Thomas Tuchel reveals why he blocked deadline transfer moves for two Chelsea players

Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea with a little more than a few crucial days remaining in the transfer window.

Before he arrived at the club, Chelsea were expected to be loaning out a few players and there was question marks over many more.

But Tuchel said he had an easy decision in knowing he did not want the club to go out and sign any new players in the late stage of the transfer window because he was happy with his squad.

And in that sense, that also means he did not want to let anyone go from his squad, including rising youngsters Billy Gilmour and Faustino Anjorin, who were both linked to loan moves away.

Tuchel blocked any such moves though because he likes the look of both players, as he revealed in the off-air media section of his pre-match press conference for Tottenham yesterday.

According to Sports Illustrated, Tuchel said:

“It was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach.

“I was in only a few days [before the window closed], I was happy with every guy that was out there on the pitch, and there were no big injuries. So there was no need for one minute to think about bringing players in.

“In the opposite sense, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group, because I like a lot of what I see from the two guys.

“Billy is very, very close [to the side] in terms of quality, work ethic and personality. He is very, very close.

“So we decided very very quickly, it was not even a decision, it was simply clear that we go with this group going forward.”