Aston Villa have recently confirmed on their official website that they have agreed to sell Carney Chukwuemeka to Chelsea this summer. It has been revealed that the Villans have given the English midfielder permission to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the West London club.
Chukwuemeka’s Impressive Rise At Villa Park
Chukwuemeka came through the youth ranks of Aston Villa before breaking into Steven Gerrard’s first team last season. The talented teenager played in 18 matches for the West Midlands club in the previous campaign, picking up one assist in the process across multiple competitions.
The 18-year-old often found himself on Gerrard’s bench which could be why he averaged 0.6 tackles and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He was at least accurate when distributing the ball from midfield after making 81.7% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).
Aston Villa Agree To Sell Chukwuemeka To Chelsea: Good Move For Everyone Involved?
Chukwuemeka can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He is a powerful runner with the ball and can set up some inviting chances for others around him in the opposition half. Chukwuemeka mainly operates as a box-to-box midfielder but can even play in the number ten position as an attacking midfielder if his manager asks him to do so.
However, the English youngster needs to add some goals to his game if he wants to become a regular feature in top-flight football. At 18, the future is quite bright for him as long as he continues to take strides towards improving himself with each season.
Chukwuemeka was in the final year of his contract at Villa Park. Hence, it is no surprise that the Villans have decided to cash in on him as they couldn’t risk losing him as a free agent next summer.
Chukwuemeka’s departure should also boost Steven Gerrard‘s transfer kitty for some incoming transfers in the future. Hence, the West Midlands club’s decision to part ways with the English whizkid will be a good move for everyone involved as they look to move on in search of greener pastures.