Chelsea’s never-ending search for a wingback solution continues this month, with contradicting reports claiming Lyon is refusing the European Champions’ desire to recall Emerson Palmeri.
Thomas Tuchel was asked once more how Chelsea intends to deal with the injury situation that has forced them to play without their first-choice players during a vital phase of the season.
“For us, the situation has remained unchanged. There are no new developments.” Tuchel mentioned this on Tuesday, ahead of Spurs’ Carabao Cup semi-final.
“The areas where we are looking into the market are clear. There’s no need to put any pressure, and for sure no needs to do it in public.”
According to Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea’s £3.3 million bid to bring Emerson back from Lyon was rejected, with another target, Everton’s Lucas Digne, likely to join Aston Villa for £25 million.
Even though Thomas Tuchel’s favored option this window is a loan player, it is apparent that the loan player is Thomas Tuchel’s preferred option.
After all, Chelsea being unable to recall their own player would not be a good look, thus the wait for a resolution to this strange scenario continues.
According to Foot Mercato, a former Tuchel player might help Chelsea in this situation, with Lyon linked with PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa, who could be a viable substitute if Emerson returned to his parent club.
Kurzawa has only played once for PSG this season and is worth £8 million according to TransferMarkt. He’s been linked with Napoli, Watford, and Aston Villa in recent months after leaving the French team.
Tuchel has used the 29-year-old in recent seasons, and he praised the German’s use of him during PSG’s journey to the Champions League final in the 2019/20 season.
“I have a very good relationship with him. This allowed me to have playing time this season.” Kurzawa said of Tuchel back in July 2020.
“I was able to play several matches despite my status as a substitute behind Juan (Bernat). It is also a mark of confidence on his part because I did not think that I would play as many matches.
“I notably played the knockout stages of the Champions League against Dortmund, which was something strong for me. That’s why today, I don’t have the words, but I’m very happy to sign four more years.”
Kurzawa’s assessment of Tuchel’s re-entry into the PSG group at important moments is eerily similar to Emerson’s at Stamford Bridge in the second half of last season.
The Italian scored in Atletico Madrid’s last-16 second-leg victory, and he also started FA Cup matches against Barnsley and Sheffield United.
Tuchel’s admiration for Emerson’s attitude underlines his belief that the best way to make the most of a larger squad is to extract as much potential as possible from unexpected places.
Frank Lampard has all but given up on Emerson, who, in all honesty, was never going to be good enough to start for Chelsea on a regular basis. When necessary, though, the German was able to coax decent performances from a periphery figure.
Tuchel may be able to repeat Kurzawa’s achievement with Emerson in the coming months, thanks to Kurzawa.