Towards finding Chelsea’s big centre back purchase next summer

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Looking at this Chelsea team, there’s one obvious weakness – centre back.

In all other positions we’ve got either some talented youth or some quality experience, or both. At centre back we have a crop of younger players, and it doesn’t look certain that any of them will be up to the task of being a really top player in the long term.

We do have decent options however, in Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen. If we wanted to improve on that crop we will have to find someone who really has the potential to be a top player in the long term.

Looking on WhoScored, we can sort exclusively centre backs into the top ten best performers of this season so far. Then exclude anyone who has played fewer than 3 games.

We’re left with an interesting lineup. Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk and Thiago Silva are all at top clubs and aren’t realistic targets for a move. Willy Boly, Joshua Guilavogui and Ermin Bicakcic are all 28 or older and so probably won’t be considered by our transfer team.

That leave three players – Caglar Soyuncu at Leicester, Tyrone Mings at Aston Villa, and Rodrigo Ely at Alaves in Spain. If any of them can keep up this form for the rest of the season, we can see Chelsea going in with a bang to try and secure their services. Soyuncu and Mings in particular will have the chance this season to show consistent good form in the Premier League, and maybe secure a move to Stamford Bridge once our transfer floodgates open next summer.

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