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Chelsea Are Keeping Tabs On This Ligue 1 Full-Back: Should Tuchel Move In For Him?

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In a recent tweet, Telefoot revealed that Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lens full-back Jonathan Clauss. It is believed that the Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel is a big admirer of the French defender and could launch a move for him in the future.

Clauss’ Impressive Form In French Football

Clauss has caught the eye by producing a run of consistent performances on the right side of Lens’ defence. The 29-year-old has scored five goals and secured 11 assists in 40 appearances for the French club this season in various competitions.

The Strasbourg-born sensation has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.7 tackles, 2.0 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.1 shots, 2.0 key passes, 2.1 crosses and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1.

However, he has been a bit untidy when distributing the ball from the right flank after completing 73.3% of his attempted passes in the French first division (stats via whoscored ).

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French defender Jonathan Clauss (C) fights for the ball during the friendly football match between France and South Africa at Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, near Lille, northern France, on March 29, 2022. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Move In For Clauss This Summer?

Clauss can defend his penalty area with conviction and is a solid tackler of the ball. He can sense the danger quickly and make some crucial interceptions for his team on the defensive third of the pitch. Clauss is primarily a right-back who is versatile enough to function as a right-wing-back or as a right-winger if needed.

The French talent is a good crosser of the ball as well and can create a few decent chances for his teammates to score. He can even chip in by netting the odd goal in the final third.

Clauss ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Thomas Tuchel demands from his full-backs and wing-backs. Thus, he will be a decent signing for the Blues to pursue ahead of the new campaign.

The Lens star could serve as a decent replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta and is good enough to give Reece James a run for his money in the race to secure a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge in the coming seasons. Hence, the West London club should prioritize moving in for Clauss during this summer transfer window.

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