Chelsea fans are very excited about the prospect of Aleksandr Golovin arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer. According to the Sun, the Blues are eager to tie him down to a contract at Chelsea, and it’s easy to see why.
He has bags of potential and class, and his future is undeniably very bright.
The addition of the young Russian star to the Blues’ squad wouldn’t be good news for everyone though.
Breaking into the first team at Stamford Bridge from the youth ranks is already notoriously difficult, as the small army of talented young payers the club currently have out on loan across Europe can attest to.
In Golovin, Chelsea would be bringing one of football’s brightest young talents in, but they may have to accept losing a couple themselves as a consequence.
Here are two players that may be forced to leave the club if Golovin joins Chelsea this summer…
19-year-old Englishman Mason Mount spent the 2017/18 season on loan with Vitesse in the Eredivisie.
Whilst it took him a while to establish himself as a starter in the Netherlands, Mount’s season can only be seen as a success (he won the club’s Player of the Year award). There was even some, admittedly mild, clamouring for him to be included in an England squad for a friendly.
Mount should now be raring to return to Stamford Bridge to stake his claim for a spot in the first team. The potentially imminent arrival of Golovin though could see the English youngster looking elsewhere once more for playing time, on a permanent deal.
The Bundesliga, which has recently taken to nurturing young British talent by providing more first team action than the Premier League can promise, could be attractive to Mount.
Like Mason Mount – and countless others – Charly Musonda spent last season on loan from Chelsea.
The 21-year-old spent 2017/18 with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic but struggled for game time.
He is certainly a talented attacking midfielder, but may now consider making his name in the Chelsea first team, with yet another obstacle in the form of Golovin in his way, a bridge too far.
It will be an interesting few weeks for him, that’s for sure.