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Chelsea Are Likely To Land This Eredivisie Winger: What Will He Bring To Stamford Bridge?

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In a recent interview with talkSPORT, transfer insider Alex Crook claimed that Chelsea are likely to land PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke. Crook said,

“£26million is Chelsea’s opening gambit.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy the PSV manager has become accustomed to seeing his best players leave the club and has admitted he’s quite worried by Chelsea’s interest.

“I imagine this one probably will happen and once again it’s Chelsea being active in the market.”

Madueke’s Impressive Run Of Form In Dutch Football This Season

Madueke has put in a couple of impressive displays for PSV in the final third during this campaign. The 20-year-old has found the back of the net on two occasions but is yet to pick up an assist in eight appearances for the Dutch club this season across all competitions.

The London-born talent has caught the eye with his performances off the bench based on his average of 2.3 shots, 1.5 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 81.7% in the top tier of Dutch football (stats via whoscored).

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

What Will Madueke Bring To Chelsea?

Madueke is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few decent runs with the ball in the final third. He has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a decisive pass on the attacking end of the field. Madueke is primarily a right-winger but can also fill in as a centre-forward down the middle if his manager asks him to do so.

The PSV Eindhoven ace can score some important goals for his team when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. However, he is still quite inexperienced at the highest level and would need time to settle into life in Premier League football if Chelsea manage to get him on board during this winter transfer window.

We can expect Mandueke to bring more pace and firepower to Graham Potter‘s attacking department at Stamford Bridge. He could even go on to become a future star at the West London club.

At 20, Madueke will only get better with each season which makes him a decent, long-term option for the Blues to consider before the end of this transfer window. However, it remains to be seen whether he can cope with the physical side and high intensity of English football.

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