Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali's 15-month tenure at Chelsea has been far from smooth sailing. There was a new found optimism when the takeover of the Blues was completed after months of behind the scenes negotiations to purchase the club from Roman Abramovich.
There was genuine excitement amongst supporters, who had feared for the future of their club after the UK government placed sanctions on Abramovich who was forced to look for the right buyer. Boehly quickly demonstrated the owners' intent in the transfer market when the summer window opened in the very early days of his ownership.
The new ownership group, spearheaded by the American business tycoon, were very willing to spend hundreds of millions – which has since turned into over £1billion – to get Chelsea some of the best young talent in world football. In fact, the Blues have signed an incredible 28 players since Boehly took over and 25 of them (89.2%) have been either 25 years old or younger.
The only exceptions to this rule have been Raheem Sterling (27 at the time of signing), Kalidou Koulibaly (31) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33). Two of the three players have since moved away from the club on permanent deals after just one season at Stamford Bridge.
Over £1bn has been spent on signings in the 15 months of Boehly and Clearlake Capital but the lucrative spending has not translated to success on the pitch. Far from it, in fact, with Chelsea on just five points from their opening six Premier League matches of the season – sitting down in 14th-place, looking to improve on coming 12th last term.
A new head coach in Mauricio Pochettino, while actually getting his side to play some good football at times, has been unable to get the results expected of him in theRead on football.london