Nicola Tagliafico has been sensational as left-back this season. The Ajax defender was a consistent performer throughout the past few campaigns and has been a key cog in Ajax’s current resurgence in Europe.
Tagliafico confirmed that he could leave the Dutch club this summer if the right offer comes in and we believe Chelsea is the perfect option for his next adventure in world football.
Tagliafico is a defender who is adept at both overlapping and underlapping. A comfortable receiver of the ball in tight areas, he has the composure that often feels like his first touch and quickness of thought allows him to almost slow time down.
Though constant wing play is a difficult skill for most left-backs in the world, Tagliafico is a player that excels in it.
Frank Lampard favours a style of football in which his team gets on the ball and dominates games.
The English manager uses a 4-2-3-1 formation which allows his teams to unlock passing combinations and triangles that form a big part of the attacking tactics, Defensively, this set up allows him to press his opponents high up the pitch and play a flat back four in an offside trap.
This is where Tagliafico fits into Chelsea perfectly, The Argentine is a front-footed wingback. He’s not just content with affecting his position, he also has no fear about running into central areas to tackle, intercept and create turnovers for his team. He is the answer that Chelsea need after last season’s blunders by Marcos Alonso, with Alonso consistently getting caught out on the counter-attacks.
Tagliafico is known for his stamina and intensity which allows him to help his team out both in attack and defence.
The Ajax star could be available to Frank Lampard for a fee just north of £20m, with the Argentine admitting he could leave the Dutch capital for greener pastures this summer.
Frank Lampard should work to get this transfer done quickly, as he is getting a quality left-back at a steal.
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