PL: Chelsea’s football knowledge vanished after your arrival – Souness slams Boehly over three signings
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has criticized Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly for his approach to the club’s transfer activities. Souness contends that Chelsea, under Boehly’s leadership, has taken “gambles” on several recent summer signings, including Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, and Nicolas Jackson.
Souness’s viewpoint centers on the notion that Chelsea has invested in potential, hoping that these young players will fulfill the expectations corresponding to the substantial transfer fees.
He expressed his thoughts in an interview with the Daily Mail, stating, “In both cases, they were gambles on potential. Gambles that these young men will reach the heights that the extraordinary fees warrant.”
Souness further questioned the impact of Boehly’s involvement at Chelsea, suggesting that the club’s football expertise has diminished. He implied that Chelsea’s transfer decisions seem influenced by the players’ associations with other prominent clubs, indicating that this might not be a sound criterion for recruitment.
Souness remarked, “I can’t help but think that when Todd Boehly arrived at Chelsea, all the club’s football knowledge walked out the door.”
He continued to highlight the perceived discrepancies in Chelsea’s spending patterns and areas of need, particularly in the striker position. Souness concluded, “Todd Boehly has bought three midfielders at vast expense, spent £800m in total, and still doesn’t have a world-class striker. That is an example of someone not understanding our game.”
Souness’s critique reflects concerns about the direction of Chelsea’s transfer strategy and its alignment with traditional football expertise.