“They have bought everyone and now they have a problem”

In mid-April, Chelsea’s season is completely over.. After 16 signings, more than 600 million euros invested, four coaches and, as the last straw, the elimination in the Champions League against Real Madrid, With seven games to go before the conclusion of the 2022/2023 Premier League, the London team has run out of goals. Closer to the relegation places than to the European zone and eliminated from the cups for months, to the Blues they have nothing left.

Infinite are the mistakes that have condemned this team, but one of the most tangible has been the lack of goals. After unprecedented spending in the summer and winter markets, Chelsea realized they forgot to sign the most important thing in football: a goal. “It is one of the great mysteries of all time, how can you spend 600 million and not bring a player who has influence on the goals? They seem without mordant above. It seems that Chelsea is not going to score. They have almost done it backwards”, commented former player Michael Owen once the Champions League tie was over.

The Blues they have barely scored 30 goals in 31 Premier League games. Some numbers that have done nothing but worsen under the direction of Frank Lampard as interim coach. Four games, four defeats and a single goal in favor. In the words of Michael Owen, “they have bought everybody and now they have a big problem. I think the first thing they have to do is cut the squad”.

And that is another of the great evils of this Chelsea. Todd Boehly reinforced the team, then led by Thomas Tuchel, with eight additions, but very soon he snatched the project out of the hands of the German coach. After several months in office, Graham Potter, his successor, would also have his signings. Another eight signings, several of them of great renown (João Félix, Enzo Fernández or Mykhailo Mudryk), and even more money. But the result was the same: coach dismissed and starting over.

In the end, what Frank Lampard has found upon his arrival is a club full of names, but not a team. “That exhausts the coaches. I’m sure of it,” said Michael Owen. For the former English soccer player, “when you walk into a training camp and you have 30 players, you can bet your last euro that there will be people knocking on your door. exhausts you”.

With the 2022/2023 season over, as far as Chelsea is concerned, the board Blue He is already at work in the reconstruction and restructuring of an aimless team, with the commitment to the bench as the first pending task. However, the new conductor will be the one who has to deal with this problem: “The mistake they made when buying so many players is going to affect them where it hurts the most, in their pockets, because now they are going to have to get rid of players. Some players will not want to leave, so you will have to pay them. It was a very expensive mistake.”

“I would bring back Lukaku”

Michael Owen is not the only one who speaks of not signing a reference as one of the big mistakes of the London team. “Chelsea only need one striker. Having Ziyech, Pulisic and not putting Aubameyang in the Champions League squad… doesn’t make sense to me.”stated in talkSPORT former soccer player Gabby Agbonlahor. However, the former Aston Villa player is aware that the Blues They have a problem to incorporate a battering ram: “With the amount of money they’ve already spent, they probably can’t buy a £120m striker.”.

Although what most caught the attention of Gabby Agbonlahor’s intervention was the name that he put on the table as a solution to Chelsea’s goal-facing problems: “I would bring (Romelu) Lukaku back. They need someone to score goals for them and who has played in the Premier League. If we look at Chelsea yesterday against Real Madrid, Lukaku would have scored at least a couple of goals. Reece James was putting the ball into the box and (Kai) Havertz wasn’t going to go in there.”

The Belgian striker, with a contract until 2026 with the Bluesis currently on loan at Inter Milan until the end of the season. As announced days ago by the Gazzetta dello Sport“Romelu Lukaku will return to Frank Lampard’s team ‘against his will’ in the summer as Inter Milan cannot afford the potential cost of another transfer.”

The thing about the Stamford Bridge team and the goal is a real drama. In the words of the former English player, “If you review Chelsea’s list of scorers, I think, have I got the wrong page? (Kai) Havertz has nine; (Raheem) Sterling, seven. Then you have (Mason) Mount with three, (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang with three and Jorginho with three…he’s not even at the club anymore!” But with or without Romelu Lukaku, the truth is that Chelsea’s season is over. “I felt sorry for some of the Chelsea players”Gabby Agbonlahor admitted.

However, these were not the only revealing statements by the ex-soccer player in talkSPORT. Gabby Agbonlahor, who believes that Chelsea managers must “make big decisions”, wonders: “Does Lampard make sense until the end of the season? They should have a manager looking at the players he wants (for next season)!”.

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