Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he may buy a right-sided wing-back.
Looking at the current squad, whether he is playing a three-man defence with wing-backs as he has done for the majority of the season, or a back-four as against Tottenham midweek, Tuchel highlights that he has only one player who is ideal to fit where Reece James may have played.
Tuchel said, “If we play in the back-five, it’s Azpi, if we play a back-four and the need is maybe a bit more defensive full-back with different characteristics to protect the offensive players, it is also Azpi. Maybe it could be Trevoh Chalobah but he is out with injury.
“So we were running out of options. If you talk about Christian Pulisic or Callum Hudson-Odoi, they can for sure only play wing-back, this is only fair to them. It’s not their preferred position and they cannot show their full potential if they play there, and they can for sure not play full-back.
“So you lose options not only personnel-wise but also in tactics and formation. That’s why we look into the market and we check our options but in the end it needs to make sense, it’s not only pure numbers. It’s needs to be a good mix of high quality, high-level attitude and character.
“If we had a full squad I would love to say we do nothing [in the transfer market] because we’re only happy, but we have this issue and that’s why we look into what’s possible.”