“They’ve spent £1billion. Why didn’t Chelsea use a quarter of that money and go out and buy a star?” talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor said after the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
“Go and give Paris Saint-Germain an offer for Mbappe that they can’t refuse.
“Harry Kane, ‘there you go, Daniel Levy. Whatever you want’. £150million for Harry Kane and you’ve got two superstars.
“They’ve bought loads of players who are average. [Mykhailo] Mudryk came on and he nearly gave away two goals!
“He was absolutely useless. He’s had 19 games, zero goals and they haven’t got a style of play.”
Chelsea focused on signing players under the age of 25 who would agree to sign very long-term deals with a lower salary base. Presumably, neither Kane nor Mbappe would fit into this profile – and they wouldn’t necessarily want to join, either.
Still, the lack of experience does appear to be an issue for the side that is clearly built for the long term. The question is whether Todd Boehly and other Chelsea owners are patient enough to wait that long.