'Can't defend': TalkSPORT pundit rips into 28-year-old who reportedly wants to join Chelsea

Trevor Sinclair has ripped into the defensive qualities of Everton full-back Lucas Digne amid transfer speculation with Chelsea this month.

Digne, 28, has lost his starting position in the Everton XI lately after a fallout with manager Rafael Benitez.

The French defender is being heavily linked with an exit during the January transfer window, with Chelsea mentioned as a possible destination.

Fabrizio Romano reports Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently stalling over a move for Digne after showing interest in him for a while.

In addition, 90min reports that Digne would prefer a transfer to Stamford Bridge in January over a move to any other side. Leicester CIty, Newcastle United and West Ham are the Premier League rivals mentioned as possible suitors.


TalkSPORT pundit Sinclair has given a harsh assessment on the Everton left-back’s defensive attributes:

“Can’t defend. If you want to play him (Digne) full-back it’s a no-no because I’ve seen players in the cup competitions from lower divisions absolutely give him a horrendous time. He can’t defend one-on-one situations. He’s quick. I think he’s got a lot of quality going forward. He’s almost like the opposite to [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.

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Digne would suit Chelsea

Yes, Digne’s may not be an expert defensively. Sinclair’s comments on him about being poor with his back to goal seem way over the top, though.

His game is largely around attacking quality from wide areas, which is why he’s screaming out to play in Thomas Tuchel’s system at Chelsea.

The France international would immediately provide great competition for Marcos Alonso at left wing-back, while Ben Chilwell sits out injured for the rest of the season.

Digne’s game is tailor-made to suit a wing-back position for a Chelsea team that usually dominate the ball.

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