Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson, speaking to King Casino Bonus, defended Christopher Nkunku’s choice to join the Blues this summer.
It was a pre-arranged transfer that permitted the French international to finish the season with RB Leipzig before transferring permanently to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Former RB Leipzig and Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick recently lambasted Nkunku for joining Chelsea at such an early age. He also mentioned the Blues’ current status, which is not good.
This comes after the former Manchester United interim manager remarked that the Frenchman made a decision to join Chelsea far too early in his career.
”I don’t agree with Ralf Rangnick at all about Christopher Nkunku coming to Chelsea too early. It is not great at the moment but Chelsea are still Chelsea. A fantastic football club with fantastic players, there is just a lot of change going on at the moment. There is no dust that needs to settle,”he said.
“Nkunku is certainly not going to an in-form Chelsea at the slightest, but once a manager and the owners settle in at the club, Chelsea will be alright.
They are not a million miles away at all. Yes, at the minute they are struggling, but I don’t think Nkunku regrets signing early.”
Chelsea’s power is not diminished by one season of poor play. It is apparent that the club must make better judgements in the future; the allure of playing for a top London team has not vanished.
For the previous 18 months, the former Paris Saint-Germain forwards has been one of the finest in the Bundesliga. In 54 league appearances since the start of last season, the 25-year-old has scored 32 goals and assisted on 18. Those are very impressive figures from a player who does not frequently play as a number nine.
Mauricio Pochettino is on his way to become the next manager of Chelsea. The Argentine may want Nkunku to play for him next season. The Frenchman is a dynamic forwards who can play in a variety of positions. But, more crucially, he is a true goal threat, something that the team’s current forwards alternatives lack.