Chelsea concluded the loan signing of Denis Zakaria from Juventus on deadline working day, and Thomas Tuchel has discovered what position he’ll have in the Blues set-up this season.
Tuchel’s aspect have been in the market for a midfielder in the remaining times of the window and target the Eredivisie duo of PSV’s Ibrahim Sangare and Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.
Neither move materialized, in spite of Alavarez saying he preferred to depart the club, and that compelled Chelsea to make a go for Zakaria, who they bought on a momentary foundation.
There have been some comparisons to Chelsea’s loan shift for Saul Niguez from final summertime, but Tuchel has rubbished some of these claim, indicating in which Zakaria will be deployed.
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The German claimed: “There’s constantly a risk in everything and in each and every final minute deal. This was an alternative that came in incredibly late. It was connected perhaps not to the numbers that we need to have in midfield but basically have in midfield.”
“He can play in a back again three. He played for Monchengladbach in a back again 4 as a central defender even, he can participate in in a back again a few as a defender. He can perform both of those positions in midfield.
Tuchel also praised Zakaria’s physicality and added it was an attribute Chelsea wanted, as their injury problems could induce them difficulties.
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The Champions League winner also incredibly instructed Zakaria’s characteristics could outcome in him taking part in as a wing-back again at some point later on in the season.
“This was perhaps a very last moment or previous days choice. That was type of on top of what was wanted. He presents us in my opinion a whole lot of choices due to the fact he has a great deal of pace, height and physicality to deliver to this team.
“He can participate in at even wing-back again simply because he is quickly sufficient and has the volume so I think offering the risks that you stated with Saul, he has a little bit more positions to play in and a little bit much more of a bodily profile with any luck ,.”
Chelsea have only loaned Zakaria for this season but have the possibility to make the move long-lasting at the conclude of the loan period up coming summer season.