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Chelsea In Contention To Sign Bayern Munich Forward: Just What Tuchel Needs?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Mirror, Chelsea are among clubs interested in Kingsley Coman. The Bayern Munich forward has recently been tipped to leave the club on a free transfer by Christian Nerlinger, a former professional. It has put Chelsea on red alert, although they are set to face stiff competition from league rivals Liverpool, in the pursuit of Coman.

Kingsley Coman’s Unfortunate Yet Successful Spell At Bayern

Since joining the club in 2015, Kingsley Coman’s spell at Bayern Munich has been largely marred by a plethora of unfortunate injuries that have haunted his career. In six years, the winger has had to endure over 30 different spells on the sidelines through injuries or fitness issues, most recently a heart condition.

Coman has indeed missed a total of almost 100 competitive games for Bayern Munich, but he has had a very successful time when fully fit. In fact, the Frenchman has appeared in a total of over 200 competitive matches for the Bavarians, scoring 41 goals while supplying 50 more.

A left-winger by trade, the former Juventus prodigy has impressed the onlookers with his ability to cause chaos out wide using his pace and trickery. The 25-year-old is also an excellent crosser of the ball while his technical prowess makes him one of the best wingers in the Bundesliga.

Coman’s future at Bayern, though, appears to be in doubt. It remains uncertain how the winger is going to fit into Julian Nagelsmann’s system that yields width from the fullbacks rather than wingers. Moreover, the recent emergence of Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane’s return to form could see him falling behind in the pecking order, which opens the door for a move away from Bayern.

Chelsea are among clubs interested in Kingsley Coman - He has a poor injury record.
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A Wise Option For Chelsea?

Chelsea‘s pursuit of Kingsley Coman is a bit surprising considering they already have a plethora of talented chance creators like Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Calum Hudson-Odoi.

However, it appears both Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi face an uncertain future at the club while Werner, too, could be offloaded next summer following his struggles in front of goal. It might pave the way for Coman to potentially become a key asset for the Chelsea attack.

But there is a significant amount of risk involved when singing the FC Bayern winger. His poor injury record, for one, makes him nothing less than a gamble, especially in a more physical league in England. Moreover, Thomas Tuchel’s game mostly asks his men to attack centrally rather than out wide, with width often being provided by the fullback rather than the wingers.

It might not bode well for a traditional winger like Coman, which, given his injury issues, might not make him a prudent option for Blues next season.

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