Monday, January 18, 2021

Sarri has found his Fabregas replacement… and for just £2.5 million!!

Maurizio Sarri has just found his new understudy for Jorginho even without dipping in the transfer market!

In this transfer market, Chelsea have been linked with a number of midfielders. Even before Cesc Fabregas’ departure, the Blues were looking for a new player. Now that Spaniard has joined Monaco, the club’s needs have only intensified. Stories emerging over the past couple of days are claiming that Chelsea are close to finalising a £36 million for Leandro Paredes. However, it seems that Maurizio Sarri is willing to find a solution that is closer to home and substantially cheaper.

Wales international, Ethan Ampadu is being touted to feature in a midfield role after Fabregas’ departure and Sarri was asked about the same. The former Napoli boss told reporters:

“In the future, maybe. Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy. We need to try and try and try in training. But I think he is able to do it.”

Ampadu has been on Chelsea’s books for the past 18 months and can play either as a No.6 or as a centre-back. His move to Stamford Bridge cost the club £2.5 million and that too determined by the tribunal. A hefty sum for a 16-year-old, his then club branded the decision “disappointing for football” owing to the talent that the six-times Wales international possesses.

Jorginho has featured in all but one Premier League game for Sarri this season. He is the focal point of Sarri-ball and every move passes through him. With the absence of an understudy, the Italian might get overworked in the second half of the season. This might just prompt more opportunities for the young Welshman.

Author’s Take

Chelsea aren’t exactly known for giving youth a chance. Their youngsters have won at various age levels but the path to first-team has always been blocked. However, change might be nigh. Callum Hudson-Odoi, another of their promising youngster is already threatening a move to Bayern Munich should the opportunities do not come more often. Together, these two have the potential to change the club’s policy.







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