Having one of the most successful German football managers of the modern era certainly has its benefits. Chelsea have been on a huge upswing in momentum and form from the moment that Thomas Tuchel walked through the door.
The tactician has quickly built a team in his own image, creating a team that can build attacks, score in transition, and hold the ball for long periods. On top of that, they are a defensive demon who, the odd mistake aside, look perfectly in tune with one another when defending.
However, the poor form of Timo Werner has meant that even if he was not injured most Blues fans would be unhappy with him replacing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian has been out for a few weeks, though it has done nothing to stop the Blues motoring ahead of the competition in the league title chase. However, another electric striker off the bench to play either with or instead of Lukaku would be a great investment for the club.
So, the links that are seeing the Blues linked with 19-year-old German starlet Karim Adeyemi are very exciting indeed.
He replaced Erling Haaland at Salzburg, and has so far barely skipped a beat. An outrageous scoring record in the Austrian Bundesliga has impressed, but it is his outstanding form in the UEFA Champions League that has caught the eye.
11 goals in 13 games domestically is a huge return, but four goals in the group stages of the UCL for an underdog shows his true quality. Having taken the spot of Patson Daka, who left for Leicester, the 19-year-old has already showcased his profile to the point where he is being heavily linked with a move away as early as January.
If reports are true, the Blues are ahead of almost any other team thanks to the presence of Tuchel and a winning project.
Chelsea youngster worried about injuries due to lack of playing time
Another young star who has a future at Stamford Bridge is Billy Gimour. The Scot has exploded onto the international scene and has quickly established himself as one of the best players in the Scottish setup. However, a loan move to Norwich City has turned into a nightmare as Daniel Farke was sacked. This, alongside a loss of playing time at any meaningful level, has left Gilmour fearful of his season being wrecked.
He was also quoted by the Glasgow Times, Gilmour admitted his lack of action at the Canaries could see him get injured as happened in the last international break. Speaking about his fitness, Gilmour was quoted as saying his injury in the 3-2 win against Israel was due to a lack of playing time, adding: “I hadn’t played in a while and I played that full game,
“I did the knee slide and it was like someone had shot me. I just felt my hamstrings go. If you look back, I tried to stand up and I fell back on Kieran (Tierney) or Callum (McGregor). KT (Tierney) was telling me: ‘You can’t be cramping up – you’re young.’ But I knew I was done!
“The boss was looking at me and I told him: ‘I’m done – can’t run anymore!’ But what a night it was.”
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Here’s hoping the young star can get fit, find form at club level, and play some meaningful football – he could be the future of a Blues side alongside Adeyemi.