How Tomas Kalas has just saved Chelsea £20 million

Tomas Kalas' performance yesterday has questioned Chelsea's need to sign John Stones.

The rumour mill suggests that Chelsea are still very much interested in making a £20 million bid for Everton defender John Stones.

However, Tomas Kalas may have shown manager Jose Mourinho yesterday with his performance against Liverpool, that he doesn’t need to go and blow big money on a centre-back when he has a perfectly good one in the squad.

Kalas’ inclusion in the starting eleven at Anfield was judged as evidence by some that Mourinho had turned his back on the Premier League, seemingly focused on beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this weekend.

However, Kalas produced a superb performance and looked a far more mature defender than his 20-years would suggest.

  ClubPosOutfielder BlockTotal TackleDuel WonInterception WonAppsMins
Ashley Cole Chelsea DF 1 3 7 0 1 90
Tomas Kalas Chelsea DF 1 0 0 2 1 90
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 0 3 6 3 1 90
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 0 0 0 1 1 13
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 0 1 5 1 1 90

Jose Mourinho’s current style at the Blues seems to be about investing in good, young players to form the spine of each generation of Chelsea sides for the foreseeable future.

The acquisition of Kurt Zouma from Saint-Etienne in the last transfer window has given Mourinho a good core of central defenders to use over the next couple of seasons, eradicating the need and sense in going after a big signing this summer.

Kalas, Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry and David Luiz provide a good mix of defenders for the boss to use.

There is also the chance that Branislav Ivanovic could move back into a central defensive position if Mourinho brings in a cast iron right-back in the summer transfer window.

Kalas was smartly used and protected by Mourinho during the game yesterday as he planted two very experienced defenders in Ivanovic and Ashley Cole either side of him, which allowed him to play his natural defensive game.

Whether he plays over the rest of the season is doubtful with so many good defensive talents at Chelsea but there can be little argument that the Blues don’t need to go and spend £20 million on a player similar to one they already own.

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