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Former Chelsea star Glen Johnson has urged the club to bring in an “amazing” Bundesliga central defender this summer to complement Thomas Tuchel’s system change.
Johnson believes experienced Bayern Munich star David Alaba it would fit perfectly into Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation.
Alaba is one of the most decorated players in Bayern history, with nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions League trophies to his name. However, the 28-year-old is likely to walk away for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.
New Chelsea Chief Tuchel is expected to get stronger in the back, and reports claim he has already sanctioned a move for Alaba.
So far, however, the Blues have run into a roadblock in the form of wage demands from players. Alaba wants a staggering £ 20 million a year if he moves to London.
But Johnson insists his old club should take the bullet and bring in the veteran star.
“Chelsea would need Alaba more,” he said. bettingexpert.com (quoted by Subway).
“If they are going to play with wings, he would be the ideal man. He’s an incredibly good athlete and could play to the left of three defenders. He could also play as a left back.
“Alaba could fit in at Liverpool. But as we have seen with defenders with a lot of money, Manchester City are the club that usually does that. If anyone needed him to fit into their lineup right now, it would be Chelsea.
“I don’t think he should enter a club where he is the highest paid player. Because he’s out of contract, I’m sure he’s trying to get some big teams to come to the table and go to war for him.
“I think that each coach thinks differently and has their views on the players they prefer to sign. I think Tuchel will want to bring in some players and I think his number one target will be a striker, like all teams.
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Johnson doesn’t get carried away
Johnson has also called for calm after an impressive start to Tuchel’s life in London.
He added: “So far it has been a good start. But I think Lampard would have had the same record in his first four games.
“The only big win so far is Tottenham’s. They looked good, very organized and improved the form of some struggling players, which is great. I don’t think anyone should go crazy with excitement for him just yet because I think they are beating teams that they should.
“As long as the coach keeps everyone engaged and brings out the best in the players, I think they will compete again next season.
“They have one of the best squads and now all they need is a bit of consistency.
“Sometimes you can rotate a team so much that you try to keep everyone happy and then you don’t give people the right number of games.
“If they didn’t have a weak period this season where they lost a few games in a row, they would be on top now. But you can’t hold any title challenge in that form. “
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