Chelsea’s big January spend on wingers makes less sense in new system

There’s not much proper news around today on the Chelsea beat, so Athletic correspondent Liam Twomey has chosen to take a broader look at the club’s transfers policy, through the lens of Myhailo Mudryk.

Twomey points out that even though Chelsea spent big money on him in January – enough to make him the centre piece of their attack – they haven’t done anything to help him.

In fact, in our last game he was being played in an unfamiliar false 9 role. The 343 system we’ve won with in our last 3 games has not used wingers at all – leaving Mudryk and fellow January signing Noni Madueke somewhat out in the cold.

As Twomey points out, it’s nice to have options and the ability to play many different ways – but it still leaves both of them facing a tough task in their first few months at a new club as they try to impress.