Transfer News: Chelsea get deadline for Dujon Sterling loan recall
According to Nizaar kinsella, the club’s correspondent for GOAL, quoted by Pys (h / t Football.London), Chelsea were given the deadline for Dujon Sterling’s Blackpool loan recall as they took a stand on the potential signing of a right-back. They require additions to this position due to Reece James’ injury.
The Blues will make a final decision decision by early next week on whether or not a new right-back should be signed. A left-back is the priority at the moment, which is understandable given the severity of Ben Chilwell’s injury.
For this reason, the west London club had lost Kieran Trippier, who joined Newcastle United after leaving Atletico Madrid. Thomas Tuchel’s team is analyzing the options available in the transfer market at the moment, but they have the to the right to recall Sterling until Thursday.
With Chilwell on the sidelines for the rest of the season compared to two months of James, we understand why the club has decided to focus on strengthening the left side. At the same time, we could have placed Trippier there, which would have been an option more than sufficient.
Newcastle secured the ex-Atletico man for a paltry sum of £ 12million, which would have made a smart signature if we had had it. But we cannot dwell on the past and the missed opportunities because there are problems to be solved inside the club. Tuchel’s side could cut the 22-year-old’s loan short prematurely, but he still may not be ready enough for the top-level experience.
Since this Sunday is set as the deadline for a signing, it seems the England club are not convinced that the lender is covering the 22-year-old’s absence. But we should try to end it by Thursday, as we wouldn’t be able to get the Blackpool lender past that.
If we wait beyond this period there is the risk of not finding a suitable target which means we would have lost the opportunity to call the UK lender back. As there is not much time left for the deadline to pass, we may receive more updates on the topic soon.
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Sterling, however, might just be a quick fix for now. We can’t expect him to be an instant starter replicating James’ offensive and defensive work pace. But then again, it’s not like James has been away for that long, and until then the youngster could be a capable placeholder.