Chelsea target Italian and German talents to bolster squad
Chelsea are looking to bolster their squad for next season, as they target Andrea Conti of Atalanta and Jeremy Toljan of Hoffenheim. Both Conti and Toljan are full-backs and have been on Conte’s radar, with reports suggesting that Conte has been following Toljan’s progess since managerial days at Juventus. Chelsea have lacked depth in the squad this season, however they have been lucky due to the fact that there haven’t been many injuries and the players haven’t been fatigued. However, in the defeat against crystal Palace, where Moses was injured, and Pedro played in the Right Wingback position, it was clearly evident that Chelsea lacked a regular full-back at the position and this was one of the reason for the defensive lapses that caused Louis Zaha and Christian Benteke to break through and score, and ultimately win the game.
Andrea Conti has been in great form for Atalanta, scoring 5 and assisting 4 in the Serie A this season. Conti has attracted attention from a lot of clubs, Chelsea being the club showing most interest. Reports suggest that Conte has already sent scouts to assess the player. With only Victor Moses as a proper wingback on the right flank, young Conti could prove important for Conte’s plan as Champions’ League football beckons next season. It is possible that Chelsea will have to pay 15 million euros to get the right back’s signature.
Jeremy Toljan has had 15 Bundesliga appearences thi season so far, and has a goal and an assist to his name. His ability to play at different positions, both in midfield and defence may come handy for the Blues next season.
Chelsea have been absolutely solid this season, and one of the best defence in the premier league, and have only conceded 23 goals this season, as compared to 39 goals in the previous season. The London-based club currently sits on a seven-point lead over second placed Tottenham, due to their loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday. As we look a little deeper, we see that a lot of change happened after the London derby against Arsenal, and since changing to the 3 man defence, they have been unstoppable. Another interesting feature throughout the whole campaign was the fact that there were hardly any changes in the starting eleven. Most of the players played week in, week out, probably they had proper rest between games. However, with European Football next season, fatigue will become a factor for Conte’s men, and it will be important to build a squad before it.