Chelsea in talks for exciting but inconsistent Premier League winger
We have some interesting Chelsea developments and reports to discuss with Blues fans before we get to the main topic as usual. First, there’s a fairly in-depth update on the proposed Stamford Bridge stadium expansion. Martin Lipton and Joshua Mbu explain that the redevelopment is to be one stand at a time, as opposed to the expected ‘grand design’ that might have taken place under Roman Abramovich. Supposedly, Todd Boehly and Co. are keen to start work, which is why famed architect Janet Marie Smith was appointed. Also, the hotel behind the Shed End is to be demolished.
Smith previously worked on incredibly high-profile projects in America, such as Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Oriole Park in Baltimore, Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox, and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the baseball team. of Boehly, the LA Dodgers. In order to be as successful commercially as other behemoths, a reconstruction of the CFC land is necessary. The goal is to increase capacity to 60,000 at the bridge. Homecoming would never have gone down well with the loyal core, but Battersea Power Station and Earls Court Exhibition Center have been vetted as potential moves under the previous owner.
Chelsea apparently in transfer talks for an exciting but inconsistent EPL winger – but should the Blues pursue Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin?
Now let’s move on to the transfer conversation. A report suggests that despite acquiring left winger Raheem Sterling, Thomas Tuchel is keen to add similar firepower to his revamped forward line. And Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin could be another signing this summer.
Although the story is technically speculation at this stage, Pride of London appreciates this credible rumor as it emerged from The Athletic. In fact, the Blues are claimed to be in ‘transfer talks’ for the particularly exciting Frenchman.
Tottenham Hotspur are the other Premier League club named as keen to move to Saint-Maximin this off-season. Still, the capture of Everton striker Richarlison could arguably end their interest in the Magpies man.
In my opinion, the apparent price of £40m should not deter Chels from bidding; these prospective costs would certainly be within the assumed budget for reinforcements on Fulham Road. Although there are no issues regarding the talent, Tuchel will have concerns over the 25-year-old’s inconsistency.
Nevertheless, Chelsea were reportedly put off by the amount quoted when investigating ‘ASM’. Clearly Tyneside’s new wealthy side don’t need to sell, but it’s suggested a compromise can be reached on the valuation.
Drifting in and out of fixtures is an undesirable aspect of Saint-Maximin’s game. However, he has the ability to be the match winner in any match in which he appears. 10 goals in 35 EPL competitions last season certainly does not reflect what can be achieved with the right focus, direction and planning.
Although the unpredictability is part of the reason the winger is so deadly: neither he nor the defenders really know what he will do on the ball. Adding an extra clinical dimension is key. This deal seems like another 50/50 chance at present – don’t rule out this potential transfer entirely.