£15m Chelsea target Guarin - Stats that prove he has 'flop' written all over him.

Chelsea are expected to pay a stunning £15 million for Fredy Guarin when the winter window opens but the stats prove it could be money spent better elsewhere

In one of the most anticipated transfers of the January transfer window, Internazionale midfielder Guarin has supposedly picked Chelsea over Manchester United.

In the past week Fredy Guarin's agent confirmed with Colombian radio station Caracol Radio that Chelsea are  in talks with inter.

''I can confirm Chelsea's interest in Fredy, and it's now upto the clubs to discuss a deal,'' said Marcelo Ferreya ''We'll open talks once they have agreed terms''

''We have already been to London with Inter and met with Chelsea directors to make their interest formal.''

Chelsea fans have quite rightfully been left numb by the news, and despite collectively in agreement that a central midfielder is needed, I doubt Guarin was at the top of anyone's list.

He has been hailed as one of the Inter's key performers this season, but everything in his statistics screams that he is an enigma.

He has appeared in all 16 matches for Inter this season, scoring three and creating three goals.

Despite only scoring three goals, the player has had in total 52 shots. That is roughly one goal per every 17 shots, quite remarkable.

Offensively, he has one outstanding trait and that is his ability to drive with the ball. He has completed 52 successful dribbles this season, the third most per game out of any player in Serie A.

Other than that, it's all below-par. He has created 24 goalscoring opportunities in 16 appearances, roughly 1.5 a game. 

He attempts on average 34.5 passes per game with a 73.9% pass rate success, which means he hits only 25.4 successful passes per game. To put in perspective this is less than HALF what Tom Cleverley manages for Manchester United.

Defensively it's not too pretty either. The Colombian has made 28 tackles in 16 matches, which is around average in fairness. Yet, he has managed to be called up for an incredible 38 fouls.

He is officially more likely to 'foul' his man than win the ball, perhaps, the characteristic of an inexperienced striker but not an experienced central midfield player.

I guess you're not supposed to judge a player before his signed and played a couple of games, but for the sake of £15 million pound - It looks like money wasted already.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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