Chelsea have long been linked with a new left-back, with Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis strongly tipped to make the move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
But as that particular deal seemingly stalled, Chelsea were linked with an alternative – and a mightily impressive one at that – in the form of Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo.
The 24-year-old is predominantly a centre-back for his club, but he has shone on the left-side of defence for his country at this summer’s World Cup, continuing that fine form in the semi-final against the Netherlands.
Rojo has also been linked with Liverpool this summer, but recent reports suggested that Jose Mourinho was considering a £15million move for the player.
Of course it could all have been brinkmanship as he looked to push through a deal for top target Luis. Indeed the latest reports claim Luis is closing in on a move to the Blues. But Rojo is proving he would be anything but a poor-second if Chelsea had moved forward with their reported interest.
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As you can see from the Opta stats above, Rojo won two tackles, six duels, two aerial duels and three interceptions against Holland. He also had a pass accuracy of just over 82%.
While he had did not get forward as much as he did earlier in the competition, it was clear he is smart enough to know when to sit back and soak up the pressure, not putting his fellow defenders under undue pressure by bombing forward at will.
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However, he did still manage to play one key pass and deliver one accurate cross, while playing 17 forward passes in total.
His all-round play also impressed, as he looked composed on the ball, confident when facing the Netherlands' impressive front-line and able to attack when required.
ASt just 24, and with a contract that runs for just under two years, someone willl surely sign him up this summer. the only question is: Who?