What exciting £17m winger Yarmolenko will bring to Chelsea if he signs

Ukraine Football Fans

Chelsea are rumoured to be in talks to sign Andriy Yarmolenko.

Earlier this week Chelsea became the latest club to be linked with Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Star reported club owner Roman Abramovich had entered talks with Dinamo Kiev over signing the 24-year-old, also linked with Liverpool in recent months.

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.

Samuel Eto'o Chelsea 9
Demba Ba Chelsea 5
Fernando Torres Chelsea 5

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:

  TeamTotal Key Passes / apps
Eden Hazard Chelsea 2.63
Willian Chelsea 2.60
Oscar Chelsea 1.45
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 1.35
Ramires Chelsea 1.10
Fernando Torres Chelsea 1.04
André Schürrle Chelsea 0.97
Mohamed Salah Chelsea 0.90

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.

  TeamWon Dribbles / apps
Eden Hazard Chelsea 3.77
Mohamed Salah Chelsea 1.60
Willian Chelsea 1.52
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 1.41
Fernando Torres Chelsea 1.18
Ramires Chelsea 1.10
Oscar Chelsea 0.76
André Schürrle Chelsea 0.63

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.

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