Can Chelsea afford to let Emerson go?
Many Chelsea fans will tell you that the club has never filled the void left when Ashley Cole left the club in 2014. Left-back has been a problematic position for the club, and it is difficult to say who is the first choice. With Juventus monitoring his situation, can Chelsea afford to let Emerson go?
Italian news outlet Calciomercato are reporting that Juventus are seriously interested in the full-back and exploring the possibility of signing him.
Chelsea has had three different players feature at left-back this season, with none of them holding down a regular spot in the side. Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson have all played several games at left-back, but Lampard seems unsure of who his starting man is.
The first of those names, Alonso, seems to be on his last legs. After coming under major criticism in the draw with Ajax, he has struggled to make the matchday squad. This initially left Emerson as Lampard’s only left-back option.
That was until Reece James. The 19-year-old is putting in some sublime performances and forcing his way into the starting line-up. This has left Azpilicueta out of the starting team, or over to the left-back spot.
If Chelsea were to let Emerson go, they would be without a natural left-back in the first-team squad. Although Azpilicueta can do a job there, it is not his favored position.
Another name worth mentioning is Ian Maatsen. Although the 17-year-old is a huge prospect, he is unlikely to be ready for first-team action just yet.
Letting Emerson go would be a huge risk for the Blues. The only way it would make sense is if the club were to bring in an established left-back before allowing the Italian to join Juventus.