Mauricio Pochettino, the head coach of Chelsea, is reportedly looking to strengthen in three positions during the January transfer window.
While the Blues have impressed on occasion since the arrival of the Argentine, they currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table.
Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday was their third in four matches, with the others coming against rivals Newcastle United and Manchester United, and it has left them 11 points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Pochettino hinted after the match at Goodison Park that more new faces could arrive at the halfway point of the season, despite Chelsea having spent more than £1 billion in three transfer windows.
The club’s net spend during that time period is allegedly in the region of £700 million, indicating that short-term cuts will be necessary, especially given the revenue lost due to the absence of European football.
Nonetheless, according to the Evening Standard, Pochettino wants Chelsea to sign three new players when the transfer window reopens in three weeks.
Mauricio Pochettino ‘Still Looking’ New Players at the club
Mauricio Pochettino is said to be interested in signing a new center-back, central midfielder, and forward to address the squad’s issues on both ends of the field.
Although Chelsea scored 26 goals in 16 Premier League games in 2023-24, it was only the ninth-best return in the division, and Nicolas Jackson has struggled since joining from Villarreal.
With Armando Broja still recovering from a serious knee injury and Christopher Nkunku unable to play due to a knee injury of his own, the attack has lacked ruthlessness.
Chelsea’s major problems have been at the back, where they have conceded the same number of goals as they have scored, with the last of their three clean sheets coming nine games ago.
According to the report, Pochettino is concerned about the team’s lack of height, which has been exacerbated by the use of Axel Disasi and Levi Colwill at full-back rather than in the center.
Aside from the backline, where regular starter Thiago Silva is also lacking in defenders, only Lesley Ugochukwu stands out in midfield.
If Chelsea needs to raise funds in January, players like Trevoh Chalobah, Ian Maatsen, and Noni Madueke could be made available for transfer.