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Joao Felix has already shown Graham Potter how he will improve Chelsea after Atletico loan deal

 

Chelsea are putting the finishing touches together in order to sign Joao Felix on a loan deal until the end of the season, football.london has been told. Sources have said Chelsea are set to pay around £9.7million to bring the 23-year-old to Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season, but there will be no option to purchase the Atletico Madrid attacker.

A verbal agreement is in place between the two clubs and Felix is now wanting to move to west London to play out the campaign. Chelsea have had scouts present at numerous Atletico games this season to watch Felix and the Portuguese star has clearly done enough to impress the club. football.london reported midway through last month that Chelsea had a ‘tentative interest’ in Felix, but that has ramped up in recent days with the side’s poor form in front of goal.

The Blues have scored just five goals in their last nine matches in all competitions – in a run that has seen the team beaten on six occasions. Chelsea, who sit in 10th-place in the Premier League table, have scored just 20 goals in their opening 17 top-flight matches. Astoundingly, this is one less than Manchester City’s Erling Haaland , who has played fewer games, too.

Despite almost £300million worth of talent arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer, with two of those players being attackers, Chelsea have really struggled this season. It’s been difficult all over the pitch, with the defence being poor sometimes, the midfield on occasions non-existent and the attack proving too predictable and slow in recent matches. Chelsea’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season is summer signing Raheem Sterling.

The 28-year-old has netted six times in the top- flight since arriving from Manchester City for around £50million in the summer. Below that is pretty grim reading for Chelsea supporters, too. Kai Havertz is next on the list with five goals to his name, then it’s Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jorginho all with three strikes. The assists have not been free-flowing from Chelsea’s attackers, either, in what has been a very underwhelming season so far.

Sterling has the least minutes per goal or assist in the Chelsea squad. The England international has played 1,609 minutes of football (in all competitions) and has scored six times and recorded three assists in the process. This means it takes Sterling around 178 minutes to either score or set his teammates up. Next on the list is Mount. The Cobham graduate has played more minutes – 1,686 – than any of his fellow attackers and has three goals and six assists to his name this season. This means every 187 minutes, Mount is directly involved in a goal, theoretically. The rest of the list are as follows:

Havertz – five goals, one assist in 1,553 minutes – 258 minutes per G/A.

Aubameyang – three goals, one assist in 813 minutes – 203 minutes per G/A.

Broja – one goal, one assist in 465 minutes – 233 minutes per G/A.

Pulisic – one goal, two assists in 798 minutes – 266 minutes per G/A.

Ziyech – N/A as he is yet to register a goal or assist in 420 minutes on the pitch.

Felix in comparison.

Felix has only featured 16 times for Atletico Madrid this season – registering a total of 957 minutes. The lack of football hasn’t been due to injuries, it’s purely been tactical from Diego Simeone, and that may indicate why Felix is determined to leave the Spanish capital. In the 957 minutes he’s played, however, Felix has an impressive record.

He’s been directly involved in eight goals; with five goals and three assists to his name, meaning it takes him just 119 minutes to find the net or set up one of his teammates. Felix has played virtually all over the front line for Atleti this season. He has been used most as a central striker, a No. 9, but he has also been deployed in a more creative role, slightly deeper.

Felix can also be used on the left-hand side and cut in on his favoured right foot. It’s one of the many reasons Chelsea are so keen on bringing the former Benfica star to the club as soon as possible. A deal is very close to being made official and Felix should become Chelsea’s fourth signing of the January transfer window very soon.

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