When Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge in late January, few could have anticipated the startling impact the German would have on the Blues.
Chelsea kept 12 clean sheets in his first 14 games in charge and, while there was the minor hiccup of FA Cup final defeat to Leicester, the Champions League triumph that Tuchel masterminded will live long in the memory of all Blues fans and put the German in a club that only Roberto Di Matteo is in.
Much of Tuchel’s success has come from Chelsea’s new-found defensive stability, stemming from a back three. However, with new formation came change within the squad.
With wing-backs instead of full-backs, Cesar Azpilicueta had to adapt and, without the use of wingers, CaLlum Hudson-Odoi was repurposed as a wing back.
Now, it seems that Chelsea are chasing a natural in the position, but it could have a knock on effect on the current squad.
After reportedly making a bid in the region of £60 million for Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi, Chelsea may be forced to sell more than one of their academy graduates.
According to The Guardian, Hudson-Odoi would likely be sold if Hakimi does arrive, with the thinking being that his already limited opportunities would almost disappear.
While Hudson-Odoi is believed to be happy at the club, it is reported that Chelsea would listen to offers for the player who has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich.
Fellow youngster Tino Livramento, yet to even break into the first team, could also be sold.
It is reported that Aston Villa are keen on the highly rated youngster, who could follow former teammate Tariq Lamptey, who departed for Brighton last summer, out of the door.
Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta could both be used on the right side of a back three, the former even in midfield perhaps.
However, it appears that the potential arrival of Hakimi could force Tuchel to sanction the sale of at least one of his promising youngsters.
Chelsea’s interest in Hakimi may come as a surprise for many, given the club’s array of talent in that particular position.
However, it is believed that a striker remains Tuchel’s and the club’s priority this summer, with Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland still the club’s top target.