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Enzo Maresca must quickly complete three tasks at Chelsea with first transfer agreed

Enzo Maresca will have a number of items waiting in his in-tray at Cobham
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New Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca will be eager to get to work ahead of the transfer window opening on June 14.

The Italian has penned a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge to succeed Mauricio Pochettino and try to solve the issues the Argentine had attempted to sort out. Maresca has arrived with no fewer than six of his backroom staff from Leicester City.

They will help instil his tactical system into the squad, which could be set for a number of changes in light of Premier League spending limits. Thiago Silva has left for nothing while a number of academy graduates face uncertain futures.

It is thought that Chelsea are close to the loss cap this summer and might need to sell players by June 30, when the current financial cycle ends. These factors comprise three items on Maresca’s to-do list at Cobham.

Liaise with Boehly over transfer objectives

It’s clear Todd Boehly and the Chelsea hierarchy like to have the main hand in sorting transfer deals, and Maresca will walk into the Bridge knowing this. He will nevertheless be keen to impart his thoughts into the blueprint.

It seems as though Chelsea are set to replace the outgoing Silva with Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, with football.london understanding that a deal for the soon-to-be free agent is close. The Blues are expected to tie up a deal for the former England youth international imminently.

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Meanwhile, Maresca ought to share his opinion on academy products Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah, who could be sold in order to bring in guaranteed profit in light of Financial Fair Play. Maresca ought to be told the full extent of where the club sits in FFP too, which could determine whether a new striker is bought.

Choose his No.1 goalkeeper

Maresca’s play involves the goalkeeper playing a key role and at times acting like an extra defender. Therefore, the number one must be good with his feet.

Djordje Petrovic came in for Robert Sanchez during the second half of Pochettino’s reign and performed respectably. It’s unclear who Maresca would favour when both are fit and firing.

The pair do not see their respective contracts expire until 2030 and so whoever is demoted to second-place could face a headache. Maresca will likely stick with his pick too given Mads Hermansen played all but two Championship games last year at Leicester.

Instil his tactical system

Chelsea took an awfully long time to get going under Pochettino and will now be required to learn a new tactical system under Maresca. The sooner he works on it with his players the better, although he faces disruption with some of his players away at Euro 2024 this summer.

The manager’s thesis works well when it is pulled off, as seen at Leicester last year, but can be vulnerable when all the cogs are not turning correctly. Ensuring his message gets across clear and filters down throughout the club will be vital in Chelsea getting off to a good start.

Boehly showed last year that he will be patient if things don’t go swimmingly initially, but he is also unafraid to axe managers mid-season, as seen with Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. There is no doubt Maresca will feel the pressure and want a fast start.