Aside from defeat in the FA Cup Final, Chelsea’s 2016/17 campaign could not have gone much better, with the West London outfit securing 93 points on their way to comfortably winning the Premier League title.
Two of the surprise stars of the season were wing-backs Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso, neither of whom were viewed as players capable of holding down a place at such a prestigious club in previous years.
Despite their obvious successes, both men remain vulnerable to being upgraded this summer, with the likes of Juventus duo Dani Alves and Alex Sandro regularly being linked with stealing their jobs.
Now, if reports in the Daily Mirror are to be believed, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is appearing on the Blues’ radar, having impressed at wing-back following Arsenal’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation late in the season.
Soon to enter the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, the versatile performer has featured in close to 130 Premier League games, though around half of these have come as a substitute:
The 23-year-old has just enjoyed his best top-flight campaign in terms of appearances and direct goal involvement, however, playing a part in nine of the Gunners’ strikes.
In fact, despite turning out for a team that finished 18 points and four places behind Chelsea in the table, the England international still managed to make more of an offensive contribution than Moses, albeit that he occupied a variety of different roles.
Known for his boundless energy, impressive turn of pace and the ability to run with the ball, Oxlade-Chamberlain appears perfectly-suited to the role of a right wing-back in Antonio Conte’s preferred system.