The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited at reports linking the Blues with a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
Though a bit of an unknown quantity in England, you’d expect that Chelsea would only be signing him if he were an upgrade on the Blues’ current crop of defenders – and so it’s interesting to consider just how the Blues could fit in.
It would be a surprise to see Chelsea stick with the five-man defence that they’ve opted for over the last two years, given their poor form last season, and so perhaps his arrival could align with a change in formation at Stamford Bridge.
Either way, how exactly would he fit in at the club?
Is this potential new-look Chelsea defence would be unstoppable in the 18/19 season?
Left Back – Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso is underrated amongst Chelsea fans, and it’s hard to see why.
The Spaniard is a tremendous threat down the flanks, whilst he’s also very effective from set pieces.
Naturally, though, he’s also a very solid defender, and he’d be as at home in a back-four as he is in a back-five.
Central Defender – Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen didn’t have an easy start to life back in England, but the Dane clearly has bags of potential.
He’s brilliant with the ball at his feet, and he’s sure to develop over the course of the coming year.
Chelsea must persist with him, as they’ve got a real star on their hands.
Central Defender – Daniele Rugani
Daniele Rugani is up there with Europe’ss most exciting young defenders.
Like Christensen, his potential is limitless, and like Christensen again, he’s already proven that he’s good enough to start for Europe’s best teams.
Fantastic defensively and offensively, he’d be right at home in the Premier League, and particularly in this airtight defence.
Right Back – Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta has played in so many positions during his time at Chelsea, but he was always well suited to a spot on the right-hand side of the defence.
The Spaniard is up there with the best defenders in Europe, and he’s certainly one of the Premier League’s best.
He may need some time to adjust to being on the right again, but he was a star for the Blues last season, and that’s unlikely to change regardless of where he plays.