Chelsea have officially confirmed that defender Malang Sarr has signed for the club on a 5 year contract.
The French U21 International may prove pivotal in the future as Frank Lampard looks to bolster up our defence, with a long-term mentality.
The deal has been made with a view of sending Sarr out on loan but it is understood that no decision has been made with a host of Bundesliga and Serie A clubs, including Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, offering good terms.
Marina Granovskaia has confirmed that the club will observe this initial loan deal closely, hoping to integrate him into the first team fold at Chelsea as soon as possible.
What sets him apart?
Malang Sarr shows a tremendous ability to step out of the defensive line and dribble past opposition players. In a match against Reims this season, Sarr pushed from the halfway line forward to near the opposition box, pulling 3 opposition players in towards him before calmly playing a lofted pass out wide. Malang Sarr’s calmness on the ball allows him to advance through this block without any worry and retain possession. This is helped by his speed, as we are yet to see him be outpaced by any opposition forward.
Another tool in Sarr’s armoury is his expansive passing range. Sarr can spray passes from one end of the pitch to the other with calculated height and power. While his previously mentioned long ball accuracy of 59% suggests sometimes, these passes are hit and miss, for someone who has just turned 21 years old in January of this year Sarr looks to have the vision of an experienced attacking playmaker. He is the perfect representation of a modern-day ball-playing centre-back, able to break down opposition defensive lines from the comfort of his own half.
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