Chelsea are unlikely to challenge for the Premier League title this season and their ‘pinball’ approach to the transfer market has left them in need of a striker, according to Gary Neville.
In a game low on chances it was Jorginho’s composed penalty which secured the victory after a foul in the penalty by Abdoulaye Doucouré, leaving the Blues eighth in the table after the first round of matches.
New signing Raheem Sterling started in attacked for the Blues, while defender Kalidou Koulibaly was substituted in second-half after suffering an injury in his first competitive appearance since joining from Napoli earlier this summer.
Marc Cucurella was brought on by Tuchel, having only signed the Spaniard from Brighton & Hove Albion in the days leading up to the start of the season for a whopping £63m.
Despite spending so much money this summer, Chelsea have missed out on some of their top targets, including the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde.
For former Manchester United captain Neville, that scattergun approach has left doubts over the efficacy of the team.
‘There are still questions over Chelsea’, Neville said on Sky Sports. ‘Tuchel has been a little bit critical [in pre-season]. Maybe I’m doubting them too much, but I just feel as though they’re not quite smooth, not quite satisfied. It feels as though [the ownership change] has been difficult for the squad and the manager. They’ve had all these events to deal with, so you feel a bit less sure about Chelsea.’
For Neville, Tuchel’s squad remains light in attack.
‘The transfer strategy seems a bit pinball-like,’ he added. ‘Your head keeps moving and you’re not sure where they’re going to move next. They need a centre forward.’
Chelsea’s season continues with a home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.