Chelsea are preparing for a summer overhaul.
One of the players who have generated quite a bit of interest in England is West Ham United’s Declan Rice. The 21 year old England international has been close friends with Mason Mount and where seen together as recently as last week when the duo went out for a 5-a-side footy despite being told to stay in quarantine (an incident for which Mount was rightly punished by Chelsea).
Chelsea have four central midfielders in Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Kovacic has been outstanding this season under Lampard while Gilmour despite some mind blowing performances remains an 18 year old kid who needs to be honed and phased in rather than thrown under the bus with the pressure of a full season.
As for Jorginho, he has phased in and out and has done well in patches but many think he is just not cut out for the Premier League, defensively. Kante is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and will continue to be so. However, he lacks the cutting edge when in possession which is increasingly becoming the trend for defensive midfielders in modern day football.
This has seen Chelsea venture out in search of players like Rice, who, at 21, hold the potential to become great as a central defensive midfielder both offensively and defensively.
Do you think he’s worth a punt for Chelsea?