AC Milan’s Rafael Leao is a player who will be coveted by Chelsea “going into the new year”.
What’s the word?
The journalist stated that Chelsea were already convinced on the 23-year-old and didn’t need to see him up close in order to make up their mind on what type of player he is.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “I know that Chelsea didn’t really need to see him in that fixture to be convinced of what sort of player he is.
“You could see in flashes at Stamford Bridge of how fast he is, of the kind of magic in his feet.
“But this is a player that’s the real deal, he makes things happen, he decides games all the time for AC Milan, and he remains a player that will be coveted by Chelsea and others going into the new year.”
The real deal
Leao’s current ability and future promise makes him the real deal in football’s big picture.
At 23 years of age, he is delivering for Milan consistently and has garnered a reputation as a direct attacking threat from the wing – a rare and dangerous type of player for the opposition to handle in today’s game.
Of course, the tactically astute Graham Potter knew how to exclude him from the game when the two teams met in the Champions League, which also hints that he would know exactly how to get the best out of him.
Valued at a minimum of €100m (£88m) by his club, Leao currently has four goals and four assists in eight Serie A games for Milan, with one goal contribution for every match that he played in the current league campaign.
His promise is undeniable, but his arrival along with Christopher Nkunku would most likely push Raheem Sterling over to the right wing – if Potter decides to stick with a front three, of course.