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RB Leipzig Attacker Set To Join Chelsea This Summer: What Waits For Him At Stamford Bridge?

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According to a report from Football.London, Chelsea will welcome Christopher Nkunku as the first transfer this summer after a pre-agreed move is confirmed on July 1. Since initial discussions took place during the summer and early part of the current season, an agreement has been established between the two parties, which has been in place since November.

Nkunku’s Impressive Run Of Form This Season

Nkunku has had a brilliant start to this season as he has put in some influential displays down the final third. He has managed to find the back of the net on nineteen occasions and created four assists over 32 appearances so far.

The France international has given a good account of himself, averaging 2.8 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. He has also been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 81.6% of his attempted passes in the German top flight (stats via whoscored).

Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig
Leipzig’s French midfielder Christopher Nkunku (C) and Freiburg’s German defender Christian Guenter (R) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 9, 2022. – DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by Ronny HARTMANN / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

What Waits For Nkunku At Pocettino’s Chelsea?

Nkunku continues to pose a significant attacking threat in the attacking third, showcasing his prowess in long-range strikes with power and precision and clinical finishes inside the penalty area. His exceptional speed and adept ball control enable him to manoeuvre past defenders and create valuable space for himself. Moreover, his proficient ball distribution skills allow him to efficiently distribute the ball and create scoring opportunities for his teammates in the vicinity of the goal.

Having already established himself as one of Europe’s premier attackers at 24, Nkunku possesses immense potential for further growth. While primarily operating as a centre-forward, his versatility enables him to adapt and contribute effectively in various positions within the final third. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to Chelsea’s formidable attacking department.

Nonetheless, he has observed from the sidelines as the Blues transitioned from Thomas Tuchel to Graham Potter and subsequently had an interim manager before ultimately appointing Pochettino. Furthermore, he has experienced extended spells on the sidelines due to injuries, hindering his ability to make a consistent impact as he had aspired to. As Nkunku prepares to join Pochettino’s squad at Stamford Bridge, he becomes not only the first new recruit but also a player who will require close management, considering the influx of attacking talent arriving at Cobham.

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