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Managing Chelsea: Karim Benzema signs as Mauricio Pochettino sells four and gets new Ashley Cole

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Chelsea news as football.london has a go at dealing with the current issues facing the Blues and Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has been so near but yet so far away from what could have been a really good start to life at Chelsea. In his time at the club so far, he has reached a cup semi-final, beaten Tottenham away from home 4-1, drawn to Arsenal (being 2-0 up), held Liverpool and taken points off Manchester City. Yet things are far from perfect.

The midfield has been full of players covering for each other rather than truly gelling at times and a talented attack has remained inconsistent.

Injuries have plagued the squad, leaving arguably the most impactful players in each position across the field sidelined for some of if not all of the games so far and the lack of experience has told.

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Progress from last season has undoubtedly been made, though just how much of an achievement that is remains a subject of debate. With the January window so far proving frustrating for Pochettino but the possible upside of additions being so tantalising, football.london

has taken a step into the hot seat and decided what would be what in charge.

, if I was Chelsea manager then signing Benzema would be near the top of my demands and goals for the club, this month at least. As a writer there is plenty to be excited about but also worried with for Benzema coming to Stamford Bridge but as manager there’s no two ways.

Pochettino may well love the atmosphere and harmony in a dressing room, he has gone some way to fostering a better environment than the club had last year but is still early in the overall formation of such a sanctum, but Benzema is worth the risk. A winning team is happier than a happy team that’s losing, on the whole.

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That, over six months, can be worth over 10 points.

Scrap the wages worry for a second, if Benzema fires Chelsea up the table then he’s worth it., and Christopher Nkunku doesn’t have to rush back from injury.

Benzema helps Chelsea to get the reward for a lot of the hard work that has gone into creating chances this season. Having the star quality to use and rely on him isn’t a bad thing, for a manager it’s a cheat code to better results and that’s just what is needed.

When it comes to the current squad there aren’t many that need selling or moving on, that was all done in the last window. However, a quick resolution to the Trevoh Chalobah situation helps everyone. If he is sold, and despite being a very Pochettino-y player it seems like he will be, then a new centre-back might be needed.

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However, long-term and players that have no future at the club need to be treated as such.His value drops every window and getting him off the books and off the mind is essential.

Chelsea need to stop kicking the can down the road with these players and just cut their ties. Do that, open up some chances for the promising outsiders to take on -all say hello, please, and thank you – and the short, medium, and long-term future of the club all looks better.

With the obvious caveat that Pochettino sees training every day and is probably (to be generous) a better judge of talent than me, Ian Maatsen would have had a bigger role in this Chelsea side so far this season.

However, the show goes on and Chelsea cannot work with their current left-back options. Ben Chilwell is great when he’s fit but he’s not fit often enough. In short, Chelsea need to find the Malo Gusto solution to their left-hand side.

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In Gusto there is ample support and competition now and in the future for Reece James. Chilwell, especially with Maatsen gone, just doesn’t have that. Marc Cucurella remains far too inconsistent to pose a real threat and really isn’t reliable enough – not to mention he is also injured – whilst Levi Colwill is needed at full-back but simultaneously totally wasted there.

Having him in the centre would be a major boost for a team still in between truly committing to a high press in the worry of being caught out in behind – transitioning away from Thiago Silva is also agonisingly on the list of things to do as manager – and would allow for an orthodox left-back to impact matches.

Alex Grimaldo is great but more of wing-back and honestly winger than a full-back, he would leave the defence open but contribute at the other end, a la Trent Alexander-Arnold. Marcelo is probably past his best these days. What is Ashley Cole up to? Someone like him would be good too.

Alphonso Davies has been reportedly a target in the past few days, he’d be almost too good to turn down. What we’re getting at here is Chelsea need to sign a younger version of Chilwell, effectively. That’s the plan, anyway. Leave that one to the scientists and sporting directors to sort.

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