Conor Gallagher, who is now in negotiations with Tottenham, is the team’s “best player this season,” and Jamie Carragher has blasted Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for the “mess” of trying to trade him.
Since assuming the position of Chelsea chairman prior to the summer 2022 transfer window, Boehly has made a number of significant choices. The club has spent £1 billion during his three terms in office.
Major funding infusions haven’t yet resulted in anything approaching a successful season.
In fact, Chelsea is now ranked 10th in the Premier League, having ended 12th the previous season.
Although the owner has added players he obviously believes to be talented, the large expenditure has forced him to part with some valuable assets as well.
Since Boehly joined the club, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta have all gone.
Selling three of those players, who all came via Chelsea’s academy, results in an instant profit on the books and helps the team adhere to Financial FairPlay rules.
But losing them has also changed the team’s makeup, as there are now very few devoted Chelsea players.
Carragher criticises Chelsea’s Gallagher choice.
Gallagher might be the next player to leave the academy. Tottenham has been keeping an eye on him for some time, and there have been rumours circulating lately that “negotiations are underway” about a move to north London.
Carragher, a former Premier League defender, believes the move would draw attention to the issues Boehly has brought about at the team.
In response to an article on X concerning the advanced negotiations in anticipation of Gallagher’s transfer to Tottenham, the analyst said the Blues would be foolish to let go of one of their greatest players for financial reasons alone.
Along with Cole Palmer, Gallagher has been Chelsea’s finest player thus far this season. This just serves to highlight the mess the club’s new ownership has created, Carragher remarked.
“Offering an academy player for sale because it facilitates FFP.”
A couple factors make the Gallagher sale incorrect.
Selling Gallagher would benefit a direct rival in addition to costing the team a player who is intrinsically Chelsea—having come through the academy and captained the team—and one of their most important players.
In fact, Tottenham now leads the Blues by a significant margin, and Gallagher’s addition could increase that advantage.
It is obvious that Chelsea has to retain key players who are passionate about the team if they are to succeed at any stage.