The summer transfer window saw a number of teams in the Premier League spend big money on their transfer targets but not many clubs have been able to benefit from their summer purchases so far this season. But Chelsea’s newbie Antonio Conte has spent his money wisely, or so it seems, with the likes of N Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and David Luiz, all cementing a place in the starting XI.
But it is clear that the Italian is not finished with his spending spree at the Bridge and is looking at possible options that can make them even stronger next time around. One such player who is being scouted by the Blues for a move next summer is Wolfsburg full-back, Ricardo Rodriguez. The Swiss international is expected to move this summer and Chelsea are desperate for him.
Here are three reasons why he could be the right man that Chelsea need next season:
At 24, the Swiss international is one of the most exciting players in his position and has a long career ahead of him. But he has already gathered some important experience from his time in Germany, having made 140 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg. He has 42 appearances for the national side and Conte will be attracted to this. He is a player who is ready to learn and at his age, has enough time to. So the Chelsea manager will hope that he can turn out to be a star player at the club in years to come with his time at the club starting at the end of the current season.
The transfer fees for players are only getting more and more ridiculous and at such a time, Chelsea will have to spend big on a quality player if they want to add to their starting XI next summer. But the 24-year old has a buy-out clause of just £19m, which is hardly an issue for the Blues. At that price, the left-back is nothing less than a steal which will offer Chelsea a chance to spend big elsewhere. The amount they save on signing a talent like Rodriguez at £19m can easily be used to get another star player to the squad, thus helping improve the squad.
Though not the tallest players around, the Swiss left-back is a towering presence in the air at both ends of the field and is solid with his defending. But he always finds enough time to get forward to help in the attack adding some width to his side. His breakthrough season saw him score 10 goals playing as a left-back and Conte will want him to have a similar impact at the Stamford Bridge. He is well suited to the wing-back system and having already learned the responsibility of a left-back, he can also improve on the attacking aspect of the game. Surely, Rodriguez is one player that can make Chelsea a stronger opponent.