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Update On The Future Of This On-Loan Chelsea Full-Back: Should Tuchel Cash In On Him?

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In a recent report, Citta Celeste offered an update on the future of on-loan Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri. It is believed that the Blues talent, who is currently playing on loan at Olympique Lyonnais, is on the radar of Lazio ahead of the summer transfer window.

Emerson’s Impressive Loan Spell At The Groupama Stadium

Emerson is having a decent campaign in French football as he has been a regular feature on the left side of Lyon’s backline. The Italy international has registered one goal and two assists in 28 matches for the French club this season on all fronts.

The 27-year-old has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.3 clearances, 0.6 shots, 1.1 key passes, 0.8 crosses and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 86.8% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Lyon’s Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri (R) fights for the ball with Rennes’ French defender Adrien Truffert (L) during the French L1 football match between Lyon and Rennes at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on March 13, 2022. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Cash In On Emerson This Summer?

Emerson has established himself as a solid presence on the defensive end of the field as he can time his tackles well to earn possession back inside his half. He usually clears the danger when needed and can make some clever runs with the ball down the left wing.

The 26-time Italy international is a decent playmaker in the final third and can deliver a few inviting crosses into the opponent’s penalty box. Emerson is primarily a left-back but can also play as a left-sided wide player or as an attacking midfielder down the middle if required.

The Santos-born sensation is a tidy passer of the ball as well. However, Thomas Tuchel have currently got Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell in his squad at Stamford Bridge. Thus, the Chelsea head coach has no need to retain Emerson’s services beyond this season.

At 27, Emerson is currently playing at his prime, so it is only fair to the player if the Blues allow him to leave permanently at the end of this campaign. With all things considered, the West London outfit should think about cashing in on the Italian left-back during the summer transfer period.

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