‘They got it wrong’ – William Gallas slams Todd Boehly for this transfer decision

William Gallas
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Former Chelsea defender William Gallas has admitted his disappointment with the recruitment made by the new Chelsea owners.

Chelsea spent over £270m on new signings this summer, as Todd Boehly attempted to back Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market.

For all of Chelsea’s spending spree, the Chelsea team still doesn’t look like a well built squad, and Gallas has slammed the spending and was critical with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He told Genting Casino: “I feel like Chelsea’s transfer window, despite the amount of the money spent, was rushed. There were a lot of changes happening at the club this summer with the new owner coming in and taking a hands-on role with recruitment.

“I think that Boehly and Chelsea wanted to make signings as a new owner to demonstrate his commitment to the club, but I don’t think he had quite the right approach for this transfer window.

“They spent a lot of money, but I’m convinced they could have done better. It is difficult to understand football at the moment. Look at Aubameyang.

“He left Arsenal in January, something obviously happened between him and the club, went to Barcelona and now he is coming back to the Premier League after six months.

“We are talking about Barcelona. You don’t leave Barcelona after six months, do you know what I mean? Maybe Barcelona didn’t give him the assurances that he wanted at his age that he would play every week, they also signed Lewandowski.

“Maybe Xavi told him that he won’t be in his starting eleven every week, but this is Barcelona! Even if he is 33 years old, you need to fight at a club like Barcelona to play.

“I know there are some fans that are not very happy with the move, but as I said before, I feel like the Chelsea board rushed the transfer window and were desperate to bring a forward in before the window closed.

“It feels like he was a player that was signed because he became available, rather than necessarily a long-held target.

“I’m sure they couldn’t sign another forward before the window closed, and as a result, Aubameyang was a player they could get, so they got him.”