Earlier this week Chelsea became the latest club to be linked with Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko.
Chelsea however already have a vast number of attacking players, so it is important to ask what exactly Yarmolenko can bring to the club?
It is clear firstly that the attacker would look to be a real impact player in terms of production. He scored 21 goals in all competitions for Dinamo Kiev last season, including five in nine Europa League games.
In addition to this, Yarmolenko provided eight assists, therefore responsible for 29 goals for his club last season. His 12 goals in Ukraine's Premier League, is more than any of Chelsea's strikers contributed last season in the English Premier League.
Arguably the best competition on which to judge Yarmolenko's output is in last season's Europa League. Data from whoscored.com reveals the Ukrainian was highly creative for Kiev.
He provided an average of 2.9 key passes per game. Against Chelsea's first team squad in the Premier League, this exceeds each of them:
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Another strong area of performance for Yarmolenko is his dribbling. He averaged 4.3 successful dribbles per game in Europa League football last season.
Once again against Chelsea's stars in Premier League competition, this production is by superior to Eden Hazard, and far better than any body else in the squad.
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While the comparison is indirect, it provides a snapshot of the best assets Yarmolenko could bring to Chelsea, and why he is so highly rated.
The 24-year-old is a classic winger, best utilised on the right, who is a different player to the type Chelsea have at their disposal.
The level of their interest is as yet unclear, but if they do pursue a move, the reasons why speak for themselves.