William Gallas slams Todd Boehly and questions ‘desperate’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 08
Todd Boehly oversaw a summer spending spree which included the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)

Former defender William Gallas has questioned Todd Boehly’s summer spending spree and highlighted the ‘desperate’ signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a particular cause for concern.

The club’s new owner oversaw a club record outlay of £280millon on new players before dramatically sacking just seven games into the new season.

Former Arsenal captain Aubameyang was the final arrival on a frantic deadline day with the 33-year-old looking forward to rekindling his relationship with Tuchel having been deemed surplus to requirements by Barcelona.

Aubameyang’s reunion with Tuchel lasted less than a week, however, and Gallas questioned the wisdom of a decision to sign a player who is far from a long-term solution to Chelsea’s goalscoring issues.

He told : ‘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.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a frustrating Chelsea debut against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

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