Chelsea have looked like a side to be reckoned with in recent weeks, with Antonio Conte’s decision to switch to a system with three central defenders already paying dividends.
The Blues look much more balance in the new formation but the switch has put an emphasis on the team’s wing-backs to provide energy and mobility on the flanks.
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) October 10, 2016
While Marcos Alonso has been signed to play on the left, the most-natural choice for the other flank, Cesar Azpilicueta, has been operating centrally.
This has given Victor Moses an opportunity to feature in the West London starting XI and the Nigeria international has put in some excellent performances in the role.
However, there appears to be a lack of strength in depth for this specialised position, which could cause Conte to make a move in the transfer market to add an extra option in the right flank.
A man that could offer an experienced and highly able option for the Stamford Bridge club is Stephan Lichtsteiner, who looks set to leave Juventus in January.
The Switzerland international was an essential part of Conte’s Bianconeri side that was so successful but has been dropped from the Turin giants’ starting XI this season following the summer signing of Dani Alves.
Although Lichetsteiner is not a long-term option for the future at the age of 32, the all-action wideman could be a canny stop-gap solution for the Blues.
Things clearer now. Juve lined up De Sciglio to replace Lichtsteiner who wanted out but then tried to force a move to Inter but was denied.
— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) October 8, 2016
Talk in the press has already been rife that the former Lazio man will leave Juventus in January for a cut price and he could be a shrewd acquisition for Chelsea.
If Moses is to progress and evolve into a top-quality option in the position, receiving guidance from someone of Lichetsteiner’s pedigree would also be invaluable.