‘Flatters to deceive’: Joe Cole not impressed by £175k-a-week player linked with Chelsea after watching him

Joe Cole was not very impressed last night after watching Juventus player Adrien Rabiot, who’s someone that has received transfer links to Chelsea this month. 

Italians Juventus suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday night on their trip to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stages. 

Chelsea got to see first-hand a reported transfer target.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are reportedly interested in Juventus midfielder Raboit as a possible target in the January window. It’s been claimed this November that they are keen on the 26-year-old, along with Premier League rivals Newcastle United. 

£175,000-a-week man Rabiot completed 90 minutes during Juventus’s hammering at Chelsea, struggling to contend with opposition player Reece James.

He’s a versatile Frenchman that can play anywhere across the midfield and started on the left wing last night. 

BT Sport pundit and ex-Chelsea player Cole was critical of Rabiot after his performance against English opposition.

“That man Rabiot comes with a big reputation, he plays for France. He flatters to deceive so much,” Cole told BT Sport 2 (10:15pm, 23 November).

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Rabiot not good enough to break Chelsea XI

In fairness, Juventus struggled all over the park last night in a game where Chelsea steamrolled them. 

Rabiot, who’s a talented left-footed midfielder, didn’t stand much of a chance physically against James. 

The ex-Paris Saint-Germain star undoubtedly has a lot of talent, but whether he’s got the attributes to succeed in the Premier League is another conversation. 

If Chelsea are looking for someone to really bolster their midfield ranks, Rabiot doesn’t appear to be the answer. 

However, convincing any player to join such a competitive squad at the Bridge may prove tough further down the line.

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