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Chelsea Among Clubs Hoping To Land This La Liga Defender: What Will He Add To Potter’s Side?

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In a recent report, La Razon stated that Chelsea are among clubs hoping to land Villarreal defender Pau Torres next summer. It is believed that the Blues could face competition in the form of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign the Spanish sensation at the end of this season.

Torres’ Impressive Numbers At Estadio de la Cerámica

Torres is having another solid campaign with the Yellow Submarine as he has put in some dominant performances for them on the defensive third of the field. The 25-year-old has made eight appearances for Villarreal this season in all competitions.

The 20-time Spain international has been a rock at the back based on his average of 0.5 tackles, 4.0 clearances and 0.7 key passes per game in La Liga. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with his teammates, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 85.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Torres will only have a year remaining in his Villarreal next summer which could be why so many top clubs including Chelsea are showing interest in landing him.

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

What Will Torres Add To Chelsea Head Coach Graham Potter’s Side?

Torres can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition. Standing at 1.91m, he can use his powerful frame to win his fair share of aerial duels at both ends of the field. The Spaniard is a good passer of the ball and can set up the odd goal-scoring chance in the final third.

A ball-playing centre-back like Torres would be a good fit for Graham Potter’s style of play at Stamford Bridge as the Chelsea manager usually prefers his players to play the ball out from the back.

We can expect Torres to add more bite and steel to the West London club‘s backline and increase competition for places within their match-day squad. He could also serve as a perfect, long-term successor to Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge. At 25, Torres has still got a lot of room to grow as a centre-half. Hence, a good man-manager like Potter could get the best out of him in the coming seasons.

Thus, the Blues should consider going all out to acquire the services of the Spanish defensive ace during the next summer transfer window as he is good enough to help them get back to challenge for major trophies at the highest level.

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