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Chelsea Cool Their Interest In This Brighton Midfielder: Are The Blues Making The Right Call?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Football.London stated that Chelsea have cooled their interest in Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister. It is understood that the Blues have allowed Liverpool to go clear in the race to sign the Argentina international.

Mac Allister’s Impressive Form In English Football

Mac Allister is having an outstanding season at the American Express Community Stadium as he has put in a run of influential performances for Brighton at the centre of the park. The 24-year-old has scored 12 times and picked up a couple of assists in 35 matches for the Seagulls during this campaign across various competitions.

The Argentine sensation has been a joy to watch in both halves based on his average of 2.1 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 2.7 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 87.6% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Mac Allister’s current contract at the Amex is set to expire in the summer of 2025. Thus, it won’t have been easy for the Blues to land him on the cheap in this off-season.

Alexis Mac Allister
Brighton’s Argentinian midfielder Alexis Mac Allister falls during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 8, 2023. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Are Chelsea Making The Right Call With Regards To Mac Allister?

Mac Allister is a good tackler of the ball and can earn the ball back for his team inside his half. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when required and can also create some decent plays for his teammates in the opponent’s half. The Argentine sensation can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range and is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet.

Mac Allister would have definitely enhanced the quality of Chelsea‘s squad considerably this summer. However, the Blues need to let some of their players go first before thinking about making other incoming acquisitions.

Hence, Chelsea seems to be making the right call with regard to Mac Allister ahead of the summer transfer window.

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