Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel urged to make one ‘world class’ signing to be a success

Chelsea: Tuchel’s interesting response to top four race

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel needs to sign a “world class striker” in order to be a success and keep his job for the long term, according to former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas. Tuchel has picked up seven points from his first three games as Chelsea head coach and is yet to see his side concede a goal.

Thursday’s victory over London rivals Tottenham was the most impressive performance yet by the Blues under the German.

Chelsea could have easily scored more in the first half and would have kicked themselves if Spurs grabbed a late equaliser.

Jenas has taken nothing away from Tuchel’s start to life in the Premier League.

However, he insists the 47-year-old, who only signed an 18-month contract when he replaced Frank Lampard, needs to strengthen up front in order to be a success.

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“The start Thomas Tuchel has had has been great,” Jenas said on BT Sport.

“I think it’s so easy to sit here at times when new managers come in and be like: ‘It’s brilliant, it’s great to watch’.

“It’s enjoyable but that is what happens in management, you get a bounce, an effect when a new manager comes in.

“He’s got experience, Thomas Tuchel, and he’s done well most places he has been.

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“But obviously at Chelsea, in the Premier League, the level that is expected, we’re going to see in terms of that consistency.

“If tonight’s anything to go by, then there’s a lot for Chelsea to be excited about.

“I personally still think, if they don’t bring in a world class striker, they will still be short of where he needs to be to keep his job for a long period of time.”

Midfielder Mason Mount was named man of the match for the 1-0 win at Spurs.

And Jenas compared the England international to Tuchel’s former player at Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how Thomas Tuchel sees him,” Jenas said of Mount.

“We talked about it before the game, that adaptability.

“He’s already alluded to the fact he’s having to play a bit higher up the pitch. Maybe he sees him in more a Marco Reus type role?

“That kind of plays higher up but wants more goals and can be creative, can be more of a provider as well.

“It’s going to be an interesting period for players like Mason Mount. Exciting, but he’s adapting his game and obviously he’s a player that wants to work hard and get better, so I think he’ll thrive.”

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