Tactical discussions in the Transfer Tavern this season have almost exclusively centred around the 3-4-3 formation taking the Premier League by storm.
Antonio Conte utilised the system after a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September and Chelsea haven’t looked back since, now sitting ten points clear at the top of the Premier League table with just a handful of games remaining.
But if there’s one long-term concern about the formation, it’s whether the Blues have the right personnel – particularly in the wing-back positions. Right-sided Victor Moses isn’t a natural wing-back anyway, whilst his left counterpart Marcos Alonso lacks an obvious understudy.
According to Goal, the Blues are lining up Hoffenheim’s Jeremy Toljan, who they scouted as Germany U21s took on England and Portugal during the international break. He’d be perfect for Conte’s system as he can operate in defence and midfield on either flank.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old, who has made 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, is yet to renew his contract beyond the end of next season, so he could be available in a cut-price deal as he is reportedly unlikely to sign fresh terms.
Chelsea patrons in the Tavern are intrigued by the idea of their club snapping up the prodigious German at a discounted rate, but Goal claim he’s also being monitored by Napoli.
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