Paul Merson reveals why Chelsea fans should be worried about Tuchel’s tactics. Haaland won’t want to play for Tuchel, he claims

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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten since taking charge of the club, as he has guided Chelsea to 6 wins and 3 draws in his 9 games in charge.

Although Chelsea have become hard to beat under Tuchel, the Blues have also lacked goals in their game, and chances are very few per game despite the ball domination.

According to Sky Sports Paul Merson, this is a worrying factor for Chelsea, and he also believes that it will prevent key striking target Erling Haaland from joining the club.

“I think next season Thomas Tuchel will be saying to the board, to Roman Abramovich, I need a top-drawer centre-forward,” he told Sky Sports.

“You will not win the Premier League, or be anywhere close, if you don’t have players around the top-scorer mark. At the moment, I don’t see Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud being in that category.

“The way they are now, if you’re Erling Haaland and Chelsea come in and say we’ll pay £110m or whatever it is, we’ll give you this much a week, he will be looking at the same time at the way Chelsea play, and that they’ve only scored eight goals in seven games.

“You can only score goals if there’s chances and Chelsea haven’t made a lorry load of chances. Liverpool’s finishing against Sheffield United was poor, but they made a lorry load of chances.

“Chelsea need to be showing more than what they’re showing at the moment. Because if I’m a world-class centre-forward and Chelsea want me, I’m having a look and saying to my agent ‘they don’t really make a lot of chances, do they?’

“Even though they’re a good team, I’m not getting five or six chances in the game. I’m working on scraps.

“You’ve got Reece James, who’s as good as anybody at crossing a ball. Callum Hudson-Odoi, down the wing, will beat players and put the ball in, won’t mess about.

“You’ve got Ben Chilwell who doesn’t mess about. Mason Mount’s a good player, Hakim Ziyech is low on confidence at the moment but he’s a good player.

“Kai Havertz is a good player. Timo Werner, there’s a lot more to work on in his game than people think.”

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