Chelsea Move For Defensive Colossus As Rebuild Begins

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 17:30 Jun 13th 2018
 

There has been a distinct lack of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge so far this summer, with the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s managerial position doing little to help the club when it comes to attracting the players that they want.

Whether or not star man Eden Hazard stays or goes may also depend upon who comes through the doors, so it is important that the West London outfit invest more wisely than they did 12 months ago.

According to the latest media reports, one potential target is Montenegro international Stefan Savic, though the Premier League outfit are thought to face competition for his signature from Italian champions Juventus.

A bit-part figure during Manchester City’s 2011/12 title-winning campaign, the no-nonsense centre-back actually improved the Citizens’ defensive record when he was involved that season, helping them to keep six clean sheets in 11 games:

Stefan Savic
CLUB Manchester CityAGE 27Y 5M
POS DEFHEIGHT 6FT 1IN
2011/12
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
11
27
Win %
91%
67%
Draw %
0%
19%
Loss %
9%
15%
Avg Goal for
2.8
2.3
Avg Goals against
0.6
0.8
Mins per goal for
31.9
39.2
Mins per goal against
141.4
110.5
Shots for per game
16.4
16
Points per game
2.7
2.2
Clean sheets
6
11
TOTAL
9
2

Following three years at Fiorentina in which the 6’1” defender honed his craft, a switch to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015 enabled the 27-year-old to fine tune his game under the expert guidance of Diego Simeone.

Since signing for the club from the Spanish capital, Savic has played a part in an incredible 41 top-flight clean sheets in his 66 starts and five substitute appearances, with opponents taking an average of 133 minutes between goals:

Stefan
Savic
VGary
Cahill
Atletico de MadridChelsea
DEF   27Y 5M   6FT 1INDEF   32Y 5M   6FT 2IN
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
SAVIC
CAHILL
Starts
66
80
Minutes played
5981
7321
Goals scored
2
8
Goals with feet
2
5
Goals with head
0
3
Assists
1
1
Clean sheets
41
30
Goals against
45
93
Minutes per goal against
133
79
TOTAL
3
5

This is not entirely his own doing of course, but the Montenegrin’s record is still somewhat superior to that of Gary Cahill during the same period in the Premier League, and he is a good five years younger than the Chelsea man to boot.

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