With the Todd Boehly consortium given the green light to complete the sale of Chelsea, already there are indications that the club’s transfer strategy is about to change.
Previously under Roman Abramovich the approach was to sign a player, and, he did not work out, go and sign another one or replace the manager.
However, now a more measured philosophy is set to be adopted, with more emphasis on data analytics and the use of the “Moneyball” value philosophy start to dictate transfer business.
Early indications are that player retention will be an early focus, with a number of key players heading into the final years of their contracts.
There will also be more investment in the club’s academy, with suggestions that the new owners want to see more talented youngsters given their chance in the first-team rather than allowed to leave the club and go on to prosper elsewhere.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.