Chelsea have been linked with a highly talented young playmaker in the latest news cycle.
British media outlet, The Daily Mail, reports:
Chelsea are eyeing 20-year-old Russian attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin to supplement their title-winning squad.
The 20-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder made his breakthrough for the Russian club in 2015. From there on he has been a mainstay of the first XI and seldom relinquished his place in the team when fit.
He’s played 32 games and scored three goals for his club this season and he looks strong enough to play in the Premier League. At 5ft 11in Golovin isn’t the biggest man but he looks capable of shrugging off a heavy challenge and has a resilience about his game.
He’s good on both feet and looks really comfortable for one so young. He wouldn’t be expected to go straight into the Chelsea team but would be more of a wildcard who could develop over the years become a really important cog in the machine. He never stops moving, threads the play together beautifully and loves to have a crack at goal.
The player himself and may be wondering, as we are, where exactly he might fit into the side. In the 3-4-3 formation Antonio Conte hasn’t really been using an attacking midfielder as such as he usually plays Kante and Matic across the middle with lots of pace on the wings.
But let’s take a look at the player in action. Chelsea fans – is he the sort of player who can improve the first XI or would he merely be seen as a squad member next season?