knowing where he fits in the XI

Writing on the Daily Telegraph (subscription required), as cited by Daily Mail, Jamie Carragher has questioned Frank Lampard’s decision to spend big on Kai Havertz without knowing where he fits at Chelsea.

The Blues signed Kai Havertz in the summer of 2020 for £89million. The 21-year-old came in with big expectations but has failed to impress so far.

Chelsea have also been on a poor run of form recently. They have won just one out of their last five league games, losing three. Amidst this, Carragher believes Frank Lampard has not figured out the “right formula”.

Kai Havertz has failed to impress so far this season with just 1 goal in the league. (GETTY Images)
Kai Havertz has failed to impress so far this season with just 1 goal in the league. (GETTY Images)

The former Liverpool defender says this is down to the manager having too many options to choose from, and then questions the club’s decision to sign Havertz.

“I look at Kai Havertz and wonder if Chelsea really needed to sign him last summer?”

The footballer-turned-pundit then wonders if Chelsea signed him just because of his reputation without knowing where he fits in the XI.

“It never works buying a player because he is so highly-rated unless you have a predetermined idea where he will fit into the side.”

Kai Havertz has played 20 games for Chelsea so far this season after his move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. (GETTY Images)
Kai Havertz has played 20 games for Chelsea so far this season after his move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. (GETTY Images)

It is not wrong to wonder if Lampard knows what Havertz’s best position is. The German playmaker has played in a variety of positions this season in midfield and attack.

During that time, he has largely failed to impress in his 20 outings for Chelsea so far this season. Apart from a hat-trick against Barnsley in the League Cup, he has scored just once in the other 19 matches. (Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt)

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However, it should be understood that Havertz has moved to a foreign club for the first time in his career. The Bayer Leverkusen youth product has only played at Chelsea for a few months.

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Chelsea tried to bring back Sarri before Tuchel appointment

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Chelsea tried to get back Maurizio Sarri before Thomas Tuchel appointment

A rather surprising bit of news from Daily Mail (h/t The Sun) claims that Chelsea tried to bring back former boss Maurizio Sarri before appointing Thomas Tuchel. The Blues sacked Frank Lampard last month and appointed former PSG manager Tuchel.

Since then, the German manager has done an admirable job of guiding the club back to winning ways. However, it has been said that Chelsea transfer supremo Marina Granovskaia wanted to bring back Sarri after Lampard was sacked.

Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January. (GETTY Images)

While the Italian may have been close to managing Chelsea again, he is now likely to go to Napoli. According to journalist Ciro Venerato, Granovskaia is said to have wanted the former manager back but Roman Abramovich vetoed the move.

“Chelsea, after having sacked Lampard, wanted Sarri. Marina Granovskaia, in particular, fought for his return. Sarri had said ‘yes’ to Chelsea but Roman Abramovich stopped everything. Sarri’s wife and son are pushing for Maurizio’s return to Naples.”

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This does sound surprising given Sarri was not too popular during his time at the club. He was successful though, winning the Europa League in his one-year stay. Sarri then took charge of Juventus but was sacked after one season.

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Chelsea making progress towards signing prolific 20-year-old star

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Chelsea making progress towards signing Erling Haaland

According to Eurosport (h/t Daily Star), Chelsea are making progress in the process of signing Erling Haaland. The club have talked about a potential move with his representatives.

The Blues have identified him as their top transfer target for next season and are willing to spend a significant amount on the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has been prolific since his move to Dortmund and has attracted plenty of attention from clubs. Haaland has continued from where he left off last season, scoring an astonishing 27 goals in 25 games.

Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

That has led to speculation around his future with a host of elite clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City after the Norwegian.

However, Chelsea could likely steal a march on other clubs as they have presented their club’s project to the striker’s representatives. They have spoken about how Roman Abramovich is likely to spend more in the coming transfer windows and push Chelsea towards silverware.

Despite spending a huge amount this season, the Russian billionaire is set to do it again. He is willing to back new manager Thomas Tuchel by signing the required players. There is a £65m release clause in his contract, which activates only in 2022.

Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munich on May 26, 2020 in Dortmund, western Germany. (Photo by FEDERICO GAMBARINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Nonetheless, the German club could cash in on the 20-year-old this summer itself by demanding a figure more than the release clause, given the interest generated.

Abramovich would be better off avoiding a battle in 2022 when the release clause activates for Haaland. They must move ahead of the queue next season and splurge on the Norwegian striker.

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Rival watch – Man United boss Solskjaer provides team news ahead of Chelsea clash

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Manchester United boss Solskjaer provides team news ahead of Chelsea clash

As Chelsea get set to host Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided some injury updates regarding his side (h/t Football.london).

Both sides are back in Premier League action after their European commitments in the midweek but Chelsea will get some time before the game given their game was on Tuesday.

The Manchester United boss is hoping the best for four vital players who are yet to be fit for the game. After the game vs Real Sociedad, Solskjaer got a new injury headache, with Daniel James the latest name to get a knock.

Manchester United’s Welsh midfielder Daniel James (R) leaves the pitch after getting attention for an injury during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 25, 2021. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

“(Dan James) we will have to check on him tonight and Scott, Donny, Edinson we hope they can be available for the weekend,” he said in his post-match press conference. “Paul still out for a few weeks.”

That means Pogba has been ruled out entirely as the likes of Edinson Cavani, Donny Van de Beek, Daniel James and Scott McTominay are still in line to return. Given the form some of them were in, it would be a huge miss for Manchester United to not have them fit in time for the game.

Manchester United’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani plays during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on February 14, 2021. (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Chelsea will feel upbeat about securing a win given their run under Thomas Tuchel which saw them beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. The last time these two sides met, it ended a stalemate. However, a win here could go a long way in Chelsea reducing the distance between the top-four spots.

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“This is what we go for” – Tuchel has his say on Chelsea’s important clash vs Man United

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Thomas Tuchel has his say on the Manchester United game

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has spoken ahead of Manchester United visiting Stamford Bridge at the weekend (h/t Sky Sports). He was of the opinion that this game could have a huge impact on the top-four race this season.

The Blues are in fifth place, with West Ham occupying fourth spot. Both sides play top opponents. A Chelsea win and a West Ham loss could see Tuchel’s side climb into the top-four. However, Manchester United have one of the best away records in the league and are top scorers this season.

Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seen wearing a mask because of the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2021. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Tuchel spoke about some of the vital aspects of the game.

“Hopefully we can win – this is what we go for,” Tuchel said. “We know it’s a big challenge because of their unbeaten away record. We know what we’re up against; a team that can hurt you any second with individual quality, with speed.

They are strong away, they can defend very compact, they are very, very good in transition. It will be a big challenge to defend all this. The implication is huge, of course. If we get a win out of this game it’s huge for us. If they get a win it will be huge for them, to put a difference between us.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea is interviewed following the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on February 20, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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The two managers are set to face off again after Tuchel took on United thrice with PSG, twice this season itself. There was also the iconic Manchester United win in 2019 that sent the team into the quarter-finals. It will be an interesting battle.

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