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Chelsea need Mbappe but have new Hazard, Tottenham must sell Kane, Arsenal rebuild – DUNN


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Chelsea need Mbappe but have new Hazard, Tottenham must sell Kane, Arsenal rebuild - DUNN
Matthew Dunn draws a veil over the final weekend of Premier League action and assesses what needs to happen at each of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal after the 2020/21 season.

CHELSEA

For a man who has pulled off such miracles should surely be able to teach Timo Werner the offside law?

Provided he is given more time to develop without expectation, Christian Pulisic could begin to fill the chasm let by Eden Hazard.

Thomas Tuchel is very particular about who he gets to lead his line – just ask Tammy Abraham, who cannot get a kick there.

Perhaps we could see him reignite the fiery union he had at PSG with Kylian Mbappe. He describes the France international as a “shark” and he will need somebody with his qualities if he is to hunt down the trophies Roman Abramovich will be demanding.

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TOTTENHAM

Where to begin? Well, a manager would be a start. Now the season is over, the only reason Daniel Levy has got not to move swiftly and decisively is if he has lined up Belgium manager Roberto Martinez as the new boss.

Waiting till the end of the Euros would be a disaster – not that Harry Kane’s future will be decided at anything lower than board level.

If the money is there – whether that’s £100m, £120m or anything else – Levy owes it to his talisman to accept it.

Goodness knows the new manager needs funds from somewhere for a complete overhaul of some of the supporting structures.

The thing is Spurs still potentially have world-class players in some key positions – Son Heung-Min, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a rejuvenated Dele Alli and the evergreen Hugo Lloris.

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But the centre of defence is no longer fit for purpose, indeed the entire back four needs to be better if Spurs are to finish in the top four.

Then they need the creative talent to replace Kane the scorer and Kane the supplier.

It’s not going to be easy and Spurs rather wasted the £85m windfall they got for Gareth Bale in 2013

This is make or break time for the whole Tottenham project.

ARSENAL

No Europe, no excuses for Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard keeps on about how the improvements are occurring behind the scenes. Well, the players will be behind the scenes more than ever next season with no midweek football.

He has some good young players at his disposal – the pressure is on to turn them into outstanding ones.

Thomas Partey needs to be settled in, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to rediscover his touch and then – and only then – the board need to get a few signings right to turn Arsenal into outside contenders for the top four again.

That is the measure of how far they are away right now.

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