Reports have claimed that Chelsea staff have been left very impressed by the recent performances of Benoit Badiashile.
According to The Athletic, this is beginning to come into their thinking when considering signing Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig.
Badiashile joined the club as part of their monster January transfer window, where they attempted somewhat of a mid-season rebuild.
The Frenchman actually joined without too much fanfare. Many supporting the club will have pointed to the imminent return of Levi Colwill from loan at Brighton as a reason to not bring him in.
However, he has hit the ground running, originally forming a strong partnership at the back with Thiago Silva.
The Brazilian international is currently out for a number of weeks after an injury suffered against Tottenham, and now the rest of the defence have to step up and prove they can play without him.
Badiashile impressing Chelsea staff
This has been a success so far. A back three of Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly have recently impressed, notably in the Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.
With Badiashile unavailable for the competition based on rules regarding new signings being in the squad, he has been the victim of missing out on a few starting lineups as Graham Potter looked to find success in Europe.
However, this has not changed the opinion of those at the club regarding Badiashile’s time at Stamford Bridge. The Athletic have claimed that staff at the club have had nothing but good things to say regarding the 21-year-old.
It had been reported that the club have remained interested in Gvardiol, with them coming close to signing him last summer.
However, with the imminent return of Colwill and the promising futures of both Badiashile and Fofana, the club would perhaps be better spending the money that would be needed on a position they need to strengthen far more urgently.