Roy Keane would “be amazed” if Thomas Tuchel wasn’t still Chelsea manager at Christmas despite “loads of uncertainty” at the Premier League club.
Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club, which was completed at the end of May, has seemingly impacted their transfer dealings this summer with just Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly through the door so far this summer.
Chelsea have been interested in Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde but have been beaten to the punch by La Liga side Barcelona on all three occasions.
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They still have a chance of signing Kounde but widespread reports are claiming that Barcelona have won the race with the Sevilla defender set on moving to the Camp Nou.
The fact that Boehly has taken responsibility for transfers this summer, after Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia both left the club in a reshuffle, could have also impacted negatively on incomings.
One person who is not relaxed about the lack of new signings is Chelsea boss Tuchel, who has insisted that the club still need to bring in a “huge amount of quality players” before the end of the transfer window.
Speaking in the aftermath of their heavy 4-0 friendly defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, Tuchel said: “My analysing of the season does not change because of this game. Unfortunately, it proved my point.
“The last week proves my point. I would absolutely prefer not to be right. I did everything to prove myself wrong but at the moment I feel that I was right.
“I look at the last season and parts of the game where we struggled, parts of the season where we struggled, and then we got sanctioned and players left us and some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is.
“So we had an urgent appeal for quality players, a huge amount of quality players. We got two quality players but we are not competitive like this. Unfortunately you could see it today.”
Despite Tuchel’s obvious discomfort with their transfer business to date, Keane would be surprised if the owners failed to back him before the end of the window.
When asked if Chelsea could have a new manager by Christmas, Keane told Sky Bet: “No, I don’t think so. There has obviously been loads of uncertainty over the club the last few months, that has been sorted out now obviously with the new ownership coming in.
“I’m pretty sure again he will be able to bring some players in. He is a top quality manager, he has dealt with a lot of issues over the last few months.
“Ultimately it was a disappointing end to the season for them. But he is a top quality manager and I think the owners will back him. I’d be amazed if he is not there at Christmas.”