Chelsea have been linked to Stoke City’s rising teenaged star Mohamed Sankoh, who is currently out of contract.
The 16-year-old striker has appeared on the west London outfit’s radar after impressing with the Potters’ youth side. According to The Mirror, Sankoh has been offered a new contract by Stoke but he is putting off signing and is expected to leave the Championship outfit this summer amid serious interest from top-flight clubs.
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Chelsea have already put themselves in good stead going into next season with two impressive new attacking options. The additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner should make Frank Lampard’s forward threat a lot more dangerous.
Signing Sankoh, especially on a free transfer, could be very smart business for the Blues. In six under-18 appearances, the Dutch youth international has scored three times and has been named on the bench on eight occasions for the reserve league, despite his young age (via Transfermarkt).
Sankoh seems to be perceived as advanced beyond his years and moving to a club with a strong academy focus like Chelsea could be hugely beneficial for his growth. The Blues have already nurtured young talents Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour and Reece James, so the Stoke forward could become Lampard’s newest project.
At 16, there’s plenty of time for Sankoh to be developed into a high-quality forward and he could follow a similar path to Abraham, who has been Lampard’s first choice number nine for the majority of this season.
However, bringing the Netherlands native to west London could spell the end of Abraham, who has already been forced to play second fiddle to Olivier Giroud in recent weeks.
With Werner also joining the ranks, there’s no question over where his position will be in the squad. The attack will very much revolve around the man who scored 34 goals in 45 appearances for RB Leipzig this season, with Giroud potentially being second choice.
Therefore, with Abraham already sliding further down the pecking order, the possible addition of a vastly improving Sankoh could further push the England international out of the picture.
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