Chelsea, despite significant investment in players, currently facing numerous challenges. Chelsea, under new owner Todd Boehly, has been a top player spender in the transfer market, investing over £900 million since May 2022. However, the team has struggled to maintain consistency and has faced numerous issues on the field.
The club has surpassed the British transfer record twice in a row with the £106 million purchase of Enzo Fernandez in January 2023, and has experienced a lack of consistency due to the club’s history of abruptly firing managers.
Players may find it challenging to adjust to various tactics and playing styles as a result, which may lead to inconsistent performances on the field.
Todd Boehly has appointed four different managers since taking charge in May of last year. Just a few weeks into the previous campaign, he fired Thomas Tuchel and replaced him with Graham Potter, citing a “long-term vision” that ultimately failed.
“I can’t see any reason why this Chelsea team is struggling,” Christian, a Barcelona fan told CrispNG. He continued “maybe it’s because despite the big money they spent, they failed to bring in a big threat up front and we have all seen that it is not just about spending money in football but about how you spend the money and on who.”
Pochettino’s side is currently having trouble maintaining consistency this season despite having a strong team (on paper). They have struggled to put together a run of strong performances because of their inconsistent play.
They lost their second gane of the season 3-1 in a London Derby against West Ham and before that they drew their opening game against Liverpool and their play has been particularly erratic.
Obinna Ngwubike, a sports analyst has some questions for Chelsea;
“What was the nature of reinforcements? Did your reinforcements match the quality of the departed?”
He also aadvised the club: “Chelsea needs to start spending money on quality and reliable breed as against spending on numbers. Again, allow the coach to work with time and patience. Manchester city went trophy less in Guardiola’s first season. Arsenal too allowed Mikel Arteta the time to build.”
The squad’s lack of cohesion has been another issue for Chelsea. It might be challenging to assemble a cohesive team with so many new players joining each season.
Changes in management may exacerbate this by upsetting the team’s dynamic and making it difficult to develop a common playing style.
The amount of money invested on transfers has also put a lot of pressure on Chelsea to perform well. The club has made significant investments in new players, and it is expected that these investments will pay off on the field. The players may feel more pressure as a result, which could result in poor performance and low confidence. Chelsea has spent a lot of money on new players, but victories haven’t always followed.
A Chelsea fan, Pojo is of the opinion that Chelsea is not spending this much for instant success but for the future.
“Normally (spending so much) doesn’t guarantee anything. The market is hiked. To get a quality player you have to spend much,” he said.
“Personally, I see Chelsea being a force to reckon with in the next 3-5 years. I do not think they buy these players for instant success and that’s why age bracket is 23y/or down.”
“They want to build a team. This is rebuilding and you have to spend. Man city did it, Liverpool did it, but they have much better coaches.”
Chelsea has faced challenges such as inconsistency, management changes, lack of cohesion, and performance-related pressure. To meet expectations, they must address these issues.
Meanwhile, Key players like Reece James and Christopher Nkunku have been injured, potentially disrupting their rhythm and hindering their ability to produce consistent results.
Football success is influenced by various elements, and a single explanation may not fully capture the intricacies and dynamics at play in a team’s performance.