Jeremie Boga will spend the season on loan under veteran manager, Harry Redknapp, at Birmingham City after signing a new three-year-deal with Chelsea.
The 20-year-old attacker’s previous deal ran until the summer of 2019 and while it’s a tad surprising to see only a three-year extension for Boga as opposed to, say, four years for Tomas Kalas, it’s an entirely understandable stance from either party.
Boga has been out on loan twice previously, both to foreign clubs in Rennes and Granada. During both spells, he’s shown glimpses of his obvious talent but simply hasn’t managed to put a consistent run of starts together due to various reasons.
He didn’t look much out of place when called upon during pre-season and even started Chelsea’s first match of the season but Boga’s brief run in the first-team was mainly due to the overshadowing dearth of depth and fitness among the club’s attacking players.
Hence, it only makes sense that he’s completed his move away after the return to fitness of Pedro, Charly Musonda and very soon, Eden Hazard. Boga will be Birmingham’s ninth signing of the summer, of which three others are loanees.
Boga hasn’t had much success away from the club thus far, but a strong season in the Championship can see a player’s reputation soar, as Izzy Brown and Kasey Palmer demonstrated at Huddersfield Town last season. Hopefully Boga can do the same.
Jeremie Boga aims to excite the Blues fans after joining the Club on a season-long loan.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 28, 2017
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Chelsea agreed a fee for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Monday evening.
Arsenal fans are split in their opinions of the impending move. Bizarrely, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger started Chamberlain in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Prior to that, Wenger also stated that he sees the England international as a future star at the Emirates.
Arsenal were prepared to pay Chamberlain, who has just a year left on his contract, between £150,000 and £180,000 per week to stay, but their offer was refused.
Arsenal fans divided
While Chamberlain’s talent is clear to see, he has not converted his ability into enough goals or assists since joining from Southampton in 2011.
On the other hand, selling a first team player to a rival without a known replacement is certainly not ideal.
Having made a bright start to the summer on the back of another FA Cup triumph, Arsenal’s transfer window is looking nothing less than a shambles in comparison to their rivals.
At least Gooners will not have to put up with seeing ‘The Ox” named on future team sheets.
Club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette and new defender Sead Kolasinac both started on the bench at Anfield on the weekend, a damning indictment of Wenger’s recruitment.
Blue at heart?
Freelance journalist Dan Levene has dug up some old tweets from the winger, and it seems as though the transfer is a dream one for Chamberlain.
The 24-year-old’s tweets show that he certainly is an admirer of the Blues, as he supported them in their Champions League triumph.