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Chelsea Left-Back’s Future Remains Uncertain: Will He Make An Exit From Stamford Bridge?

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According to a report from Football.London, after his loan move to Manchester United fell apart, Marc Cucurella declined offers from Sevilla, RB Leipzig, and Real Sociedad. Initially targeted by Erik ten Hag for a signing, Cucurella’s appearance in the Carabao Cup second-round victory over AFC Wimbledon prompted Man United to shift their focus towards securing a loan deal with Sergio Reguilon.

Currently, Cucurella finds himself as the third-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge, with Ben Chilwell and Ian Maatsen ahead of him. This situation has left the 25-year-old in a state of uncertainty regarding his future.

Underwhelming First Season At Chelsea For Cucurella

In the summer of 2022, Marc Cucurella made a high-profile transfer to Chelsea from Brighton & Hove Albion for a record-breaking £56 million. The talented Spanish left-back was anticipated to play a pivotal role for the Blues, but his inaugural season has been a mixed experience.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JULY 26: Miguel Almirón #24 of Newcastle United presses the ball against Marc Cucurella #32 of Chelsea during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)

Cucurella kicked off the season impressively, delivering a string of noteworthy performances, particularly shining in the early stages of the campaign. However, his form experienced a decline during the middle part of the season. Although he managed to regain his confidence in the latter half, the Spanish left-back couldn’t cement his spot in the starting lineup.

He made a total of 33 appearances across all competitions and contributed for two goals. However, the full-back was solid in the defence as he averaged 2.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 1.5 clearances with a pass success rate of 86.4% in the English top flight (Stats via whoscored).

Will The Spanish Left-Back Make An Exit From Stamford Bridge In January?

Cucurella, a left-back renowned for his attacking abilities, excels in various facets of his game. He exhibits exceptional dribbling and passing skills, and his proficiency in delivering accurate crosses into the penalty area makes him a valuable asset.

In addition to his offensive prowess, Cucurella also boasts strong defensive qualities. He excels in tackling opponents and possesses a keen ability to read the flow of the game. At 25 years old, Cucurella remains a youthful talent with ample room for improvement, with his prime years still ahead of him. His potential to establish himself as a premier left-back makes him an enticing addition to any squad.

Notably, renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has indicated that Spanish left-back is exploring new club opportunities in the upcoming January transfer window. However, contrary to those speculations, Cucurella is still determined to compete for a spot in the starting XI, although it’s evident that Mauricio Pochettino currently favors Chilwell and Maatsen over the Spanish player.

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