Date: 31st August 2022 at 6:30pm
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Chelsea have secured the signing of Wesley Fofana from Premier League rivals Leicester City.

What’s the word?

That is according to super-journalist Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to issue two major updates surrounding the player’s future.

On his personal Twitter page, Romano said: “Wesley Fofana has completed final part of his medical tests in New York — understand it’s all fine, no issues and he’s now set to be unveiled as new Chelsea player.

“Wout Faes will be his replacement at Leicester.”

Following on from this, Romano gave an update in greater detail: “Wesley Fofana has also signed the contract as new Chelsea player, all completed with Leicester — he will be unveiled by CFC on Wednesday.

“Fofana can be considered Chelsea player now.”

Tuchel will love him

The news surrounding Chelsea’s capture of 21-year-old “brick wall” Fofana, as dubbed by Paul Brown on Twitter, will have Tuchel elated and if he can come in and help to navigate the Blues out of the current defensive crisis that they find themselves in, then the German boss will love him as an asset.

Fofana is astute and trustworthy in possession, possessing the ability to initiate attacking transitions from deep with his range of long passing that sees him hit an average of 78.2% completion rate for an average of 10.78 long passes completed per 90.

For a centre-back of his prestige on the ball, a move to a Chelsea side who are known for their 3-4-2-1 system under Tuchel will afford him more freedom in the build-up and occupy positions higher up the pitch due to the flexibility that comes with a back-three.

Fofana averages 63.11 passes completed, with 4.67 of these being passes into the final third. His average of 58.11 carries per 90 also represents great value in what are outstanding metrics in comparison to positionally similar players in Europe’s top five leagues.

The opportunity to work alongside veteran defenders Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly would also have been too tempting, whilst the £69.5million defender can compliment the duo with a burst of pace at the back.

Overall, it’s an emphatic move for all parties and one that can help Fofana to reach the next stage in his development.

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