Graeme Souness has criticized Chelsea’s approach to the transfer market and questioned three of the club’s signings.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly spent more than £250m in his first transfer window since buying the club from Roman Abramovich – the most amount a Premier League club has spent in a single window.
French defender Wesley Fofana, Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, England striker Raheem Sterling, Spain full-back Marc Cucurella and Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly all joined Stamford Bridge this summer.
But Souness doesn’t think Chelsea have invested wisely and has questioned their deals for Aubameyang, Fofana and Cucurella.
“In his haste and enthusiasm to win Chelsea supporters over to his side, Todd Boehly has just spent the fat end of £300m on the summer transfer market and appears to be handling the whole business himself,” Souness told the Daily Mail.
“Unless you have a bottomless pit, the money they spent on Marc Cucurella makes no sense considering Chelsea have already had Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell and straight off Reece James in the same position.
“Is Cucurella such an upgrade for you? I do not think so. Chelsea appear to have only taken him because Manchester City wanted him.
“I understand they needed centre-backs because Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left and had Thiago Silva, 37, an age where your game can fall off a cliff in a month.
“But £70m for Wesley Fofana? At 21 he only has potential.
“The benefit of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day is that Chelsea now have a striker who has scored goals in the Premier League, which is notoriously difficult to find.
“The downside is he’s 33 and has a dodgy gene somewhere. Mikel Arteta has done extremely well for Arsenal and for his own longevity as a manager by getting Aubameyang out of the building and appears to have found an upgrade in Gabriel Jesus.
“If you want to give in to Aubameyang, you risk going down the same path as Arsenal with that fool Mesut Ozil who climbed into his chair the moment Arsene Wenger gave him a ridiculously inflated salary.”
Tuchel was asked about Chelsea’s record-breaking spending spree at his press conference outside West Ham on Friday.
“We can endlessly discuss whether we spent too much money or whether it’s too much money for the players, but the players we got are very, very good players and very good personalities,” said the German coach.
“Everything was needed to rebuild the group and inspire the group and I think we’ve made excellent, excellent signings.
“It doesn’t help if we talk too much about prices because we’re always going to find people and it might be hard to disagree if they say it’s way too much money – okay.
“That was the market for us. Maybe we weren’t in the perfect position to always find the right timing and price.
“But that was nobody’s fault, it was the situation, but the players we got are a perfect fit and I’m very happy to be working with this group now.”
Chelsea have won just two of their first five games of the season and host London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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