Mattia Destro could be Chelsea’s January target

Mattia Destro has recently admitted that he may be open to departing his club AS Roma. The 23 years old Italian forward joined Roma in the year 2012 for €4.5 million.

Destro’s dissatisfaction is justified because despite being in a goal scoring form in recent months, he has been left out on the bench by manager Rudi Garcia, and he has never been a regular starter for the club. The Wolfman is on Chelsea’s radar since summer 2014 and Mattia Destro could be Chelsea’s January target.

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Till now Destro has bagged 4 goals in 8 Serie A appearances and 3 were as a substitute and has started only one Champions league game. Mattia Destro is a textbook poacher with excellent first touch finishing, ball control, positioning, hold up play and quickness in the box. He is a deadly finisher who has scored some marvelous goals from various angles and distances, for example, his 40 yard thunderbolt versus Verona.

All he needs is a continuous supply of deliveries in and around the box, and he will bang goals for you. Despite being an average height striker, he relies on his instincts and positioning skills to pose as an effective aerial threat during set pieces or otherwise. Similar strikers include Real Madrid’s on loan poacher Javier Hernandez and Napoli’s star Gonzalo Higuain. Destro has the potential to be as lethal as the above two.

However, there are some negatives as well. He is an injury prone player who is likely to injure himself or carry niggles when regularly played. As a classic poacher, his defensive contribution is almost non-existent. His poaching skills makeup for most of his game, meaning he would usually be the one who finishes the moves, but is rarely involved in the build-up. This is one major reason why he is not a regular starter for AS Roma, as he is perceived as an impact substitute to the much more hardworking Gervinho.

Taking it all into the account, Destro is a forward who is made for the Chelsea game and has all the qualities to impress Jose. He will be very effective for the team in the last 15-20 minutes of the game against defensive teams. Chelsea’s strike force currently comprises of Diego Costa, who is recovering from an injury and is not fit enough to play consecutive Champions League and Premier League games, Loic Remy, who is currently nursing a groin strain and last but not the least, Didier Drogba, whose body is not fit enough to play a full game due to his age. Despite being deemed as a substitute for Costa, Destro would get chances to break into Chelsea’s first team, and he is likely to play more regularly and challenge for trophies than what he did at Roma.

He is also approached by Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal. His odds of joining Chelsea are quite high as he is not approached by many clubs. Chelsea will surely fulfill all his expectations. His market value is €17 million which is FFP friendly and very affordable for the Blues.

Edited By: Abhay Shenoy

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