Uncertainty may still reign at Stamford Bridge, with manager Antonio Conte’s future the subject of continued speculation and plans for the next phase of the club’s development put on hold by chairman Roman Abramovich, but this has done nothing to dampen the fans’ appetite for new signings.
Last season’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League was a long way below expectations after the previous year’s title triumph, and an FA Cup victory did little to address the feeling that the side is going backwards rather than forwards.
Additions of real quality need to be made in this summer’s transfer window and, with Manchester United, City, Liverpool and Arsenal all already having made strong signings themselves, they need to happen soon.
Reports in today’s press suggest that Southampton’s Mario Lemina is on the Chelsea radar, with the 24-year-old having impressed massively during his side’s late-season relegation battle, but is he good enough to make a difference at the highest level?
|CLUB Southampton||AGE 24Y 9M|
|POS MID||HEIGHT 6FT 0IN|
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Lemina played in 25 of Southampton’s 38 Premier League matches last season, and the impact he had on the side is clear for all to see from the statistics above.
Generally known more for his defensive work than his attacking, it’s interesting to note that Southampton’s goal per game average actually rose by an impressive 37% when the Gabon international was on the field.
Results, however, are what Chelsea need and, if last season’s anything to go by, Lemina can help them get them. Southampton’s 8% win ratio without him in the side would undoubtedly have seen them relegated, but the rise to 24% with him saved them from that ignominy. A real, genuine impact.
Having previously represented Juventus on 42 occasions, there can be no doubt that Lemina does have the pedigree required at Europe’s elite clubs. He has pushed on immensely during his time on England’s south coast, and a few would relish a midfield battle with him and N'Golo Kanté.
If the price is right, this could be a transfer that makes perfect sense for all involved.
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