It was a whirlwind summer transfer window for Chelsea, and after a very slow start, things did finally pick up. Retrospectively, the window can be looked back upon with some optimism – even if the Blues did leave things a little late. Heading into the new season, Maurizio Sarri can feel confident knowing that he’s got some of Europe’s best at his disposal.
Now, though, with the summer window officially shut, the Blues have little option but to utilise the players that are currently at Maurizio Sarris’s disposal in the first team.
Or do they?
Chelsea’s academy is full of talent, and whilst the window may be shut, that doesn’t prevent Chelsea from utilising the young players within their developmental ranks.
One area that is of concern to the Blues this season is the attack. Alvaro Morata’s mixed form has been well-documented, and so perhaps the club should keep tabs on one of their most talented youngsters in case extra firepower is needed.
Indeed, 17-year-old forward Daishawn Redan could be just the ticket.
Redan, who joined Chelsea back in 2017, is a natural finisher, with bags of technical ability and quality on the ball. Though his frame is slight, the Dutchman is comfortable as a lone forward and is brilliant at holding up play. Quick and agile, he’s a real handful for opposition defenders, especially with his natural eye for a goal.
He’s at his best when receiving through balls that allow him to make use of his brilliant pace and quality going forward, and that’s resulted in a pretty remarkable goalscoring record over the years.
According to Transfer Markt, he scored a whopping 29 goals in all competitions for club and country last season, and so that goes some way to highlighting his quality.
Undoubtedly, improving his build is the number one way that he can improve, but that’s the sort of thing that will come with time and, specifically, minutes on the field.
From Chelsea’s perspective, they don’t really have anyone else like him. Morata lacks the mobility, Giroud lacks the pace, and Batshuayi has lacked the goalscoring since moving to Stamford Bridge. Perhaps, then, Redan should get a chance this season – especially if the aforementioned trio fail to fire going forward.
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