Joachim Andersen of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and UC Sampdoria at Stadio San Paolo Naples Italy on 2 February 2019. (Photo Franco Romano/Nurphoto)

Chelsea has struggled this season with an unstable defence. Centre-backs David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger have performed very inconsistently this season while youngster Andreas Christensen has been in and out of the team.

And the left-back position has caused a lot of problems for Maurizio Sarri. With the summer transfer window approaching, the Italian manager will eye defensive reinforcements at Stamford Bridge. He will need to solve the centre-back issue as well as the left-back one.

The former Napoli manager should be looking for a solid centre-back who could replace David Luiz in the heart of Chelsea’s defence. The Brazilian is having a bad season and has been caught ball-watching several times. His mistakes have led to a lot of goals this season. As a result, the 31-year-old’s future in the starting eleven looks uncertain.

Joachim Andersen: Perfect for Chelsea?

Player Profile: Joachim Andersen

Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen will be a perfect replacement for David Luiz at Chelsea. The 22-year-old is a ball-playing centre-half just like the Brazilian David Luiz. He has been Sampdoria’s best player this season as his defensive contributions have been vital for the Italian team.

The young defender is a no-nonsense centre-back who is very confident on the ball and a very daunting figure for the opposition’s attack. Just like Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly, he is very calm on the ball. He likes to play long balls and is very good at doing that. The Dane has a passing accuracy of around 90% which is amazing for a ball-playing defender.

The Sampdoria man has averaged 4.7 clearances in every game this season. He is one of the best centre-backs in Serie A currently. Speaking of long balls, the young defender has averaged 5.7 successful long-balls in every game he has played this season.

He is the one who is responsible for keeping Sampdoria’s defence quite organized all the time. The 22-year-old is a leader at the back and is quite vocal commanding his defence. He is always alert and wary of any opposition threat to his defence.

Perfect for Sarri?

Chelsea needs someone like Andersen who could command the team’s defence into perfect shape just like Virgil van Dijk does at Liverpool. The ball-playing skills of this young Dane will also complement Sarri-ball quite well. His high level of alertness will keep Chelsea’s defence strong always.

In other words, the calm and confident nature of Andersen will help Sarri take Chelsea’s defence to the next level. He can form a formidable partnership with fellow Dane Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea’s defence. Christensen is one of the best young centre-backs in the world. This Danish partnership at the back will be tough for any team to crack.

A move to Chelsea will be perfect for the Sampdoria man because playing under Maurizio Sarri will help Andersen improve his technical side of his game. Above all, the Premier League will be good for him to showcase his talent at the very top level of football.

Playing against some of the best attackers in the world will help the young defender develop his game and reach the top of his potential. Training and playing alongside world-class players and will help Andersen grow into a better player.

To conclude, a move to Stamford Bridge seems perfect for both the player as well as for Chelsea which would help the London club challenge for the Premier League title next season.

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