Chelsea Set To Swoop For Winger With Numbers Like Hazard

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 08:00 Jul 2nd 2018

Chelsea have blown somewhat hot and cold in recent Premier League seasons, claiming the title in both 2014/15 and 2016/17 and failing to secure Champions League qualification in both 2015/16 and 2017/18.

If that sequence continues, then the West London outfit will once again be popping champagne corks come May, though several new faces are required to freshen up the squad if that is to stand any chance of happening.

According to the latest media reports, one potential signing could well be Napoli’s Jose Callejon, particularly if Maurizio Sarri picks up the managerial reins at Stamford Bridge this summer, with the winger’s £17.6m release clause expiring at the end of June.

Also thought to be a target for Valencia, Villarreal and AC Milan, the 31-year-old’s career has flourished since he made the switch to Italian football back in 2013, with his top-flight numbers broadly similar to those put up by Eden Hazard since then:

Jose
Callejon
VEden
Hazard
NapoliChelsea
FWD   31Y 4M   5FT 10INMID   27Y 5M   5FT 7IN
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018
CALLEJON
HAZARD
Starts
173
156
Minutes played
14957
13638
Goals
55
59
Assists
39
27
Opening goals
18
22
Winning goals
18
21
Home goals
27
35
Away goals
28
24
Goals with feet
45
56
Goals with head
5
2
Minutes per goal
272
231
TOTAL
5
6

In fact, the former Real Madrid man has actually been directly involved in more goals than the Blues’ Belgian international since arriving in Naples, whilst he has managed to achieve an almost perfect balance between strikes netted at home and on the road.

Of the players currently on the books at Chelsea, Callejon’s pace and running ability probably make him most similar in style to his fellow Spaniard, Pedro, though he has made far more of an attacking contribution than his countryman in the last three seasons:

Jose
Callejon
V
Pedro
NapoliChelsea
FWD   31Y 4M   5FT 10INFWD   30Y 11M   5FT 7IN
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
CALLEJON
PEDRO
Starts
110
67
Minutes played
9292
5690
Goals
31
19
Assists
30
13
Opening goals
7
7
Winning goals
11
5
Home goals
14
10
Away goals
17
9
Goals with feet
24
16
Goals with head
4
2
Minutes per goal
300
299
TOTAL
9
1

Speculation continues to swirl around the futures of Hazard and Willian, not that anyone at Stamford Bridge wants to lose the talented duo, so it makes perfect sense that the West London outfit would be looking to strengthen in that area of the pitch.

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