Chelsea have a decent record of tracking down the top tacklers in the land.

Every team requires a player who doesn’t mind getting stuck in, and the Blues are certainly no different.

From the days of Dennis Wise, through to the cover blanket provided by Claude Makelele, and into the modern era of N’Golo Kante’s dominance, Stamford Bridge is no stranger to a midfield disrupter.

Before too long, Graham Potter might have another enforcer added to his ranks.

Chelsea chase after Enzo Fernandez

A transfer for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez is reportedly hotting up, with the World Cup winner himself seemingly ready to join the London-based Premier League side.

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Todd Boehly has apparently identified Fernandez as a primary target for his midfield revamp.

Based on what fans were treated to in the past month or so, it’s no surprise why.

Fernandez was a crucial cog to Argentina’s ultimate triumph at the World Cup in Qatar.

He played in all seven fixtures, starting the last five after coming off the bench in the opening two group games.

Talented tackler

The 21-year-old was eventually named the young player of the tournament, an award previously claimed by the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Michael Owen and the late, great Pele.

Argentina’s young champion earned the accolade through top performances and tough tackling.

According to, Benfica’s sparkling star was one of only three individuals at the competition to make more than 20 tackles.

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Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi led the way with 26, closely followed by Chelsea’s own Mateo Kovacic on 24.

Just missing out on the silver medal was Fernandez, who tackled opponents on 22 occasions.

Potter is now staring at the very real possibility of possessing two of Qatar’s most accurate challengers in Kovacic and Fernandez.

Add to that the threat of Kante, and rivals might never be able to keep possession when the Blues are in town.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."