Ola Aina has been at Chelsea since he was 11 years old, but has seen his first-team opportunities limited.

He has played in just three Premier League matches despite being involved with the first-team since 2015.

To get game time, he went on loan to Hull City last season and played 46 times in a season when relegation was a constant threat.

But despite the adverse conditions, Aina’s qualities shone through and has become a valued member of the Nigeria national team.

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Upon his return to Stamford Bridge, hopes were high that he may have a part to play under Maurizio Sarri.

But he once again found himself surplus to requirements and as a result, left on loan to Torino.

Whilst this may seem like a bad sign for his Chelsea future, his move to Turin could prove vital for his involvement in Sarri’s squad next season.

Cesar Azpilicueta has had a difficult start to the season under Sarri, looking consistently uncomfortable with the ball.

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And with Davide Zappacosta looking on the way out, there is uncertainty at the right-back position.

Playing in Italy will help Aina develop as a man and as a footballer, as we’ve seen Jadon Sancho do at Borussia Dortmund.

And by playing in Sarri’s native country, Aina is learning Sarri’s mentality whilst also learning new playing styles.

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Sarri likes to have attacking full-backs, and Aina is developing in a country where width is provided by wing-backs.

If Chelsea’s right-back struggles continue this season, considering Aina is a viable option for Sarri.

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