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Chelsea in talks with 22-year-old “revelation” left-back

Graham Potter

According to a recent report from Dutch outlet 1908, Chelsea have held talks with Feyenoord’s exciting young left-back Quilindschy Hartman. The report reveals that the Blues have held an interest in the Dutchman for some time now.

While the publication believes the injury he sustained at the end of March has ruled out a move this summer, the fact that he was invited to watch the team take on Arsenal suggests that the Blues might still push on regardless to ensure that other teams do not get ahead of them.

There haven’t been any reliable reports as to how much Hartman might cost Chelsea. But Transfermarket value him at €23 million.

Hartman to Chelsea makes sense as another left-back looks like he’ll be leaving

Interestingly, there have been plenty of reports in recent weeks suggesting that one of the Blues’ other left-backs, Ian Maatsen, could be on his way out of the club in the summer. Maatsen is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund and has been in excellent form since joining them on loan in January. He has 2 goals and 9 assists for the German club in just 19 appearances.

Dortmund will certainly look to make his loan permanent. There is also interest from Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Aston Villa for the 22-year-old left-back.

If he is to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, a move for Hartman becomes all the more important. It would mean that Hartman would directly compete with the injury-prone Ben Chilwell.

Hartman vs Chliwell

From a pure output perspective, there is no competition at all. Hartman has provided seven assists in 38 appearances this year, averaging a goal involvement every 5.4 games, while the Chelsea man has provided just one assist in 21 games.

The comparison when it comes to other relevant metrics is also quite one-sided in favour of the youngster. While the Englishman produces a higher non-penalty expected goal and assists figure, wins more aerial duels and produces more progressive carries, he comes out second best in the majority of relevant metrics and by quite a distance in some of them. Talent scout Jacek Kulig even described the Feyenoord man as a “revelation”.

As featured on ChelseaNews.com

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