Chelsea has stepped up his pursuit for Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule, according to Athletic.
Tuchel signed an 18-month contract when he was appointed Chelsea head coach, which included the option clause for an additional year. It is highly likely that the Blues will take up the option again after the Germans have achieved solid form both domestically and in Europe.
The Blues are currently in the Top 4 of the premier league table, in the FA Cup final, and are also in the UCL semi-final against Real Madrid. No one will flinch if they end up winning a trophy and a solid Top 4 finish, which will be a remarkable achievement considering how difficult they had when Tuchel took the reins from Frank Lampard.
The German coach has laid a solid foundation for their organizational structure and defensive prowess. He currently sets Chelsea in a 3-5-2 / 3-4-3 formation which brings solidity at the back and brings results too, but this formation disables his team for all-out attack. They are currently very average at creating quality opportunities and when they do, the prolificacy is not there.
Even though Havertz and Werner’s performances have been better since Tuchel’s arrival, they are still far from being prolific enough.
Chelsea’s club hierarchy plan to back Tuchel in the transfer market. A well-rounded, self-imposing center-back has always been a transfer priority in the Germans’ mind since joining the London club and Niklas Sule from Bayern Munchen is on his books after overseeing his development at the Bavarian club. he was in Dortmund.
Tuchel asks his middle halves to play from the back and play ball to maintain the dominance of the game, Sule fits perfectly with his 90.7% success rate, the third best in the Bundesliga this season. Playing the middle half for Bayern on its own is not easy, playing long, precise balls and maintaining a high line is a constraint and if you lose the ball to a winger or a striker you need to have some recovery speed and time. tackles to perfection. .
He times his tackles well, averaging 1.9 tackles for 90 to an 81.6% success rate in the Bundesliga this season, and is rarely dribbled beyond just 0.4 times for 90. Sule has the recovery pace and is barely beaten in a 1v1 run, even if beaten he makes sure this does not result in a goal-bound shot by thwarting the winger to the side and making the acute angle.
The Germany international is also a smart player of the game as he averages 1.3 interceptions for 90 and his awareness of his position is another key reason Chelsea are interested in the 25-year-old. His composure on the ball is also underestimated as he currently plays 3 precise long balls per game. He is also imposing aerial and commands his region.
It is because of his pace and versatility that Bayern sometimes also play him as a full-back.
The only downside to this transfer is his recurring injury issues that kept him out of the squad for long stretches of the season. He has only completed more than 20 games per season for Bayern once since arriving from Hoffenheim in 2017 and he receives the Bavarians’ stick for his fitness issues.
As we know Bayern signed Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, the board believe now is the right time to leave Sule if the right price presents itself. It is marked in c according to Transfermarket. But with only a year to go on his contract and the player himself has expressed his desire to play in the Premier League, his value must be depreciated and anything approaching £ 25-30million would be too appealing for that to happen. Bayern rejects him.
The current lineup of Chelsea’s central halves contains very good defenders like Christensen, Rudiger, Zouma and veteran defenders like Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva. With Silva’s contract up this summer and Azpi’s miles on pace he had in his best days at Chelsea, due to aging this seems like a wise option to add a solid defender to the roster.
And given Sule’s versatility and ability to play as a full-back or right-back in a full-back, it’s a no-brainer for the Blues and many would take him as a potential long-term successor to Azpi. The German core is there at Chelsea with Toni Rudiger, Havertz, Werner, all German internationals, it wouldn’t take much time for Sule to settle in the Premier League.
The pairing of Toni Rudiger and Niklas Sule is an exciting one for fans to watch and this signing has the potential to lay the groundwork for a superb title charge next season.
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