If Chelsea supporters weren’t excited enough about the potential arrival of Jules Kounde, then his statistics from last season should really get the blood pumping.
Fabrizio Romano caused something of a social media meltdown yesterday, after he reported the Blues were in conversation with Sevilla over Kounde’s hypothetical transfer.
This imaginary move may well become reality, as the young prodigy is open to the idea of joining the Champions League holders.
Now the two clubs need to reach a financial agreement that satisfies both parties.
Stats on show
Whilst this deal continues to rumble on, why not feast your eyes on several impressive stats that Kounde conjured up in 2020/21.
WhoScored.com provided the lowdown on the 22-year-old’s standout campaign, one that makes for fine reading if you’re a fan of numbers and figures.
According to the site, Sevilla’s starlet attempted more passes (2351) than any centre-half in the division.
He also completed a higher number of accurate short passes (2024) than anyone in the same position.
Chelsea started to build a more possession-based approach following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, so Kounde’s ability on the ball would certainly be beneficial.
Not only in his own third, but in the offensive phase as well.
WhoScored.com have the Frenchman down for managing ten key passes, the most of any central defender last year.
Need someone to work their way out of a tight space after being heavily pressurised?
No problem, Kounde has you covered.
30 times he successfully dribbled past an opponent, five more than the next centre-back on the list.
His threat in the penalty area cannot be understated either.
Only one central defender had more shots inside the 18-yard-box than Sevilla’s sought after youngster (18 in total).
This little lowdown should keep you Chelsea fanatics happy for now.