5 replacements for Gary Cahill at Chelsea
Chelsea have had a difficult 2017/18 season with no fixed starting XI with constant shuffling and changing in the squad. There has been consistent rotation in defence with only Cesar Azpilicueta having cemented his spot in the three-man defence.
Andreas Christensen has also been guaranteed his place at the back despite his recent injuries of late. But the left side of the three-man defence has been up for grabs with switching of places between Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu.
Cahill has been one of the weak links in the Chelsea defence. His lack of pace has been exposed, he has been out of position and has given the ball away to the opposition. And he came under severe scrutiny after Bournemouth targeted and pressurized him in their 3-0 triumph at Stamford Bridge.
Here are 5 options that Chelsea must consider if they are to fix the leak at the back.
#5 Samuel Umtiti
Since the time he broke into the first team at Lyon, Samuel Umtiti has been nothing short of special. And he has now capitalised on his opportunity of showcasing his talent on a grander platform with Barcelona.
However, his contract with Barcelona is only until 2021 with a rather low release clause of £53 million. He will be the best option for the left centre-back position with his ball playing skills and a natural left foot.
With the release clause that he has in his contract, it will be a steal for one of the best young centre-backs in world football. Umtiti also possesses versatility as he can shift into the role of a left-back as well.
He is an excellent passer of the ball too and has a good sense of anticipation and marking in his game. With Zouma returning next season, his partnership with his fellow countryman could prove to be vital for Chelsea.