Sky Sports have reported that Chelsea will attempt to open negotiations with Arsenal regarding the signing of England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when they return from their tour of the Far East next week.
The news has sparked a mixed reaction amongst the Chelsea faithful with many believing that they already have talent at the club of a greater ability than ‘The Ox’, as he is nicknamed. Fans are claiming that the likes of Lewis Baker, Charly Musonda and Jeremie Boga have just as much to offer and the board can avoid spending more money on the Arsenal man.
However, if you look at this with an open mind you will see that everything about this pursuit makes sense, providing the board can sign the player for a reasonable price.
I believe Oxlade-Chamberlain is under-rated. At only 23-years old he has youth on his side, but at the same time he is experienced on both the Premier League and European stage. The English International is direct, fast, has quick feet and can carry the ball well. He is a strong player who can tackle, pass and even provide a decent finish on goal. He brings so much to the table and his main strength is obviously his versatility.
Chelsea I feel are looking at him as being someone who can provide competition for the right wing-back spot currently occupied by Victor Moses, however, he is also more than useful as a defensive midfielder, centre midfielder or as a more attacking winger. This means Chelsea would not only get a hugely talented player, but they would also get a young experienced player who can fill in as cover in a number of positions.
Finally, there is the issue of the home grown quota, meaning clubs must have a number of players in the squad with home-grown status; another thing that Oxlade-Chamberlain would bring. With Nathaniel Chalobah and John Terry gone, and Ruben Loftus-cheek now out on loan, there is a severe lack of this type of player at Chelsea.
For me, signing The Ox should be a no-brainer.