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Tuchel puts Chelsea transfer targets on hold amid Haaland interest

And the German says all thoughts of adding to his attack have been put on hold as he focuses on getting the best out of Timo Werner and co.

Erling Braut Haaland is among the strikers on Chelsea’s radar this summer – but Tuchel’s priority is unlocking the talent he already has if he is to secure Champions League qualification this season.

He has so far only seen one of his strikers score since taking charge at Stamford Bridge last month – Tammy Abraham in Thursday’s FA Cup win at Barnsley.

But he insists that will change – and that transfer targets have been put on the back-burner.  

Ahead of Monday’s game against Newcastle, Tuchel said: “The good thing about arriving in the middle of the season is you don’t lose your head by thinking about other players. You focus your energy on developing potential that we have. And we have potential.

“There is no perfect striker out there. There are a lot of dangerous guys out there, a lot of strong guys out there and we have some in our squad.

“Does it help if we look now to any other squad and have the feeling that the grass is greener on the other side? No. Because we have guys here who can score.”

Werner has scored just one goal in his last 19 games in all competitions – but there have been signs of improvement in the German since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.

He won decisive penalties in his last two appearances and is expected to start tonight after recovering from dead leg.

Tuchel hailed Harry Kane as the ultimate No9 recently – and worked with some of the best forwards in the world at Paris Saint-Germain where he managed Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. 

He insists he will now make the most of the talent he has inherited at Stamford Bridge.

“Are there any ideal strikers?” Tuchel said. “If we look at (Lionel) Messi, he is a unique striker. Would you describe him at 17, 18 as an ideal No9? No.

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“But they (Barcelona) used him as an ideal false No9. They created positions for him to show his potential and maybe we can start from there and turn it around.

“It is my job to create chances and create spaces and make everybody understand how our strikers love to have the ball. How they can be the most dangerous guys that they can be because they have quality.

“Now it is on us, me and the teammates to create chances and the amount of chances that they can score.”

While Marina Granovskaia is determined to see her £45million investment in Werner pay off, Abraham has impressed Tuchel.

The Chelsea manager added: “I like that he made his way on the loans and overcame obstacles in his career when he went on loan. 

“He always scored for his teams. He was always there. He has the spirit to make it at Chelsea. This is one of the toughest challenges you can face but he is ready for that.”


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