With a lot of transfer news around Chelsea focused on attacking options, a recent report suggests they will be looking to strengthen at the back as well as they are interested in young defender Achraf Hakimi.
According to 90min, the Blues are joined by fellow Premier League sides Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in enquiring about the right-back. who has been on loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid since 2018.
It currently looks like Hakimi will return to Spain in the summer as Los Blancos have given no indication about wanting to sell him, but with European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Inter, Juventus and Dortmund also keeping a close eye on whether he is wanted in Zidane’s squad (as per 90min), the right fee might see him leave the Spanish side in the summer.
Would Hakimi be a good signing?
Chelsea have mainly used Cezar Azpilicueta and Reece James in the right-back position this campaign, and the two are at contrasting points in their career, as club captain Azpilicueta is 30 years old and possibly entering his final few seasons at Stamford Bridge, whilst James is only 20.
Hakimi boasts the best statistics out of the three offensively with five goals and 10 assists, whilst also managing on average 1.1 shots and 1.1 key passes per game and completing 2.3 successful dribbles. James has 0.9 shots and 0.9 key passes per game whilst managing 1.6 dribbles and the captain has 0.8 shots, 1.1 key passes and 0.3 dribbles.
The offensive side of the game is crucial to a Chelsea team seeking to contend at the top of the Premier League. However, defence obviously matters too and it looks like Azpilicueta still has something to offer at the club as his defensive statistics are the best of the three, with 2.4 tackles and 1.9 interceptions a game compared to Hakimi’s 1.9 tackles and 0.9 interceptions and James’ 1.4 tackles and 0.9 interceptions.
Although James has been touted by Azpilicueta as the next big player to emerge at Chelsea, with many wanting him to be called up to the England squad already, his stats show that he still has a lot of learning to do, and Hakimi coming in could be the ideal player to give the Englishman the fierce competition he needs to succeed and become the best he can be.
The Morocco international could also be seen as a future replacement for Azpilicueta, who can deputise at centre-back, so bringing in the 21-year-old would give the Blues two great young full-backs to choose from and could see the Spaniard play more centrally as his speed starts to decline with age.
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