Chelsea set to splash £50m on Chilwell transfer but stats show they might be better off sticking with Alonso
CHELSEA are set to splash £50million on Ben Chilwell… but the stats show they might be better off sticking with Marcos Alonso.
The Blues look on course to take their summer spending beyond £200m when they complete a deal for the Leicester left-back, who is expected to earn a staggering £190,000 per week.
That transfer could be all wrapped up this week as Frank Lampard bolsters his defensive options.
But the stats seem to suggest the current left-back might actually be better.
There is no doubt Chilwell, 23, is a real talent – no one becomes the first-choice England No3 for nothing.
But there are certainly weaknesses in attack and defensive frailties that will need to be ironed out to take the Leicester academy graduate to the next level.
Out of Chilwell, Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James and Emerson Palmieri, only the Blues captain played more minutes than the £50m target's 2375 in the Premier League last season.
But despite playing almost 1,000 minutes fewer, Alonso has racked up as many goal involvements – four goals and two assists, Chilwell has three of each.
That works out as a goal or assist every 239 minutes whereas Chilwell only managed one every 396.
Chilwell falls behind Azpilicueta and Emerson for passes per 90 minutes – 62.7 to 67.9 and 63 respectively – and has the lowest number of tackles per 90 with just 1.6.
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James' 5.5 and Alonso's 4.1 crosses per 90 far exceed Chilwell's 3.4 as their attacking strengths outweigh the Foxes man once again.
In terms of clearances, the figures are fairly similar with Chilwell managing 2.1 clearances per 90 – second to Azpilicueta on 2.3.
And the same goes for headed clearances across the same ratio with Azpilicueta on 1.1, Chilwell on 1, Alonso on 0.9, Emerson on 0.8 and James on 0.6.
The Leicester man missed the end of the season with a heel injury and saw a specialist this week ahead of the switch.
Chelsea’s 2020-21 campaign kicks off at Brighton on September 14.
And a source said: “If Ben gets news he is going to be out for another six weeks, not three, then Chelsea could well take a totally different view on this whole matter.”
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