The £450m new Chelsea XI signed by Todd Boehly: Mudryk, Fernandez…
Chelsea have blown everyone else out of the water in the transfer market since Todd Boehly arrived. We’ve compiled an all-new XI made up of his signings in the 2022-23 season.
Graham Potter still has plenty of work to do though as his side are currently sitting 10th in the table. If they continue along on their current trajectory they will finish the season with just 55 points.
There never seems to be a dull moment at Stamford Bridge and we’ve gone ahead and compiled an XI of new Chelsea signings that cost over £450million to assemble.
GK: Gabriel Slonina (£8.1million)
Kepa Arrizabalaga has managed to establish himself as Chelsea’s number one under Potter, but Slonina might have something to say about that in due course.
The goalkeeper was picked up from Chicago Fire in the summer and he spent the remainder of the MLS season with his former club. Now back at Chelsea, he’ll be looking to make an impression.
RB: Malo Gusto (£26million)
Chelsea just love signing full-backs don’t they? The 19-year-old has impressed in Ligue 1 for Lyon and so Chelsea promptly snatched him up for £26million.
He’s back out on loan at Lyon for the remainder of the season but will arrive at Stamford Bridge to add more depth in the summer. Watch out Reece James.
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CB: Wesley Fofana (£69.5million)
Fofana hasn’t featured for Chelsea since October as he continues to recover from a knee injury. There is still hope that this signing could be a huge success for Chelsea in years to come.
The Frenchman was their most expensive summer signing and he will be keen on getting back into the action once he is deemed fit.
CB: Kalidou Koulibaly (£33million)
Koulibaly came with a huge reputation after a number of successful years with Napoli in Italy.
It’s probably fair to say that the 31-year-old hasn’t lived up to the hype and Benoit Badiashile was probably signed for that reason.
LB: Marc Cucurella (£56million)
There’s definitely a good player in there, but Cucurella has so far struggled to justify his lofty price tag. Since signing for Chelsea, almost all of his underlying stats have taken a battering compared to his Brighton days.
The number of key passes, dribbles and tackles he makes per game have all dropped off significantly. If anyone can get the best out of him though, it’s Potter.
CM: Andrey Santos (£18million)
Chelsea were all about investing in young talent in January and their £18million deal for Santos highlights just that. The 18-year-old Brazilian was picked up from Vasco da Gama and could be a star of the future.
CM: Enzo Fernandez (£107million)
Just when we thought Chelsea were done in the transfer market, they went ahead and pulled off a record-breaking deal for Fernandez.
The 22-year-old was a star for Argentina at the World Cup and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Premier League for Chelsea.
Enzo Fernandez – Savior
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CM: Carney Chukwuemeka (£20million)
The vast majority of Chukwuemeka’s appearances have come from the bench, but the 19-year-old has shown glimpses of promise so far.
He recently told the club website: “The recent game time I have been getting and the trust the gaffer has shown me has helped me believe I belong here.
“I felt I had to be patient at the start of the season. I trusted God’s plan for me and now I’ve almost surpassed the league minutes I got for the whole of last season. It’s a step forward in my career.”
LW: Mykhailo Mudryk (£62million)
His debut brought back memories of Eden Hazard and that can only be a good thing.
READ: Mudryk’s electric Chelsea debut brought hope of a new Eden Hazard
ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.3million)
Despite all of Chelsea’s spending under Boehly it is crazy to think that Aubameyang has been the only senior striker they have signed. The former Arsenal man has been in and out of Potter’s side this season.
Often Kai Havertz has been the preferred option to lead the line and Aubameyang has been left watching on from the bench.
RW: Raheem Sterling (£47.5million)
It still feels as if there is more to come from Sterling in a Chelsea shirt. With six goal contributions in the Premier League he has been their most productive player, along with Havertz, but Sterling has another level to reach.
If he gets anywhere close to replacing his form for Manchester City in the 2019–20 season then the £47.5million Chelsea spent on him will feel like a drop in the ocean.
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