De Rossi could turn out to be one of Jose Mourinho’s best signings this summer for several reasons and it would finally mean he’s got the player he’s been tracking since the first time he was made Chelsea boss.
The fee being quoted in the press is around the £11 million mark, which Chelsea should have no problem paying. Once that side of things has been sorted out, it will be a case of getting him on a good personal package and hoping he passes the medical.
Here are five reasons he’s the perfect signing for Chelsea.
His experience as an aggressive midfielder is something which is priceless, especially to a Chelsea side that has a high number of younger players currently on their books.
His career in Serie A as well as his career with Italy means he knows what to expect from top flight football, he knows how to handle different types of players and it ensures it shouldn’t take him any time at all to settle into the team.
De Rossi is someone who has worn the captain’s armband several times throughout his career and his leadership skills are something else which will aid the younger players at the club.
It guarantees that he will create a strong presence in the middle of Chelsea’s team when it comes to important Premier League matches and Champions League ties. It will also take a little bit of pressure away from the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard.
Tackles and Interceptions
Based on figures from his performances in Serie A last season, De Rossi is a player who reads the game well and makes crucial decisions at crucial times.
On average last season in Serie A, he made 1.6 successful tackles per game in key areas on average and made 2.2 interceptions.
What that suggests is that he’s going to be crucial in terms of protecting the Chelsea defence when the side is under pressure and also covering when other players are out of position.
His average pass success rate in Serie A last season was 84% which suggests that he will fit right in with the brand of football that Chelsea like to play.
It would be very difficult for a midfielder to come into the side and play around the likes of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard if he didn’t have that basic ability to help the side keep the ball.
His stats from last season also suggest that his long range passing is superb with seven long balls per game finding their target on average.
He only came up with three assists for Roma last season, but he only made 21 starts with four sub appearances and he is a defensively minded midfielder.
What those assists tells us is that he makes the right decisions in the final third of the pitch, when he finds himself there backing up Chelsea attacks, when they have a real opportunity to press the opposition.
Despite the fact he’s a defensive player, he can be utilised well in attacking areas when situations warrant it, which just adds another layer to his game.
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