In the aftermath of the dismissal of Frank Lampard, one of that of Thomas Tuchel first jobs were to reengage and offer clean slates to players who fell out of favor before his arrival.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso have all benefited from Tuchel’s early months Chelsea dominance, getting consistent minutes under the German.
Almost two years later, whoever replaces Tuchel after he was sacked on Wednesday morning will have the same task. As usual and a bit cliché, several players who were out of favor can find themselves as key members of the next chapter.
Chelsea still have a large squad even if a number of fringe players have departed over the summer, with several players unsurprisingly unhappy with their lack of minutes so far.
Football.london understand Graham Potter and Mauricio Pochettino are the frontrunners in what looks like a rapid managerial recruitment drive. Toddy Boehly is keen to get the next manager as soon as possible, with a trainer Anthony Barry currently in line to do proceedings at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
So with another reset at Stamford Bridge on the horizon, let’s take a look at the players who are likely to benefit most from this change in head coach.
Tammy Abraham is back
Let’s start with the wild, but most could be affected by this change next summer. One of the earlier, and most controversial decisions of Tuchel, was to throw out Tammy Abrahamwho consistently scored goals under Frank Lampard.
Abraham left for Roma, continuing his development in Serie A with Jose Mourinho. When Chelsea sold Abraham for £35 million, a reported buy-back of £67 million was included in the deal to sell. With Tuchel in charge, chances of that ever being triggered looked extremely slim. Maybe not anymore.
Last term’s breakthrough academic talent, Chalobah thoroughly impressed in Tuchel’s back-three, remaining unbeaten in 90 minutes, helping to keep clean sheets against Liverpool in both domestic cup finals.
Tuesday night’s omission from the starting line-up would be a bitter pill to swallow given his bright display against Leicester recently. Instead, the older Azpilicueta started and Chelsea looked short of pace in defence.
Chalobah has a battle on his hands with the arrival of Wesley Fofana, but perhaps under a new coach, he will be relied upon a lot more when rotation is needed when it seemed Tuchel fell out of favor with him at the end of last season.
Christian Pulisic resurgence
The American winger clearly wanted to leave the club in the summer but did not get his wish as no viable offer arrived.
In spells under Lampard and Tuchel, Pulisic has shown that he can be capable of scoring goals and providing an end product to a largely wasteful attack. Depending on the new formation and preference of Tuchel’s successor, Pulisic could be seen as one player who can jump back into a starring role.
Judge Ziyech probably fall into a similar category, wide attacking players who seemed to have a bigger role under Lampard before struggling to cement one under Tuchel.