A Contribution Post By Daniel Parr.
A lot has been made, and rightly so, of the successes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount out on loan this season, but there seems to be much less coverage of Jay Dasilva. This has to change.
After excelling in his first and second loan spells at League One Charlton, where he picked up the player of the year award at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign, Dasilva, then went on to shine at Bristol City last season, playing 32 games and picking up 3 assists.
There have been murmurings of City wanting to make the loan deal a permanent one (they have an option to purchase but the decision is with Jay), showing how well admired he is; we cannot let this happen. With Marcos Alonso’s future in doubt, and a transfer ban looming, Emerson has become our only real option at left back; even if Alonso chose to stay, judging by last season, the further he is from the team, the better.
Dasilva’s exciting pace and crossing ability is something that we desperately need, especially seeing that our main two strikers for next season could well be Abraham and Olivier Giroud. Emerson has shown signs of these attacking qualities, but there are questions over the defensive part of his game. Our team is crying out for Dasilva.
Questions have been asked about the height of the England U21 international, but at 5 feet 7 inches, the difference between Ashley Cole’s height and his is incredibly minimal, so this should not be a deciding factor, especially in the modern and less aggressive game.
For those that have followed Dasilva, of which there have been many, it has become obvious that he has incredible potential. At Charlton, manager Lee Bowyer stated that he was “probably better than Ashley Cole was at his age”, with Ian Wright saying that he was “better than any Premier League left back” in 2015. These are just two examples – praise has never been something that Dasilva has lacked.
With the seemingly inevitable arrival of Frank Lampard comes also the return of Jody Morris – a former Chelsea academy coach that has seen the growth of Dasilva, and someone that knows his true potential. Having been part of the UEFA Youth League winning side in 2015, Dasilva also won 3 FA Youth Cups: an incredible achievement. Morris and Lampard are the ideal people to develop Dasilva into one of the best full backs in Europe, something he is definitely capable of.
All his success at Chelsea was done with the likes of Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, two players Dasilva could form an instant connection with at Chelsea; being 21, the improvement that he would make at the Bridge would emulate that of Loftus-Cheek, potentially becoming a Chelsea left back for the next 10 years. This should prevent our infamous board from wasting big money on players like Davide Zappacosta, which ultimately saw Ola Aina out of the club – a far better player.
With this in mind, as well as his obvious talent, selling Dasilva at this point would be madness, but I wouldn’t put it past Chelsea.