Chelsea can make use of their versatile players instead of signing another winger amid Willian’s likely exit after reported contract rejection.
The 31-year-old has reportedly turned down Chelsea’s recent offer as he demands a three-year contract instead of the two-year deal Chelsea reportedly tabled (the Guardian).
With Pedro and Willian on the verge of exit, the Blues will be left with Christian Pulisic, Callum-Hudson Odoi and recently signed Hakim Ziyech as their natural winger options.
This has led some fans to demand another winger signing, with the club reportedly among the clubs monitoring Brentford’s Said Benrahma (Goal).
Another attacking signing would only help the club, but given their defensive record this season, perhaps Chelsea should put more attention on potential defensive recruitments and use some of their versatile players at their disposal.
Potentially three versatile options who could play as winger
As seen from this season, Mason Mount has shown that he is capable of playing on both flanks, despite his original position as a centre midfielder, including in the past three games where he played as a left-winger and a right-winger in Frank Lampard’s 3-4-2-1 system.
Timo Werner who predominantly played on the left of the two forwards in RB Leipzig’s 4-4-2 could also play as a left-winger.
According to Whoscored, the Germany international played as on the left six times in Bundesliga this season, usually when Leipzig went for a 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1.
Another potential candidate for the winger role is Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz who is reportedly close to joining the Blues (Sky Sports).
Similar to Mount, Havertz originally plays in midfield (either a No.8 or a No.10) but his versatility has allowed him in several positions.
He mostly played as a No.10 for Leverkusen in Bundesliga this season (17 times), but was also deployed on the right flank eight times (Whoscored).
Three natural wingers in Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi and Ziyech and potentially three makeshift wingers in Mount, Werner and Havertz should be more than enough, and Chelsea could allocate their summer transfer budget where it could improve them the most defensively.