Paul Merson criticizes Chelsea for allowing Mason Mount and Kai Havertz to join top-four rivals Man Utd and Arsenal; Sky Sports’ football pundit believes Chelsea need to strengthen their squad to challenge this season and reiterates the impact Harry Kane could have at Stamford Bridge
By Paul Merson, football expert and columnist @PaulMerse
16:57, UK, Tuesday 4 July 2023
Let’s be honest, selling Mason Mount and Kai Havertz is not good business from Chelsea. I just don’t get it.
It might make sense if Chelsea were to bring in some money, but there is no point in bringing in money at the expense of missing out on the top four, which in itself will lose the club more money.
Manchester United and Arsenal are going to be in the mix for the top four next season, along with Chelsea, so why would you weaken yourself by selling two of your best players to direct rivals?
Chelsea fans will say that Mount and Havertz didn’t have great seasons last season, but they are decent players who will surely improve the teams they go to.
I could understand if they were sold to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but not to two enemies who are going to fight to be where you want to be just to get money in to keep buying unproven kids .
The way Chelsea are doing it, it’s like they’re trying to dominate football in five years, but we all know how football changes and these up-and-coming kids aren’t guaranteed to be the stars of the future.
Mount unfairly treated at Chelsea?
When you’re a player coming through the ranks, it’s not the same as someone who’s been bought. If you pay £50m for someone they are an asset so they are looked after.
When I went to Middlesbrough I was treated like a king. I sneezed and there was a tissue there!
Mount must have thought, ‘why am I being treated differently to everyone else, why am I not getting the money that these other players are getting?’ Let’s remember, he was the best player on the team last year and won Player of the Year twice.
I can’t believe only one club was after Mount. He has proven himself in the Premier League, before his injury last season he was nailed to start for England and he was the best player in a good Chelsea team.
If I supported Manchester United I would be more than happy with the signing. He gives you energy, gets on the ball, on the half-swing, looks forward all the time. The boy is a proper player, a special player.
Arsenal should buzz Kai Havertz, he makes them a better team.
The only problem I could see with Havertz is similar to what Mesut Ozil experienced at Arsenal. If things don’t go well, Havertz doesn’t look very interested.
It’s just down to the way he plays, it’s just the way some players are, it’s not because he doesn’t try. If you’re playing a good game, Havertz looks elegant, silky smooth, but if it’s not going well, people will say he’s not running around or trying.
That’s his only problem, but make no mistake, he improves Arsenal.
‘Chelsea is crying out for signings’
Chelsea are crying out for a new goalkeeper. You need a goalkeeper who will win you points. Having one can half move you up the league quickly.
David De Gea is slaughtered at Manchester United for giving away points, but he gets a lot of points for them, he probably saves more points than he loses.
Chelsea’s midfield is also crying out for reinforcements. Everyone has gone. They’ve got Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher at the club, there’s talk of Moises Caicedo coming in, but that’s all they’ve got, potentially three midfielders, that’s it.
As we sit here today, if Mauricio Pochettino gets Chelsea into the top four after only signing Caicedo, you’d say he pulled up the trees.
“Kane makes Chelsea title contenders”
They need midfielders and they also need a centre-forward. The only player out there to take Chelsea to another level is Harry Kane, he is the only one. He takes Chelsea to challenge for the league title again.
If Chelsea buy Kane there would be something wrong if they didn’t finish in the top four, such a big difference Kane would make.
I cannot for the life of me see Kane joining Bayern Munich. Why would you come within 48 goals of Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record and then head to Bayern to help them win the Bundesliga for the 97th time on the trot? Why would you go? Why?
He scored 30 league goals last season for Tottenham, for Tottenham. And who plays with him at Spurs? He has to do it all himself virtually. If he stays at Spurs next season with James Maddison there now, I dread to think how many goals he will get.
I cannot for the life of me see Kane joining Bayern Munich. Why would you come within 47 goals of Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record and then head to Bayern to help them win the Bundesliga for the 97th time on the trot? Why would you go? Why?