Sheringham says what ‘surprises’ him about Poch, Chelsea links amid ‘shambolic’ Boehly maiden season

Jason Soutar
Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham thinks “everything can change” at Chelsea if they can sign a “finisher” with Mauricio Pochettino expected to be a “great” appointment.

The Blues are on course to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League despite spending over £500million on new players across the previous two transfer windows.

The club’s new ownership, led by Todd Boehly, made the bold decision to sack Champions League-winning boss Thomas Tuchel last September, replacing him with Graham Potter, who was dismissed in April.

Neither decision has been justified with Frank Lampard – who has lost all five of his games in charge – taking over until the end of the season.

Despite the huge amount of money Chelsea have spent in less than a year, they are expected to sign another two or three first-team players this summer.

They are in dire need of a new striker, while a defensive midfielder would not go amiss.

It is difficult to judge the Blues’ potential summer dealings with no permanent manager at the helm.

Pochettino is expected to take charge, which has resulted in Chelsea being linked with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Although the Argentine failed to win a trophy during his time as Tottenham manager, ex-Spurs striker Sheringham thinks he will be a “great” appointment and is “surprised” his former club did not go in for him after they sacked Antonio Conte.

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“I think Poch would be a great signing for Chelsea,” Sheringham told Lord Ping.

“Chelsea will give him money to spend, and he’ll have his own targets that he will want to bring in to compliment the wonderful players they already have at the football club.

“Chelsea are missing a goal scorer; they need a goal scorer. If they could get a finisher in there, I think everything can change for them.

“He is going to have some wonderful players at his disposal, and he will have the autonomy to go in there and decide who he wants to keep and who wants to get rid of without having to worry about upsetting anyone.

“He has a wonderful pedigree. I was surprised that Tottenham didn’t make a move for him.

“It doesn’t look like Tottenham are going to be appointing a manager anytime soon unless Daniel Levy is working on a deal with Julian Nagelsmann to come in at the end of the season – you would assume that Tottenham are in talks with someone to let Poch join a rival without having a conversation with him.

“I think Poch would be great at Chelsea. I like the way he sets up his teams; on the front foot, taking the game to the opposition. He has the players at Chelsea where he will be able to do that.

“If he does join them, it will be great to see him back in the Premier League.”

Sheringham then said he understands why Pochettino is taking the job at the end of the season due to Chelsea’s ‘shambolic’ season.

Asked if taking the job at the end of 2022-23 is a cop out, Sheringham replied: “That’s one way of looking at it, you could say it is a bit of a cop out not to go into the job immediately, but then you have to look at the vibe at the club – Chelsea have been a shambles this year.

“They have been on a downward spiral. Realistically, what would he be able to do in the next four games?

“I’d imagine he’ll have three or four players that he will be looking to add to that team in the summer, so perhaps he is thinking about recruitment and making some enquiries in the background.

“With the squad that he has there, I only think it will take a couple of additions to transform the club’s fortunes. Obviously, players will have to leave.

“There are pros and cons to not taking the job immediately. I suspect that he doesn’t want to be associated with what the club have done this season because it’s been a terrible season for them. He won’t want that on his managerial record.”

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