Chelsea Transfers: 5 right-back upgrades Chelsea might target in the summer
One of the best moves in Chelsea's title-winning run in the 2016/2017 season was the deployment of Victor Moses as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation by manager Antonio Conte.
This formation allowed the Italian manager to make adequate use of Moses' pace and strengths to stretch opponents down the right flank while being able to do his defensive work away from the 18 yard-box (as he is not a specialist right back).
The 27-year-old's stats of 3 goals and 2 assists that season do not tell the full story as he had a tackling accuracy of 81% and was brilliant both defensively and offensively.
Last summer, the Blues signed Italian wing-back Davide Zappacosta from Serie A side Torino for £23m to add options for what was supposed to be an assault on both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
The Italian has been average since he joined, while Moses has also been poor so for the Blues to get back their mojo next season, one of Moses or Zappacosta would have to leave while a better player is brought in.
Here are 5 talented right full-backs/wing-backs the Blues might target this summer:
#5 Elseid Hysaj (Napoli)
The 24-year-old Hysaj has been one of Napoli's standout performers ever since he followed manager Maurizio Sarri to the San Paolo from Empoli in 2015.
He is an attacking full-back who is comfortable being deployed on either flank but, has mostly played as a traditional right-back for the Partenopei in a 4-3-3- system.
His pace and agility have allowed him to play a central role for a dynamic Napoli side in both offensive and defensive positions.
Constantly roving down the flank and offering width especially when one of the inside forwards, usually Jose Callejon cuts inside, he is a skilled dribbler who is very capable of providing measured crosses for attackers.
Although like most modern fullbacks, he enjoys galloping forward, Hysaj is a player who remains diligent in his defensive duties, showing the awareness needed to know when to track back and defend as well as the opportune moment for bombing forward to join the attack.
He would be a significant upgrade to either of Moses or Zappacosta given his better understanding of defending coupled with his age and zest. His stats for the season have been okay but with a buyout clause of €50m, he will not come cheap.