Three Players Who Chelsea Can Consider For The Right-Wing Back Position
New wingback for Chelsea? It would be an overshoot to state that the Victor Moses’ diving embarrassment in the FA cup final cost Chelsea the coveted double. However, it brought into limelight multiple questions around the Nigerian’s ability and his role in the team.
A player who was never seen fit to wear the Chelsea blue for years and had average seasons loaned to Stoke and Liverpool, suddenly shocked everyone this year. But before we could conclude that Moses has come of age and can continue doing this for years, there should be some pragmatism in the analysis. We have seen many players in premier league take the world by storm for one year and fall off the next. Remember when Charlie Adam looked like a world class player? Or when Arshavin became a fan favorite in 6 months? All of these were followed by seasons of mediocrity.
The two wing backs being the most vital players in Conte’s coveted new formation, it is imperative that there is a consistent if not a world class player as the right wing back. With Champions League and additional games it brings, it will be a huge gamble to rely on Moses blindly before the jury is totally out. Here is a look at 3 viable transfer options for Chelsea this season.
A right back who has unlimited energy. He is never afraid to venture up the field and put in pin-point crosses. There are so many things which can be admired about Aurier. Sure, he comes with his bag of discipline issues but this is a club that has handled controversial personalities like John Terry and Ashley Cole with aplomb and hence taking a chance on Aurier would turn out to be a smart move if they can plan on keeping him under control.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
Will Alex swap the North to West London? Will Arsenal let an English kid take a taxi and join the rivals? Probably not, but the current situation states otherwise. Alex has one year left on his contract and Arsenal have very little time left to tie him down with the club. The question now is if Arsenal will resist a hefty bid from their London rivals. Frankly, the answer is a No.
Alex has been a revelation after Arsene switched to a 3 man backline. High energy, trickery, and newly added mettle make Alex a perfect candidate to breathe down the neck of Moses.
The solution doesn’t necessarily lie in the transfer window alone. How about Ake who was amazing last season at Bournemouth? Though he shined as a centre-back, he plays on right-hand side by trade. His pace, strength, and defensive acumen were on display in those 6 months and Conte brought him back to Chelsea as a backup for the wingbacks. With Chelsea fans clamoring for some academy players in the first team, Ake could be a perfect solution. Bellerin, Walker all became good players because some manager placed their faith in them. Ake could easily be the next big thing at Chelsea.