It’s been a rough and tumble season for Chelsea with injuries being at the heart of their inconsistency. As a consequence, the Blues have had to turn to youthful prospects such as Baba Rahman.
While the Stamford Bridge side is now soaring up the Premier League table, mistakes still linger. Youth may bring invention and tenacity; it also opens the door for errors amidst their inexperience.
With Rahman’s form evolving with every game, it's clear the Ghanaian is unable to nail down a consistent run in the first team. As a consequence, Chelsea should invest in a new full-back this summer to take the burden off Rahman and help accentuate this recent upsurge.
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On the whole, Rahman has proven a promising investment. At just 21-years-old, it’s clear that the ex-Augsburg full back will have a lot to offer Chelsea in the coming years.
However, for all his admirable showings, a poor performance tends to follow. Under Jose Mourinho, the Ghanaian struggled once deployed and Stoke away was a prominent example of his weaknesses in the league.
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Unfortunately, this trend has continued and was once again exposed during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Southampton. Rahman’s feeble attempt at a headed pass presented Shane Long with a glaring opportunity to score, to which he obliged.
Every player makes mistakes and Rahman is no different but it was simply the latest example in a plethora of shaky moments. The Southampton incident has proven the most high-profile though, with the Ghanaian bowing out of the game at half time.
As a consequence of this inconsistency, Chelsea should dip their toes in the transfer market for a full-back. It’s been no secret that this is an area of weakness for the Blues and they are starved of reinforcements.
Branislav Ivanovic has been pulled into the centre recently and Cesar Azpilcueta is being thrown from flank-to-flank. The Stamford Bridge side needs another man to fill this void.
Rahman should be kept, that’s not up for debate but such over-exposure to the Premier League in his first season has seen him crumble at times. An experienced full back could help nurture the 21-year-old into the no-nonsense defender the club desires.
Above all, it would provide the club with cover and would ensure they are not always relying on youth. Rahman should be slowly introduced into the squad, not thrown into the deep end and without reinforces Chelsea have had no option.
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