Paul Merson thinks £30m player linked with Chelsea is 'super talented', but there's one problem

Paul Merson thinks reported Chelsea target Wesley Fofana is a great player, but has pointed to his injury record at Leicester City as a potential problem.

Fofana, 21, is an extremely talented youngster playing at Premier League rivals Leicester.

It’s been reported this month that the £30million defender is on Chelsea’s transfer radar ahead of the summer window. The Blues have set their sights on the French centre-back, albeit it’ll be a tall order convincing Leicester to sell him.

Merson is an admirer of ball-playing centre-half Fofana. However, he’s raised an issue over his injury record.

He’s made 45 appearances during his first two seasons as a Leicester player, missing a huge chunk of this current campaign after breaking his leg in pre-season. In addition. the youngster did have a thigh problem that kept him out for a month in his debut season. He did have knee issues at former club Saint-Etienne, too.

It seems a bit premature to label him injury prone so early into his career, especially as the broken leg was desperately unlucky. It would be something for Chelsea’s medical staff to look at closely if they step up interest in Fofana, though.

“I like Wesley Fofana too at Leicester. I think he’s super talented. But his injury record isn’t great and Chelsea can’t afford to be signing players who might break down,” Merson wrote.

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Rudiger replacement?

With Rudiger’s exit confirmed for the summer, Chelsea somehow need to find a way to replace him.

Fofana’s definitely got that bite and aggression to his game that mirrors Rudiger, albeit he’s still such a young player learning his craft.

It could be argued the Leicester man is already on par with him in terms of his ability with the ball at his feet, but there’s a long way to go to become such an authorative defender like Rudiger.

However, he’s definitely someone it’s easy to picture joining a Champions League club.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.