Chelsea Fans Discuss Signing 21 Years Old As Fofana’s Replacement

Following the news that Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana has had surgery after suffering an ACL injury, supporters have been debating who the club should sign as a replacement for the Frenchman.

At the moment, it is not clear who the Blues will go after but, after journalist Felix Johnston suggested Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap as a possible option, fans on Twitter started the discuss whether the 21-year-old would be a good addition to the squad:

Bella-Kotchap’s injury record would be a concern

It should be noted that the German international spent 15 games on the sidelines last season with shoulder and knee injuries.

Considering the problems that Chelsea have had with keeping Fofana fit, it would be a surprise if the club’s recruitment team look at another player with a chequered fitness record.

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Chelsea may consider shorter term solutions

As manager Mauricio Pochettino prefers to play with a four-man backline, he may not feel that the club have to directly replace Fofana.

However, with Benoit Badiashile also expected to miss the start of the season with his own injury, Pochettino may prefer that the Blues find cover for the Frenchman instead.

With that being the case, you can’t rule out an older player being brought to Stamford Bridge, potentially on loan. If that is the direction they go in then Bella-Kotchap won’t come under consideration.

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