Aleksandr Golovin5

Aleksandr Golovin came very close to joining Chelsea last summer.

The deal was so close that some journalists were reporting it as done. In the end, that turned out not to be the case, and in fact the Russia midfielder, fresh from starring at the World Cup, moved to Monaco.

They have had a disastrous season, sacking Leonardo Jardim, appointing and then quickly dumping Thierry Henry, only to reappoint Jardim. Results have varied from awful to merely poor.

Golovin has also had to deal with injuries, but has ended up with 24 league starts, as well as 3 games in the Champions League group stage.

In total, he’s amassed just one goal and two assists. His performances certainly haven’t really lived up to the expectations some had, but it’s hard to say to what extent that’s just the result of playing in a dysfunctional team.

Certainly he would have had more experienced and competent teammates at Chelsea had we signed him, and there’s even a possibility that we would have been much better off with him than with Mateo Kovacic.

Golovin offers more attacking threat than the Croatian, and could also have been used on the wings. Now, maybe, we’ll never know.

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