Ola Aina could be the attacking right-back that Sarri wants
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.
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.
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.
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.