Chelsea need just three signings to be considered one of the favourites for the Premier League title next season, talkSPORT has been told.
The Blues returned to the top four with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday night, with fans and pundits impressed with the London club’s turnaround under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Frank Lampard was sacked at the end of January, with Chelsea making a grave statement that ‘results and performances have not met expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement’.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel came in with the Blues ninth in the Premier League, 11 points behind then-leaders Manchester United and five points off Liverpool in fourth.
After their victory over Newcastle, Chelsea sit in fourth place and have reduced the gap to United – now second – to four points, while Liverpool are now two points below the Blues in sixth place.
But the west London side are still far from being the finished article under the German, according to a talkSPORT host.
Jordan Jarrett-Bryan was in the chair for Monday nights Sports Bar, alongside Arsenal favourite Perry Groves, and he believes with just three signings Tuchel could make Chelsea title contenders again.
Perry, though, suggests they could be already there, they just needed the right man in charge.
“I actually think that they’re not that many players away from winning the Premier League next year,” said Jarrett-Bryan.
“I think a goalkeeper, a top centre-back and a killer in front of goal…”
“So, exactly the same as they bought last summer,” Groves pointed out
“Well, yes! But with a top manager now, if they can get those three in the door this summer, I would have them as one of my favourites to win the title next season.”
However, Groves doesn’t believe those three signings would be totally necessary for Chelsea to be considered title challengers again.
Timo Werner ended his 14-game Premier League goal drought with a strike against Newcastle, and also turned provider for Olivier Giroud’s opener at the Bridge.
And Groves believes Tuchel can unlock Werner and turn him back into the player the Blues so admired when he was banging in the goals in Germany.
“I like Timo Werner,” said the former Arsenal man.
“He’s been playing in different positions but he wants to play at centre-forward, and what I like about him is he never gives up.
“Even when he misses chances, he’s always making the runs and always getting in the right positions. He scored a goal and made the first goal too tonight, and it was no more than he deserved.
“I think under Tuchel, he could turn Werner into the player he was at RB Leipzig and goes back to a striker who gets 25 goals a season.”