Jamie Redknapp believes that defender Nathan Ake could become a future Chelsea star.
The 21-year-old is currently on a season-long loan deal at Bournemouth from Chelsea and has looked impressive this season.
He scored a late winner on Saturday against Liverpool as Bournemouth secured a dramatic 4-3 home victory, while also netting the decisive goal in a 1-0 win against Stoke.
Ake is a versatile player who can slot in at centre-back, left-back or central midfield.
Redknapp claims that Ake could be the perfect long-term solution for the Blues and he would be able to slot into a back three in the first team.
“The centre back has impressed since coming into the Bournemouth team,” Redknapp wrote in the Mail. “Although there are elements of his game he needs to improve upon, Ake could end up saving Chelsea a lot of money.
“Chelsea are crying out for a left-side centre-back. Gary Cahill has done well there this season but the position does not come naturally to him.”
He added: “Chelsea may go out and by someone like Giorgio Chellini but they could have a long-term solution on their books in Ake. The Dutchman is tenacious, has a good left foot and is brilliant in the air, despite only being 5ft 11in. He is a real athlete and covers ground well.”