After being released by OGC Nice in June, Malang Sarr signed a five-year contract with the blues in late August becoming their fourth summer signing. The 21-year-old Frenchman was a no-brainer of a signing for Chelsea due to his potential and his playing profile. This article will look into the player and where he could fit into the squad in the future.
Malang Sarr has appeared eight times for the French Under-21s and 119 times for Nice over his four professional seasons so far. Sarr is a left footed centre-back, a profile which Chelsea currently doesn’t have in their squad, who can also play at left-back and the left side of a back three. This is fantastic for Frank Lampard who could use Sarr in all three positions, as he has got pace to recover and help in the transitions.
He still has room for improvement after playing the least amount of minutes of his professional career last season. Sarr can also be rash in his challenges, which will need to be worked on in the coming seasons but due to his age; the deal is an easy one to comprehend. Even if he doesn’t prove to be a Chelsea calibre player in the future, he will be an easy player to cash in on and make a healthy profit.
Why was he available on a free?
After bursting onto the scene at 17, Malang Sarr has struggled to impress his last two managers in Lucien Favre, the current Dortmund boss, and Patrick Vieira. He fell down the pecking order and subsequently didn’t feature as much as he did in his first seasons with both managers. A fresh start at a new club is what he sought after, as the defender wanted to be a main fixture in a side that believed in him.
This may not be Chelsea at first though, with the Frenchmen expected to go out on loan for at least one season, potentially two. German, French and Turkish clubs are rumoured to be extremely interested in taking him on loan for the season, which is great news for the blues as it allows Sarr to develop under forward thinking attacking coaches. New blues signing Kai Havertz’s former club Bayer Leverkusen are the current front runners for his signature as Peter Bosz, with the opportunity for Sarr to play in a back three and learn one of the many formations Lampard likes to utilise.
The transfer of Malang Sarr will be the most underrated signing by Chelsea fans as he isn’t going straight into the first team, unlike Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and soon Edouard Mendy. However, the prospect of having a young left footed centre-back at the club for free should be exciting for the fans of the club and we will hopefully see him in a blue shirt next season.
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