“Chelsea fans should be excited” — Ian Wright makes transfer window claim amid Mauricio Pochettino talks
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Chelsea’s 2022/23 Premier League season was far from their ideal run of form after recording their lowest ever points finish in the competition. The Blues notched just 44 points and finished in 12th place, nestled between Wolves and Crystal Palace.
They were also among the lowest-scoring teams for the campaign, managing to find the back of the net just 38 times — the same amount as Nottingham Forest, and less than the relegated Leicester City and Leeds United. However, Ian Wright doesn’t believe there needs to be a great deal of restructuring done at Stamford Bridge.
The pundit and Arsenal icon discussed the upcoming announcement of Mauricio Pochettino as the new Chelsea head coach and the changes he may make. Fabrizio Romano recently reported that an official statement announcing the Argentinian’s arrival is pending and he will start his role next week.
“I don’t think he needs to do much because of the calibre of coach he is, how good he is with young players,” Wright told LondonWorld. “Once he organises that team, when you look at what they’ve got, he’ll probably need a goalkeeper, definitely a number nine, but when you look what they’ve got, from midfield, defence, they have enough pieces.
“I’d say cut it down [squad size], trim the fat, bring in more quality. They’ve already got quality, they need more quality and Chelsea fans should be excited if it is Poch, although I know they haven’t announced it yet.”
Kai Havertz finished as Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season, but it was not a tally to write home about. Despite being their main source of goals, the £75 million signing contributed just seven goals to his side’s underwhelming tally. He will surely be wanting some more creativity to help him in front of the net, especially if Chelsea want to re-establish themselves as a high-scoring, title-challenging side.
In comparison, Manchester City managed 94 goals for the season, with Erling Haaland contributing a phenomenal 36 on his own. Harry Kane also bagged himself 30 for Tottenham Hotspur, while Brentford’s Ivan Toney rounded off the top three highest scorers with 20.