It’s a testament to Antonio Conte that Chelsea have come from nowhere to demolish the competition this season with a formation that hasn’t often been used in the Premier League, let alone used with great success.
And the bedrock of that system has been the three at the back.
Many felt that the signing of David Luiz was crazy especially at the price Chelsea paid. But he’s sat in front of the back two with great effect and the whole defence has looked solid and mobile.
But there is obvious room for improvement in that back line. Gary Cahill is reaching veteran status and Cesar Azpilicueta is a right back by trade.
One name to be linked to the Stamford Bridge outfit is Ben Gibson. The 24-year-old Middlesbrough defender has been a stand out performer in the Premier League this season and drawn admiring glances from many in the football world.
He’s quick, athletic and really good with the ball at his feet. He’s so far played ten times for the England U21s and scored once. But, if his form continues, it surely won’t be long before he gets a call up to the full England squad.
And British media outlet, The Sun, reported this week that Chelsea are keen:
The 24-year-old had been seen as a long-term replacement for John Terry who is likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.
Manchester City are also said to be keen which makes Gibson one of the hot properties in English football right now.
And with his composure, poise and leadership abilities, it’s easy to imagine him playing the big boys next season.
Let’s see him in action. Chelsea fans: can he replace John Terry?