Chelsea plot surprise move for talented wide player

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:43 Jun 27th 2017

When you have won the Premier League as convincingly as Chelsea did last term, it is easy to sit back and rest on your laurels, but improving the squad from a position of strength is generally the best way to ensure sustained success.

This is not something that the Blues managed to achieve after their previous title triumph back in 2014/15, with Pedro being the only really significant addition to their ranks that summer.

Lessons will undoubtedly have been learned by those in the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge, so several new faces are expected to walk through the doors in the next few weeks.

VITOLO

According to reports in the Daily Star, one player who is interesting the West London outfit is Vitolo, with the Spanish international said to have a £35m release clause in his contract.

Most comfortable operating in wide areas, but also able to play more centrally if necessary, the 27-year-old has been a model of consistency since arriving at Sevilla:

Vitolo
POS: MIDAGE: 27Y 7M
HEIGHT: 6FT 0INWEIGHT: 12ST 6LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
13/14
Sevilla
29
6
4
14/15
Sevilla
28
4
6
15/16
Sevilla
28
4
2
16/17
Sevilla
30
6
6
TOTAL
115
20
18

In three of his four La Liga campaigns for the club, the Canary Islander has made a direct contribution to ten goals or more, whilst he has averaged just short of 30 top-flight appearances per season.

Three times a Europa League winner with his current employers, Vitolo is not your typical Spanish midfield player by any stretch of the imagination, bringing a real energy and directness to the table:


Vitolo
versus
Willian
MIDPOSITIONMID
27Y 7MAGE28Y 10M
6FT 0INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
12ST 6LBWEIGHT12ST 6LB
 
LL | SEV | | CHE | PL
08/13 - 06/1708/13 - 06/17
98
STARTS
90
8702
MINS
PLAYED
8159
18
GOALS
18
20
ASSISTS
13
5
OPENING
GOALS
3
3
WINNING
GOALS
4
11
HOME
GOALS
8
7
AWAY
GOALS
10
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
3
R
14
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
3
R
15
483
MINS
PER GOAL
453
6
TOTAL
4

It is possible that Antonio Conte sees the 27-year-old as a viable alternative to Willian when it comes to providing competition for the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro, with the two men producing very similar numbers over the course of the last four top-flight campaigns.

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One Comment

  1. Amos Z. Gaye Sr
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    your/our and the board support will make us strong and maintin our lead. we need to support the coach for good and tireless players
    one like Vitolo and Alex . push for betterment and a stronger team. its the coach that knows the game. Brsvo Conte