Chelsea: Mauricio Pochettino eyes Robert Sanchez replacement already

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) /

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino already has plans for the January transfer window. He has shortlisted a 26-year-old to replace Robert Sanchez.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea have had an awful start to the season. The reason why I say this “perhaps” may have been surprising is that, well, everybody knows they’ve spent upwards of a billion pounds on players. Say what you want about giving players time, but when you spend a billion pounds, the very minimum you should be aiming for is a trophy.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino eyes Unai Simon to replace Robert Sanchez

At this point in time, it doesn’t look like this is on the cards given how bad they’ve been playing. So, to rectify the situation Mauricio Pochettino would like to fix the problem by doing the very same action which caused it – signing more players.

Except this time, you’d hope that the astute tactician gets more of a say about the players the club sign. After all, as the curator of the philosophy, only he knows the calibre of player he needs in each position to make it tick.

According to a report by Fichajes, Chelsea are interested in signing the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon. The 26-year-old is a Pochettino-style goalkeeper since he can lead from the back, and plays with more composure than Robert Sanchez when under pressure.

Although it’s unlikely that Simon will replace Sanchez straight away, he won’t be signed for no reason. The ultimate goal is that Simon will fight his way into the Chelsea starting eleven, which shouldn’t be hard given the poor form of Robert Sanchez.

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