Phil Neville states how Juan Cuadrado will improve Chelsea

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The Colombia international is said to be on the verge of joining the Blues, with his running power being highlighted by the pundit.

Chelsea have moved to add Juan Cuadrado to their ranks in the mid-season transfer window, with the Colombia international on the verge of joining the current Premier League leaders.

The consensus has been of excitement, with plenty of established footballing figures stating that the 26-year-old will make the West London outfit an even more dangerous side.

BBC pundit Phil Neville has echoed these sentiments and believes that Cuadrado’s work-rate, energy and running power will add to Jose Mourinho’s side.

“I’m a massive fan of Juan Cuadrado and I think we’re about to see an even better Chelsea side when he joins,” Neville wrote in his Daily Mail column today.

“Saturday’s tactics were dictated by the loss of Costa and Fabregas.

“I think Mourinho has concluded he is short of players to come in and he is over-reliant on his first XI. That is why Cuadrado could give them the decisive lift.

“I first saw him playing for Colombia a year ago and I could not believe his running power. You think Willian runs hard, but this lad is something else. He runs box to box and he’s a typical Mourinho signing.

“He will double up and defend but will pop up in the box 30 seconds later. He will fit into the Chelsea philosophy. It’s maybe a signing that will push them towards the title.”

The Fiorentina man has been in fine form for the Stadio Artemio Franchi side this season, scoring four goals and setting up for assists for the Viola.

He also starred at the World Cup for Colombia and looks set to provide excellent competition for places down the Blues’ right flank.

Cuadrado has been linked with both Barcelona and Manchester United in the past, but Chelsea have moved quickly to ensure that they win the race for the diminutive and versatile winger’s signature.

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