Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino favours a high-energy, 4-2-3-1 system that requires running, creativity, and ball retention. In this piece, we look at how the Blues could line up if Pochettino gets his signings through the door.

Mauricio Pochettino on the sidelines clapping

Goalkeeper – Kepa Arrizabalaga

While there are undoubtedly errors in his game, the Spaniard has improved recently and could retain his position in goal.

Right back – Reece James

When fit, James is one of the best in his position and should give Chelsea n extra level of creativity.

Centre back – Thiago Silva

The 39-year-old is still Chelsea’s best defender and was the team’s player of the just-concluded season. He will likely be given the captain’s armband with Cesar Azpilicueta expected to depart.

Centre back – Benoi Badiashile

The left-footed Frenchman provides balance to the Blues’ defence and also has the necessary pace and quality on the ball to be a big part of the side’s future. 

Left back – Ben Chilwell

The 25-year-old gives Chelsea so much more balance when he’s available. Should always start

Defensive midfielder – Enzo Fernandez

A no-brainer really, he is arguably Chelsea’s most technically gifted player and the best in this position.

Box-to-box midfielder – Moises Caicedo*

Caicedo is yet to arrive at Stamford Bridge but the expectation is that he would eventually be recruited. Will be an excellent addition.

Advanced playmaker – Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku’s best football has generally come as a second striker.

Pochettino will hope he can translate that form to England and not follow the path of another former Leipzig star who moved to Chelsea in Timo Werner.

Right winger – Noni Madueke

Showed his immense ability in flashes and would certainly benefit from a settled run in the side and in his favourite position.

Left winger – Raheem Sterling

Chelsea will certainly be more successful if they can get the best out of Raheem Sterling. He had a rough first season at Stamford Bridge but with the right supply, he can score goals.

Striker – Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea are closing in on a deal for the 22-year-old Villareal striker Nicolas Jackson and he would be a superb addition. Quick, strong and a good finisher, he will be the perfect striker to lead the Blues into their new era.