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Chelsea have a confusing recruitment policy according to Dominic Fifield.

He said: “Chelsea are playing out this short-term transfer policy this month with the prospect of losing one of their long term projects in Callum Hudson-Odoi. If he goes to Germany then where is the long-term planning? There is a lot of confusion surrounding Chelsea within their recruitment department.”

“Marina Granovskaia has effectively taken over the duties of technical director but there are a lot of mixed messages coming out of that. Clubs who are dealing with Chelsea are wondering who they should contact to find out who is available and who Chelsea might want. That doesn’t reflect well on the current hierarchy.”

“I don’t see how Sarri can progress the team in the style he wants with that current personnel. I wonder if we will see a current stall in the transfer market until the summer when they can back the manager. Hopefully they’ll still be in the top four by then to attract the calibre of player.

“Chelsea are not entertaining. Some of my Chelsea friends make it obvious that it’s a bit boring at times but that’s because the players don’t fit what Sarri wants to do with them.

“Jorginho was the marquee signing, he is supposed to set the tempo but he’s still adapting to the English game. He plays a huge amount of passes but hasn’t got an assist to his name. He’s not a dynamic midfielder in the Premier League that can dominate a match.

“These are teething problems. If you appoint someone like Sarri you know he only plays one way. You have to accept there will be a period of transition. Chelsea are fortunate that they have enough good players to sustain this good start to the season.”

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