Because after Chelsea bought Kalidou Koulibaly (31) from Napoli earlier this summer, many fans, including supporters of London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, will announce that in Coulibaly, Chelsea got a copy of Harry Maguire’s Serie A.
As you know, the Manchester United captain received a lot of criticism for his poor performance in the previous season.
But this comparison, Wieland believes, is completely insane.
– It’s just nonsense. For every suspicious post that Coulibaly made, he has 19 awesome posts. It’s very good, he says Viaplays Premier League Podcast.
Wieland explains to Dagbladet:
There are rival fans trying to spread some uncertainty, which is a fairly common mechanism when new players come to the Premier League. But if there is one thing Koulibaly has shown in his eight years at Napoli, it is certainly one of the best defensive players in the world, as the longtime commentator explains.
Chelsea had a very active transfer period.
Among others, Stamford Bridge’s Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have all disappeared, while Raheem Sterling, Mark Cucurella and Koucurella are brought in for now. There will likely be more departures and arrivals in the stable before the window closes on September 1.
Koulibaly has everything it takes to succeed in the Premier League, but it is unlikely that he will be a purely substitute for Rudiger, as he is not as polished in his playing with the ball. They need a new kind of manager who can take charge of Thiago Silva when the time comes, Wieland reports.
Is Chelsea stronger or weaker, with Rudiger and Koulibaly out?
I expect it will go well, but there is always a certain amount of uncertainty when a player changes club and league. Where Rudiger was a convinced player over time, there will be uncertainty when Koulibaly comes along and represents something new.
I confessed the past two days telegraph She reported that Chelsea threw themselves into the battle of Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United all summer.
Meanwhile, transfer coach Fabrizio Romano learned that the London club was surprising enough Tangible interest in the Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived exactly seven months ago at the Camp Nou after playing for Arsenal in the Premier League.
Veland says the following about the two possible transformations:
– I don’t think many people saw Aubameyang’s speculation coming. At first I thought: “What the hell, what is Chelsea doing now? Now they are desperate.” But in the end I thought it wasn’t necessarily that stupid. It depends a bit on what kind of role he’s going to play, Wieland says.
It is believed that Aubameyang himself has realized that he is no longer a world-class striker, and he is happy to be Barcelona’s second player behind Robert Lewandowski. According to Wieland, Aubameyang does not want to leave, but a move to Chelsea may remain relevant if he sees he can get a little more playing time and shine a bit more at Chelsea.
Wieland appears uncertain whether Thomas Tuchel & Co. De Jong needs in midfield.
Basically, Chelsea are well occupied in midfield, at least better occupied than Manchester United, who are often associated with Frenkie de Jong. Basically I think Chelsea don’t need him, but at the same time, Chelsea is a club that should be involved if De Jong can be obtained at market price, maybe a little lower.
– I understand they are making inquiries there, and he may be more willing to move to London than Manchester. He will obviously strengthen Chelsea, believes Wieland, who will make his debut as a Premier League commentator at Viaplay on Saturday afternoon when he comments for Bournemouth against Aston Villa.
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