Opinion: Chelsea must avoid same mistake by reclaiming Serie A best dribbler
How many young players have been sold by Chelsea at a fairly low price (based on the current market) and then thrive somewhere else?
Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne have been among the world’s best players for Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Romelu Lukaku, Nathan Ake, Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Chalobah have been important parts of their respective clubs.
Chelsea must avoid making same mistake and seriously consider triggering the buy-back clause for Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga.
The 23-year-old has not been world-beater, but he has shown a glimpse of a great winger in Serie A.
Serie A’s best dribbler
Boga has scored eight goals and provided two assists from 23 appearances for Sassuolo. But what makes him special is his ability to glide past defenders with his pace and elusiveness.
He completed 4.4 dribbles per game. In fact, he is by far the best dribbler in the Italian top division this season.
He has completed a total of 106 dribbles in Serie A this season. That’s 30 more than the second-best Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli.
For reference, Neymar completed a total of 90 dribbles in Ligue 1 this season.
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Although Chelsea already have Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi who also like to take defenders head-on, Boga could provide an option for Frank Lampard for a reported buy-back fee of as low as £14 million (€15m) (Goal).
Having seen his former academy teammates storming into the senior squad, Boga has recently insinuated his wish to return to Stamford Bridge.
He told The Athletic: “When I was there, it was Willian, [Eden] Hazard, Pedro. When Jose Mourinho was there, it was [Mohamed] Salah.
“There were a lot of good wingers. For me, it has always been if I can’t play, then I will try to go on loan or try to go somewhere to improve, then maybe come back one day.”
Some may argue if Chelsea want to challenge at the top, then they should also go for top wingers. But for what Chelsea need to pay to bring Boga back, it’s worth a gamble.
In the worst-case scenario, Chelsea will have a decent squad player. While if the gamble pays off, he could be another Eden Hazard in the making.