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Pros and cons of a left footed right winger after rumoured transfer targets

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Pros and cons of a left footed right winger after rumoured transfer targets

There is a fond place in the hearts of all Chelsea fans for former player Arjen Robben.

Far from a Chelsea legend, but appreciated all the same by Blues supporters who grew used to watching his trademark style of play, a style of play that would become famous around the world and see him go on to become one of the best players to ever play for Bayern Munich.

This summer, at the age of 35, Robben hung his boots up and signed off as being one of the greatest players in the world during his prime.

Chelsea were lucky enough to have him for three seasons before he left to join Real Madrid, and what a player he was.

His attributes as a left footed right winger has been something that still comes up in conversation for Chelsea fans today. Many believe that it is an element to the team that they have been missing ever since Robben left.

So why is it something that is seen as such a good weapon to have?

The obvious reason is the ability to cut inside from the right and unleash a shot at goal, whereas a right footed right winger will usually opt to hit the byline and put in a cross. It gives an added element.

Of course you have to have the ability, quick feet, and a great shot on you to be effective at this, Robben certainly had that.

The negative on this of course is that defenders always know what you are trying to do and will look to try and show you down the line rather than allowing space to cut in.

On the positive, even when defenders did that to Robben, he still managed to find a way through and unleash a shot.

If you look at a winger like Willian, who is Chelsea’s regular on the right currently, he also likes to cut in, but it’s on his weaker foot so won’t be able to provide a finish. This is setting Chelsea back and often wastes attacking moves due to slowing of the play, not being able cut in, or hit the byline – a wingers two strongest traits.

So Chelsea appear to be looking at a couple of left footed right wingers in the shape of Samuel Chukwueze and Leon Bailey, as reported by Matt Law of The Telegraph.

They both have the ability to cut in and hit a strike like Robben, of course both have a long way to becoming anywhere near as good as he was, but they have age on their side.

It does have positives and negatives. To sum up, you lose the ability to hit the byline and get crosses into the box. But if your left footed right winger is good enough, he can be unstoppable cutting in and firing off crosses or through balls inside.

It also opens up space for your right full back to attack down the byline and if you have a good one like Reece James for example, you have enough positive element there.

 

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Daniel Tweed
Daniel Tweed
11 months ago

Agree totally … Arjenesque approach cutting-in left with the option of laying off to a fullback with a strong targeting right foot ! … Unfortunately over the years our forward targets often seem to wait for the ball flat-footed instead of giving the crosser options before himself being tackled !

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