Maurizio Sarri’s signings this summer have been chosen to fit his style of play.
His fast pace possession game needs a dominant midfield-three who are capable of quickly feeding the forwards.
In time Sarri was able to mould his perfect midfield at Napoli, which was able to dominate games almost single-handily.
The midfield – comprised of Allan, new Chelsea recruit Jorginho and Marek Hamsik – had the technical ability, energy and defensive bite needed.
And with Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho arriving at Stamford Bridge, we have a look at how the two midfields compare.
The playmaker – Jorginho vs err… Jorginho
How do you compare the same player?
In Serie A, Jorginho ability on the ball was what earned him so many plaudits, a skill he will seek to utilise for Chelsea.
But, to succeed in the Premier League, Jorginho’s physical capabilities will be tested by a higher paced game.
The tough-tackler – Kanté vs Allan
Although most midfielders are capable defensively, both Kanté and Allan are masters in this department.
The Frenchman clearly has the edge in ability over Allan but could do worse things than studying him under Sarri.
While not a household name, Allan provided legs and steel to Napoli – a role Kanté will have to fill for Chelsea to succeed.
The goalscorer – Kovacic vs Hamsik
Although not a fair comparison when you look at the numbers, Kovacic will fill a similar role to Hamsik.
The Slovakian scored 30 goals in the three seasons under Sarri and provided the link between the midfield and attackers.
Despite never being a true goal-scorer, Kovacic has the technical skills to become Sarri’s Hamsik at Chelsea.