sport news Mauricio Pochettino wants to address Chelsea's lack of height in the transfer ... trends now

sport news Mauricio Pochettino wants to address Chelsea's lack of height in the transfer ... trends now
sport news Mauricio Pochettino wants to address Chelsea's lack of height in the transfer ... trends now

sport news Mauricio Pochettino wants to address Chelsea's lack of height in the transfer ... trends now

They say size doesn’t matter. Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino would argue to the contrary.

Of the 10 outfield players that started in Sunday’s loss at Everton, only four were 6ft or over - Axel Disasi, Benoit Badiashile, Cole Palmer and Armando Broja.

There is a particular lack of height in centre midfield: Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo and Conor Gallagher are vertically challenged in an area of the pitch where every inch counts.

Aerially, it leaves Chelsea in a difficult spot. It means the central midfielders cannot attack high balls through the middle leaving one of the centre-backs to step forward to fulfil that necessity.

It’s part of the reason why Pochettino has persisted with playing 6ft 2ins centre-half Levi Colwill at left-back this season. It may also explain why 19-year-old Chimuanya Ugochukwu, who is 6ft 3ins, has played more often than expected this term.

Chelsea endured another disappointing afternoon in the Premier League, this time at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park

Chelsea endured another disappointing afternoon in the Premier League, this time at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park

Chelsea's lack of height in midfield has meant that Mauricio Pochettino has persisted with playing 6ft 2ins centre-half Levi Colwill (pictured) at left-back this season

Chelsea's lack of height in midfield has meant that Mauricio Pochettino has persisted with playing 6ft 2ins centre-half Levi Colwill (pictured) at left-back this season

Pochettino is under no immediate danger at Stamford Bridge despite their woeful start to the campaign

Pochettino is under no immediate danger at Stamford Bridge despite their woeful start to the campaign

It’s a problem for Pochettino, and one he is set to recommend the club seek to rectify in January.

The Argentine’s plea for new players following the loss at Goodison Park was indicative of how concerned Pochettino is about the strength of his squad.

Public declarations of needing players isn’t how he operates. Those at Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain, who have worked alongside Pochettino in terms of player recruitment, speak of a man respectful to the parameters he is working within.

‘He doesn’t demand, he recommends,’ said one source.

With that in mind, the sheer fact Pochettino felt compelled to openly promote a need for new signings is symbolic of his concern at how the season is developing.

The Argentine is under no immediate danger at Stamford Bridge. The ownership are mindful of the cards he was dealt.

But by the same token, they are restless. They want success, particularly after a near £1billion spend on new players, although how they’ve spent those fortunes have been open to conjecture and often ridicule.

There’s likely to be money to spend in January, but there is an understanding that the club are flying closer to the wind with Financial Fair Play than they’d like.

The FFP problem is why they’ve taken to selling many of the club’s academy graduates - Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to name three - because it counts as pure profit on the balance sheet.

It’s why Chelsea are refusing to internally rule out the prospect of selling Conor Gallagher, who Pochettino rates, amid ongoing uncertainty over his contractual situation.

Tottenham are keen on Gallagher as a No 8 if Chelsea decide to sell.

Moving forward, Chelsea would rather keep a tighter rein on the wage bill, the prospect of paying players in-excess of £150,000-per-week is something they are keen to avoid.

Yet, how do you attract a top player - particularly the elite striker they so desperately need - on £150,000-per-week when rival clubs will be willing to pay close to double that?

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is a target. But he is likely to cost close to £100million and knows he could

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