Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have started their march to the top of the table stitching an impressive run of results in the last 5 games of the domestic season. They have now won each of their last 5 games keeping 5 clean sheets and will be hoping to keep up the good work going into the festive season this campaign. The lack of European football will certainly help the squad stay ready for each game but Conte seems to be unhappy with the depth in the squad. The manager has been keeping an eye on a number of star players, especially from the Serie A, who he can add to his squad in the next few transfer windows and the latest name linked with a move to the Bridge is Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The French international is a versatile midfielder who can also play a number of roles if needed. The Italian giants were not ready to let him go before the start of the season but their mediocre start to the season might see Kondogbia leave the club in January. The 23-year old has also not been able to cement a place in the starting XI under Roberto Mancini or Frank de Boer and Chelsea will take an advantage of this situation and want to make a move for him in January.
At 23, Kondogbia is a top class player with loads of potential ahead of him. His passing and dribbling abilities are a dream for a defensive midfielder making him an effective midfielder while his concentration and tackling make him an exceptional defender. He is strong in the air and smart in his head and likes to keep the opponents honest throughout the game. He never backs away from a challenge and is a perfect fit for the Premier League. He also has the ability to pick inch-perfect passes from the back and this makes him an even bigger threat to his side.
At the Bridge, Conte has already spent big on N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and has the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and John Obil Mikel on his books in this position. Kante and Matic have been first choice this season at the club leaving no place for another midfielder but with Mikel and Fabregas both linked with an exit in January, Kondogbia might become a necessity in a few months time. He is the kind of a player that thrives on pressure and can help the Blues compete with the best for years to come.
Conte seems settled in the new formation at Chelsea and will use it for a long time and Kondogbia will sit straight into this system. His ability to stay focused and to read the game will allow Conte to use his system more effectively while his threat in the air will also add an extra dimension to their attack. At 23, the Inter Milan man is a bit reckless but will learn more the more he plays. With Conte in search for a star defensive players, Kondogbia might just fit the bill at the Bridge.
Do you think that French international is a good choice for Conte?