Chelsea appoint recruitment chief Joe Shields from Southampton


Chelsea appoint recruitment chief Joe Shields from Southampton as owner Todd Boehly prepares to bolster Graham Potter’s squad in January… with the club vowing to adopt a ‘modern and data-driven philosophy’ in the transfer market

  • Joe Shields joined Chelsea’s recruitment team from Southampton on Thursday
  • He arrives in the capital as the Blues’ new Co-Director of Recruitment and Talent
  • Owner Todd Boehly is expected to bolster Graham Potter’s squad in January
  • The club’s recruitment vowed to adopt a ‘modern and data-driven philosophy’

Chelsea have appointed recruitment chief Joe Shields from Southampton.

Shields held the role of Head of Senior Recruitment at St Mary’s and will remain with the Saints until his obligations at the club are complete.

He joins Chelsea as their new Co-Director of Recruitment and Talent ahead of the January transfer window.

Southampton recruitment chief Joe Shields has joined Chelsea ahead of the January window 

Chelsea chiefs Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said via the club website: ‘Joe is another great addition to Chelsea, and we’re thrilled to have him on board. 

‘We have a clear plan and will adopt a modern and data-driven philosophy, focused on elite emerging talent. 

‘We’re assembling a deep and collaborative management team who are eager to build a continued sustained winner at Chelsea. Joe has a great track record and understanding of the game and emerging talent. 

Blues owner Todd Boehly is expected to bolster Graham Potter's squad in the January window

Blues owner Todd Boehly is expected to bolster Graham Potter’s squad in the January window

Chelsea had a busy transfer window this summer, signing new stars such as Raheem Sterling

Chelsea had a busy transfer window this summer, signing new stars such as Raheem Sterling

‘We know we have another strong leader and a team player who will help us continue to build our world-class football organisation.’

Shields spent nine years at Manchester City and held various roles across both recruitment and the club’s academy before joining Southampton.

Boehly is expected to invest in Chelsea’s squad once again during the transfer window in January, having signed the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

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