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Opinion: Landing £16.2m-rated midfielder would give Chelsea the creative edge in title race

According to Goal, Chelsea are firmly in the lead in the race for Russian star Aleksandr Golovin. Obviously, given the Blues’ poor form last season, the club desperately needs to bring in some new players this summer, and the in-form Russian looks on course to be the first major acquisition. Given Chelsea’s struggles in midfield last season, the 22-year-old’s creativity could be just what the club needs ahead of next term.

The Breakdown

The prospect of landing Golovin, who is rated at £16.2m by Transfer Markt, has come somewhat out of nowhere for Chelsea, yet in reality, it makes total sense.

The Blues have really had a poor year in terms of midfield quality. Cesc Fabregas is past his best, Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled, Danny Drinkwater looks poor, and nobody really knows where Ross Barkley is. Naturally, then, signing someone like Golovin makes perfect sense.

What differentiates him from most, though, and what makes him such an attractive signing for the Blues, is his creativity.

He’s perhaps best known for his attacking flair, and much of that comes through the creative aspect of his game. Specifically, his passing and distribution are both second to none, and as a result, he’s often able to create magic out of very little. As such, given that Fabregas had previously been the focal point of this team, perhaps the Russian could take his spot.

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His creativity isn’t just coming in the form of passing, though. He’s also a brilliant dribbler, and he’s able to make magic with the ball at his feet when he’s dribbling too. He’s proven that in Russia with his country, displaying fantastic dribbling goalscoring prowess.

In truth, Golovin is just what Chelsea need. They lacked creativity last term, and perhaps someone like Alvaro Morata would be able to capitalise on his brilliant ability.

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