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Gary Neville believes CHELSEA need to sign another new forward in order to improve the ‘balance’ of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The club cruised to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Friday night over Luton Town – with Raheem Sterling scoring twice before setting up Nicolas Jackson for his first Blues goal, as Pochettino managed to secure his first three points as boss.
It was a very impressive performance from his new look attack – but despite the win – Neville has opened up and told the board that the club still need to sign another striker to improve the balance of the side.
‘I think the balance needs working on. It’s an immature team in the sense of its age and it’s an immature team in terms of its games together,’ Neville told Sky Sports.
‘If you think about the best functioning units, at the moment Jackson and Sterling, Sterling’s working in a position off the right hand side and it’s certainly better seeing him higher up the pitch.
‘But what you need – and if you think about Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team – it had Son running behind it, it had Dele Alli running behind, it had Harry Kane coming short and had Christian Eriksen who could find passes.
‘What we’ve got at the moment is a very frantic, imbalanced front line, the left side isn’t sorted it’s very quick players in Jackson and Sterling who are running quick but it’s frantic.
‘The best forward lines for example [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah had [Roberto] Firmino to balance off them to provide that little bit of calmness to it.
‘So what I see at the moment is for Jackson to get to his best and for Sterling to get to his best, they need someone to come in to connect them as a unit to make it a unit front three, or they need someone from midfield to step up.
‘The problem at the moment is he [Pochettino] has got a back three, he’s got a midfield that he’s trying to work out with Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez.
‘I think what he’d like to do is eventually go to a back four, play the two midfielders and put one up off the front.
‘There’s nobody in the hole at the moment that’s why he had [Carney] Chukwuemeka and Sterling coming into the hole. Nkunku is coming back and he might be the one that connects it but for me it’s the balance of the front three, the immaturity and they’re frantic.
‘But there’s real potential there with Jackson, he runs, all he needs is someone around him who is world class who can feed little passes in, slide little balls across because everything seems frantic from distance and you’re sort of hitting him in channels. That’s not going to work in the Premier League too much.
‘A lot to work on for CHELSEA but there will be another forward needed, I think, to balance off that front three to get it together. Maybe Nkunku but he’s four months away [from returning].’
PETROVIC SIGNS –
Chelsea have announced and confirmed the signing of Djorde Petrovic on a deal worth just £14 million.
The club have been eyeing up the stopper for the last couple of weeks after the decision was made to allow Kepa depart the club and make a loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
We only signed Robert Sanchez just a few weeks ago – but Mauricio Pochettino was keen to get another goalkeeper in that will challenge the former Brighton man – and Petrovic is the player that has been found.
And after sealing his move to Stamford Bridge – Petrovic has opened up and revealed how happy he is to have signed for the club.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID –
On completing his transfer, Petrovic said: ‘I’m so happy to be at Chelsea and I’m really excited to get started at this club.
‘It’s a big step for me and it’s always been a dream of mine to sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Today I have achieved that goal and I’m so happy.
‘Playing in the Premier League is something I’m really looking forward to doing and I hope to learn many things here at Chelsea. I can’t wait to meet everyone and play at Stamford Bridge.’
Co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart said: ‘We are very pleased to welcome Djordje to the club. His performances in MLS have earned deserved praise and recognition – and have prepared him for the challenge of playing for CHELSEA .
‘Djordje improves an already strong goalkeeping team. We look forward to watching him work under Mauricio Pochettino, goalkeeper coach Toni Jimenez, and the rest of the first-team staff this season.’
TONEY DROPS HINT –
Brentford striker and CHELSEA target Ivan Toney has fueled speculation of a move in 2024 by joining a new agency.
Ivan Toney has had a massive season for Brentford and has netted 21 times in all competitions this campaign – but he is about to spend alot of time out of the game.
Toney has been hit with the heavy punishment after admitting 232 breaches of FA betting rules and will now be banned from all football activities until 16 January 2024.
However – that has not stopped all the speculation surrounding his future and there has been rumours that Toney is still a player that Ted Boehly would like to bring to Stamford Bridge.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED –
He has now linked up with CAA Stellar – the agency behind Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish’s record-breaking transfers.
Along with Grealish, Toney joins Three Lions teammates Ben Chilwell, Kalvin Phillips, Luke Shaw, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and James Ward-Prowse at CAA Stellar.
According to The Times, Brentford have slapped an £80m price tag on their striker, with the Bees resigned to losing him, and they have stated the club are braced to receive bids for Toney once his suspensions ends on January 16.
Toney may now be out of the game for a while – but he still a player that can bang in the goals on a weekly basis.
If the club wants to sign a striker – Toney could be their man as he is already proven in the Premier League and is a player that Pochettino would love to work with.