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Chelsea Confirm The Capture Of This Leicester City Defender: Decent Fit For Tuchel?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Chelsea have recently confirmed on their official website that they have completed the capture of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana. It has been mentioned that the French centre-back has put pen to paper on a seven-year contract with the Blues.

Fofana’s Impressive Run Of Form In English Football

Fofana was out for a long time with a serious injury recently. However, the French talent caught the eye with his performances for Leicester in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign when he managed to put in a series of dominant defensive displays inside his half.

The 21-year-old was a rock at the back for the Foxes as he averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 3.7 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He was even tidy with his ball distribution after completing 89% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football last season (stats via whoscored).

Fofana will no doubt be a top player in his position someday. However, for that to happen, he needs to find a way to steer clear of injuries over the next few years so that he can develop into a world-class defender in the future.

Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel

Is Fofana A Decent Fit For Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel?

Fofana is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his tackles well to earn the ball back for his side on the defensive end of the field. He usually clears the danger when required and can use his strong 1.90m frame to dominate the opposition in the air.

As long as Fofana can steer clear of injuries, he is destined to have a bright future in European football. Hence, Chelsea have done well to get him on board during this summer transfer window as he will add even more quality to Thomas Tuchel‘s defence.

At 21, Fofana is still quite raw and would need time to develop into a top defender in England. Still, there is no denying that he has the potential to become a success story at Stamford Bridge.

Fofana’s defensive skillset and potential make him a good fit for the Blues. The French sensation will offer some healthy competition for Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Cesar Azpilicueta for a regular starting spot in the Premier League.

Thus, it makes sense for Tuchel to secure the services of the French defensive ace as he will give him more options in defence and could even help the West London club challenge for top honours.

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