Pundit names one thing Tuchel must do for long-term Chelsea security

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2021 12:33 - Neil Foster

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has been impressed with Thomas Tuchel but feels the Chelsea boss must sign a world-class striker.

Tuchel has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. He has overseen two wins and one draw during his three games in charge.

The German will hope to keep the unbeaten run going when he takes his charges to Sheffield United on Sunday.

Having replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, there is clearly pressure on Tuchel to deliver silverware. His side put on an impressive display to beat Tottenham 1-0 on Thursday night.

The challenge now is to keep improving but Jenas likes what he has seen so far.

“The start Thomas Tuchel has had has been great,” he said on BT Sport. “I think it’s so easy to sit here at times when new managers come in and be like: ‘It’s brilliant, it’s great to watch’.

“It’s enjoyable but that is what happens in management, you get a bounce, an effect when a new manager comes in.

“He’s got experience, Thomas Tuchel, and he’s done well most places he has been.”

Tuchel made his name during a two-year stint with Borussia Dortmund. That earned the German coach a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Two Ligue 1 titles, a couple of cup triumphs plus a march to the Champions League final was not enough. He was sacked in late December but did not have to wait too long for his next job.

Work to be done in the summer

The 47-year-old has penned an 18-month contract at Chelsea. The next transfer window will be crucial as he tries to make the side his own.

Jenas has identified one area he feels must be strengthened for the sake of Tuchel’s long-term future.

“If tonight (Thursday) is anything to go by, then there’s a lot for Chelsea to be excited about,” he added. “I personally still think, if they don’t bring in a world class striker, they will still be short of where he needs to be to keep his job for a long period of time.”

Timo Werner was signed last summer with the hope he could replicate his goalscoring exploits from RB Leipzig. But it has not happened for the Germany international striker.

It would be a tough call to make but Tuchel may have to make a decision over his compatriot.


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