Five reasons Chelsea fans should be excited about the arrival of Davide Zappacosta from Torino
A very little known name to most English football fans, Sky Sports have revealed that Chelsea have agreed a £23 million fee with Torino to sign right-wing-back Davide Zappacosta on deadline day. Here are five reasons why Chelsea fans should be optimistic about his arrival:
He loves putting balls in the box
Zappacosta delivered 1.7 crosses per game, compared to Victor Moses’ tally of 0.5 per game last season. Such deliveries will get the likes of Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi excited about the service that they will have, particularly with Morata having scored both of his two goals for the club with his head from crosses.
He knows the wing-back role perfectly
The 25-year-old has played in the wing back role for Torino for some time now, and also featured in the role when Antonio Conte called him up to the provisional Italian national team squad before Euro 2016. He didn’t make the final cut, but he knows the role well and he knows what Antonio Conte expects.
No-one knows what to expect
Much like Marcos Alonso this team a year ago, nobody quite knows who he is. Of course, scouts and football clubs will have a better idea, but they will still have their work cut out knowing what to expect when they come up against Zappacosta after the international break if he goes straight into the Chelsea side.
He will finally add competition at wing-back
With only Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso in the wing-back role, recent injuries and suspensions have led to Antonio Conte having to call upon more defensive minded players like Cesar Azpilicueta to fill in as a stop gap. With this signing, Chelsea will finally have a natural replacement.
Much like Victor Moses, the Italian has developed a reputation for his pace. It is a key part of his game and helps him to beat his man as he runs down the wing with his long marauding dribbles. That will translate well into the Premier League and will help him adapt quickly.