Chelsea have been linked with numerous names this summer and some have proven better propositions than others.
Although investment is necessary for the Blues to avoid a repeat of last season, blindly throwing cash around isn’t the answer to their problems. Besides, recent history shows that Chelsea can sometimes be a little too trigger-happy when it comes to transfers.
One such player the Blues should avoid this summer proves Emanuele Giaccherini. Albeit an impressive set of performances at Euro 2016 this summer, the Italian has no discernable place at Stamford Bridge.
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It’s fair to say that Giaccherini’s recent career has been one of dizzying highs and degrading lows.
If you looked at his performances for Sunderland since his 2013 move, you’d certainly be surprised at his inclusion in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad. It appears the 29-year-old becomes a different animal when donning the Azzurri jersey.
With a jaw-dropping goal against Belgium that featured a mercurial first touch, transfer interest has once again arrested the winger.
Despite his recent domestic form being unspectacular, clubs such as Chelsea have been linked with his name this summer. Even Sky Sports have reported the player’s interest in a move to west London.
Nonetheless, it proves a move that would do little to aid Chelsea’s recovery plan. Not only would it be a sizeable risk, but one that simply wouldn’t be worth the money.
The reasoning behind the link seems to lie with the shared nationality of Giaccherini and Chelsea’s inbound manager Antonio Conte.
Granted, the 29-year-old has played exceptionally well under Conte this summer. However, he had also impressed at the 2013 Confederations Cup only to flop just months later at the Stadium of Light.
His performances in the Premier League simply don’t warrant a move to such a large club. Many thought he would rise to be Sunderland’s star man, but five goals in 43 outings is a poor return.
The northeast side weren’t keen on Giaccherini to an extent they shipped him out on loan to Bologna also.
In addition, given his age, there appears little benefit in signing the winger as a long-term investment. All evidence points towards him being past his best and at west London, his influence would only peter out by the month.
Given that Giaccherini is somewhat of a Sunderland reject, it certainly isn’t suggestive of success at Chelsea. With even greater squad competition and pressure, the 29-year-old would shy away.
While his form for Italy is undoubtedly impressive, Chelsea shouldn’t fall for Giaccherini based on a handful of performances. The Blues can do far better this summer and should shun the misfiring midfielder.
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