A decision on the futures of Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta at Chelsea have been put on hold until the arrival of the west London club’s next boss, that is according to The Telegraph.
The English outlet reports that both Alonso and Zappacosta are open to moves away from Stamford Bridge, but the Blues are waiting for the expected appointment of Frank Lampard and for technical and performance advisor Petr Cech to start work before sanctioning anything.
Alonso lost his place in Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI towards the end of last season, with the Italian giving Emerson the nod for the Europa League final. Meanwhile, Zappacosta made only one start in the Premier League, making his openness to a departure unsurprising.
And with Reece James now back in the squad, a departure is exactly what Lampard should allow to happen this summer. After all, the Independent reported back in May that those behind the scenes were considering giving him a long-term deal and including him in the first-team squad, so it’s clear James does have admirers in the camp.
When looking at their stats from the last season, James clearly had the better campaign, albeit it at a lower level.
For example, going forward, the 19-year-old simply delivered more. In the Championship, he made 1.6 key passes per game compared to Zappacosta’s 0.7 in the Europa League while he also averaged more dribbles at 1 to 0.7 (as per WhoScored).
Completing 1.6 crosses per game, James seems to be the more dangerous option out wide, too, with Zappacosta registering 0.8. Even linked with Manchester United by the Daily Mail in April, this does appear to be a talent on the rise.
Based on that, the Blues can perhaps afford to let Zappacosta go this summer as the Italy international looks to kickstart his career.
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