In the latest instalment of Profit Players, we take a look at Antonio Rudiger’s move to Chelsea, and how the Blues landed themselves a bargain for the German international.
The summer of 2017 was one to forget for Chelsea and their ex-boss Antonio Conte.
After missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United (BBC Sport), the west London club went on to sign Alvaro Morata, who has been an absolute disaster.
Yet somehow, the Spaniard was not Chelsea’s worst signing that summer, really putting things into perspective.
Step forth Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater (if he can be found anywhere!), who have also turned out to be awful acquisitions for the Blues.
It was not all doom and gloom for Chelsea that summer, though, with the Premier League outfit managing to capture Antonio Rudiger in the same window.
The 26-year-old, who joined from AS Roma in a £31.5m deal (Transfermarkt), was hands down the best signing Chelsea made going into the 2017/18 season and has since become a mainstay in defence under Maurizio Sarri.
Now valued at £40.5m (also per Transfermarkt), it can easily be said that Rudiger has been one of Chelsea’s much better additions in recent transfer windows.
Is the Germany international the perfect central defender? No. He is some way off Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte, the two standout centre-halves in the Premier League.
In the bracket below, however, Rudiger certainly deserves to be in the conversation.
He recovers well thanks to his pace, is a strong tackler and, although he does not always look like it, he is also comfortable on the ball.
If the former Roma man can eradicate a few deficiencies from his game, then he could truly go up another level and further show how good of a signing he has been for his side.