Chelsea’s transfer strategy this summer has certainly been an interesting one.
They have so far signed 3 major first team players, which only just levels out the 3 first team players they lost at the end of last season.
But it’s in the youth setup that moves have really been made. Omari Hutchinson, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, Eddie Beach and Tyler Dibling are teenagers who have signed for a fee this summer, with Cesare Casadei set to join them soon.
Academy boss Neil Bath has been handed a major role in #ChelseaFC transfer business. New #CFC owners placed full trust in Bath's insight for Chukwuemeka signing, the increasingly close Casadei deal and will continue to lean on the highly-regarded coach for long-term strategy
— Nick Purewal (@NickPurewal) August 18, 2022
All that movement is explained by news from Nick Purewal of the press association that Neil Bath, the brilliant boss of Chelsea’s academy, has been given a role in the transfer setup.
Given his success organising and coaching the youth teams, and the importance of bringing in players young, this makes total sense, and explains a lot of our moves this summer.
We’re not sure what he will make of spending £20m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though.