Exactly what Conte needs: Chelsea handed fitness boost ahead of busy run of fixtures

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to seeing what defender Emerson Palmieri can do. The defender completed a move to Stamford Bridge from Roma last night, offering Antonio Conte another option on the left-hand side of the defence for the rest of the season.

His arrival, however, hasn’t been without criticism. One big critique that fans have had with him surrounds his fitness. He suffered a significant knee injury last year, and his involvement for Roma this season has been limited as a result. Indeed, he failed to make a single start in Serie A in the 2017/18 season.

However, those fears have now been put to bed, courtesy of the man himself. He has been speaking to the Chelsea website about his fitness, and it’s good news for the Blues.

He said: “Yes, physically I feel great. The injury is now in the past, they were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now I feel good.

“I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us to achieve more”, he added. 

Of course, the Brazilian will be required to be involved pretty much straight away for his new club, with Marcos Alonso in desperate need of a rest. Alonso has played pretty consistently for the last 18 months, and so news of a new back-up will be great for him – allowing him the occasional rest period when needed.

He won’t be quite at Antonio Conte’s high standards for a few weeks, but if needed, it appears as though the defender will be more than ready to step in.

Landlord’s Verdict

This is great news for Chelsea. They’ve had to wait for Ross Barkley to return to full fitness, and so the last thing they needed was another crocked signing.

Fortunately, they haven’t got that – and with so many games on the horizon over the coming weeks, he will no doubt be needed.

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