The four Chelsea players Marina Granovskaia must resist the sale during the summer transfer window

Chelsea’s summer rebuild may in many ways be about the players they keep as much as those they hope to buy. Antonio Rudiger has already left with Andreas Christensen soon to follow and the future of Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and many others is far from certain.

While reports suggest Chelsea could have up to £200m to spend this summer, what business they finish will likely depend on who leaves. In addition to the aforementioned players, Romelu Lukaku appears to be considering a move away from Stamford Bridge not even 12 months after signing for £97.5million, while big decisions need to be made regarding Jorginho and N’Golo Kante whose contracts expire in 2023.

A number of stars will find their future in question and wonder where they might fit in rebuilding Thomas Tuchel when the team return to Cobham in early July. football.london takes a look at four players who didn’t feature prominently in Chelsea’s first team but deserve to stay.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The Blues midfielder has presented more than many might have expected for Chelsea in 2021/22 and has drawn near equal praise and frustration from Tuchel. The 48-year-old coach repeatedly asked for more Loftus-Cheek even after promising performances.

Speaking in April, Tuchel said: “In general, he is shy and a very calm person. He has to discover this monster in him and release it regularly because it is absolutely necessary. It is not enough to be just on the maybe if you look at his last years it may seem like a first step, although he is a regular, but I’m not happy because it’s not enough. You can’t let him think that that’s enough, he needs to constantly push himself to the limit.

“We try every day and do pretty well considering his development. He has to understand his potential and unleash that physical ability on a daily basis. In training, he can’t let go. He has to be under pressure and play every time. match. like a cup final.”

The 26-year-old made 18 starts in his first season under Tuchel, and although he is far from cemented to be in the starting XI for the next term, with so much uncertainty in midfield, it can help bring some stability to build from. The difficulty of signing a top star to help with the transition between aging Kante and Jorginho has already been proven in Aurelian Tchouameni and Declan Rice, so Loftus-Cheek’s departure should not be considered immediately.

Billy Gilmour

Despite a tough time with Norwich in 2021/22, Gilmour could prove the perfect addition to Tuchel’s squad next season. The German coach, however, has specific requirements for the players sent out on loan.

“He decided to go for a few minutes, and that’s important, but above all I want him to perform,” Tuchel said of Gilmour. “How you succeed in our team depends on pure performance. If you decide to go on loan, it’s as simple as that. I don’t think it’s hard, you have to perform. You have to be on the pitch, be the best player, wherever you go.”

Gilmour has proven he can fit into Chelsea’s midfield at the highest level in the past, and with the departure of Saul Niguez and the possibility of Marina Granovskaia taking advantage of Jorginho as the Italian enters the final year of his contract, maybe now is the right time. for the 20-year-old to return. With the number of substitutes allowed in the Premier League rising to five, Gilmour can provide additional quality without even being counted in Chelsea’s 25-man squad.

The Scotland international has just over 12 months on his contract, so Chelsea will enter a period where his sale may have to be considered. However, even if the Blues intend to sell him at some point, it’s impossible to see how his value wouldn’t increase given an extended spell with Chelsea, even if that has to include another loan spell.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The Cobham product is far from having the tenure he would have hoped for in 2021/22, with an Achilles injury halting any momentum the winger managed to build under Tuchel to end his season early. The 21-year-old also got off to a slow start with plenty of time on the bench after being denied transfers with Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.

“He’s waiting for a chance at left-half but he’s fighting against Mason [Mount]Kai [Havertz]Hakim [Ziyech], Christian Pulisic, a lot of guys with a lot of quality,” Tuchel said. “It’s very hard for him. I agree but we don’t have to feel sorry for him. Once the door is opened, we demand that he step in and make his mark. It can happen at any time. He has to be ready, that’s what we ask of him.”

The youngster found success in his favored position in the fall, however, and his versatility has brought depth to Tuchel’s side. Hudson-Odoi may not have won over Ziyech, Pulisic or Timo Werner for a full season, but he has shown he can be competitive. The Blues will likely be looking to offload to an area of ​​significant depth, but where no player has been a standout.

Hudson-Odoi is already back in training and clearly has a point to prove. The added bonus of him qualifying for not taking up an extra spot in the Blues squad also gives him a head start in the competition.

Armand Broja

The Albania international enjoyed a quiet end to the season, but his nine goals in 38 appearances for Southampton appear to have been enough to spark interest. West Ham are said to be considering a permanent move but that’s one the Blues shouldn’t be.

With a contract running until 2025, Chelsea should be in no rush to offload their striking talent which will have a chance to impress in pre-season. The future of Lukaku and Werner may dictate whether there is room in Tuchel’s squad, but the 20-year-old’s progress at St Mary’s shows there could be room for another loan if necessary given that he has just completed his second season of senior football.

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