4 Todd Boehly signings may already be regretting joining Chelsea after £900m splurge

4 Todd Boehly signings may already be regretting joining Chelsea after £900m splurge

Comment: Chelsea’s extraordinary recent transfer activity could cause concern for four players.

Since taking over at Chelsea, Todd Boehly has spent about £1 billion on players.

Four Chelsea stars signed by the Todd Boehly administration may already be regretting their moves following another summer of lavish expenditure.

Boehly has only been at Stamford Bridge for a little more than a year, but he has already spent over £1 billion on new players.

Under the stewardship of the American, Chelsea have twice broken the British transfer record for Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, the latter of which cost £115 million.

Chelsea has undertaken a complete rebuild in the past year, with 24 new players joining the club in the last three transfer windows, excluding youth prospects.

Several of them have already departed the club, including Kalidou Koulibaly, who spent only one year at Stamford Bridge.

There will undoubtedly be some of the club’s other younger players who are contemplating their own futures at the organization, as more players are anticipated to arrive before the summer ends.

Omari Hutchinson, who departed Arsenal last summer for Chelsea in the hopes of gaining more first-team playing time, is likely to be among those players who are questioning the wisdom of their decision.

The 19-year-old only played 49 minutes of senior football last season and has since been loaned to Ipswich of the Championship.


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Lesley Ugochukwu has just arrived, but she may already be forced out the door.

Graham Potter’s dismissal last season has not benefited Hutchinson, as the former Brighton manager regarded him highly and utilized him frequently in first-team training while he was in charge.

A talented Chelsea player spending a year on loan in the Championship is by no means the end of his career.

Numerous players, including Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, and Reece James, have successfully followed this route to the first team in the past.

But Hutchinson will need a season with Ipswich to convince Mauricio Pochettino that he deserves playing time, particularly given that the Chelsea manager already has Mykhaylo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Raheem Sterling, and Christopher Nkunku available.

Given that the Blues have an abundance of attacking talent, including Alex Matos, Kendry Paez, Angelo Gabriel, and Diego Moreira, Hutchinson will have a very difficult time proving he is the best of the upcoming generation of youthful players in his position.

The England prodigy is not the only Chelsea player who appears to be a million miles away from first-team football and may be reconsidering their decision to join the club despite being at the beginning of their careers at Stamford Bridge.


Moises Caicedo has joined for a large sum of money, which will hinder Ugochukwu’s prospects of playing regularly.

Cesare Casadei, who arrived from Inter Milan in January of this year, and Lesley Ugochukwu, who was signed in the summer, already face uncertain futures.

Casadei appears to be well down the pecking order, as he spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading and has been loaned out to Leicester in the Championship this season.

Pochettino is still deciding whether to loan Ugochukwu out or retain him in the squad, so it is possible that he will play for the first team this season.

When the 19-year-old joined Chelsea this summer from Rennes for £23.2 million, he must have believed he would be a key player around whom Chelsea could construct its future.

However, just weeks after his departure, Chelsea signed Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia for even larger sums, and both players are only 21 and 19, so they will likely be around for a while.

Andrey Santos and Conor Gallagher are also believed to be ahead of them in the pecking order, putting the two inexperienced players in a difficult situation.

David Datto Fofana is the fourth Boehly signing who may be concerned he made the incorrect decision.

The 20-year-old was afforded opportunities last season, but it may be some time before he returns to Chelsea’s first team after being loaned to Union Berlin.

Datro Fofana is surplus to requirements this season, and given that both Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson are still immature, who knows how long it will be before he gets another opportunity.

In recent weeks, Chelsea have been linked to Dusan Vlahovic, Ivan Toney, and Brennan Johnson, who are all high-priced strikers.

He will not be pleased to learn of Chelsea’s continued pursuit of a high-priced striker.

4 Todd Boehly signings may already be regretting joining Chelsea after £900m splurge

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