Mauricio Pochettino has sent a desperate message to the Chelsea board informing them that he needs players despite club’s £600m transfer splurge in last two windows.
Mauricio Pochettino inherited an over-sized squad that had 33 players last season, and has gone on to cut off 11 of the excess players.
The club’s controlling owner, Todd Boehly has been told to continue improving the squad further despite splashing over £600m on new players over the past two windows.
Mauricio Pochettino said that: “I want the right profiles, the right players, to arrive and improve the squad.”
“Of course, as soon as possible is better than later. Today is better than tomorrow. We need to work really hard on the targets we have. We know it’s difficult. We have a very young squad.”
“It is a challenge. It is something we knew when we accepted being in charge of this club. Nothing to complain about, it is a really exciting moment.”
“We are confident we can build a really good squad that is ready to compete in the Premier League. We are still working to finish it.”
The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino has seen players like Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy leave the club.
Other players that are likely to leave the Stamford Bridge includes Romelu Lukaku, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Hakim Ziyech after being left out of the 29-man USA touring squad.
Pochettino also identified the midfield as one major area that needs to be revamped with only Enzo Fernandez and wantaway Conor Gallagher being the only recognized names on tour with the team in the United States.
Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is one player that Chelsea is looking to bring to the Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms.
Mauricio Pochettino has also been dealt with a bad news in defense line as Wesley Fofana will miss a significant chunk of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured ACL.
It doesn’t stop there, Levi Colwill is also linked with a move back to the Seagulls where he had an impressive loan spell last campaign.
Poch speaking in regards to Fofana’s injury changing his transfer plan, said: “We feel sad for him [Wesley] first but then because he is an important player for the squad.”
“We have to think and see if we stay how we are or whether we need to work to add a player but it is not sure.”
“With Levi, we were talking. It was a nice talk. It is important that they need to know us.”
“To know what we think, to see that the competition will be tough but to challenge for that and know they can be in the starting XI because football is about competing.”
“They understood and we understood what they wanted to translate to us. All is clear and we are happy with all the players we have in the USA.”
Marc Cucurella is another player unsure about his own future having fallen out of favour under former bosses Graham Potter and interim Frank Lampard as well.
Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero is an Argentine professional football manager and former player.
He was born on 2nd March, 1972 and most recently signed a deal to become Chelsea’s new coach ahead of the new season.
The former Tottenham and PSG manager started naturally as a defender and started professionally in 1989 with Newell’s Old Boys.
The Argentine began his managerial career at Espanyol in 2009 which he later left in 2012 after a run of poor results and financial disputes.
Pochettino was appointed the manager of Premier League side Southampton in 2013, where he led them to an 8th-place finish which was their best-ever finish.
From Southampton, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 and finished as EPL runner-up in the 2016–17 season and also reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2019.
He was dismissed from Spurs after a run of poor results, and then in 2021, he moved to France, joining Paris Saint-Germain, where he won Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.