WHEN Roman Abramovich packed his bags, many wondered how Chelsea would fare in the transfer market.
New American owner Todd Boehly has no experience of European football.
And some argued his position had been weakened when Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech also left Stamford Bridge.
But Boehly wanted his first transfer window to be entirely in the hands of Thomas Tuchel.
It’s rare for a Chelsea boss to have a say in signings.
However, Tuchel is a Champions League winner who deserves the chance to build a squad in his image.
And the German hit the nail on the head in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, both of whom made good debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Everton.
At the top is Romelu Lukaku with his bad attitude, terrible touch and concrete boots.
Sterling was a breath of fresh air in the final third against Everton, gliding in and around their five-man defense with pace.
Determined to push his team forward, Sterling was at the heart of every good attacking move Chelsea made.
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And to be signed for less than £50million while the peak of his career is yet to come must be considered excellent business.
But Tuchel also did everything right when replacing Antonio Rüdiger, who has been a key figure in his team for the past 18 months.
Koulibaly supporters were dismissed as “Fifa fans” when Napoli eventually ditched him, with the defender’s best days seemingly behind him.
Yet Koulibaly’s performance against Everton was so composed that one would forget that Rudiger occupied the same space.
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The Afcon winner almost didn’t seem to break a sweat as he fended off almost every Everton attack.
Koulibaly also dominated up front, displaying a decent range of passing and dribbling while bombarding the box.
Chelsea’s transfer window had been written off by many given the number of players they had reportedly turned down.
But if you go by Sterling and Koulibaly, Tuchel also has the magic touch in the negotiation room.
In fact, £62million new man Marc Cucurella made no mistake in his 15-minute cameo at Goodison Park, looking energetic and sharp.
And if Tuchel wants Wesley Fofana for £85m as well as all the other signings this month, who is going to question him?
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5945459/chelsea-verdict-transfers-raheem-sterling-kalidou-koulibaly/ Chelsea verdict: Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly debuts prove Todd Boehly right in backing Thomas Tuchel on transfers