4-3-3: Chelsea starting lineup with first major summer signing unveiled

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte

Chelsea are set to revamp their team by pursuing Radja Nainggolan. The player well known by his nickname “Ninja” is a highly talented midfielder and has struck up eye – catching performances in the last few years.

Although rumours swirl year in and year out that Nainggolan will depart the club; a move away has never truly been finalised.  Chelsea mean business this transfer period and are looking to snap up the £28 million midfielder and add him to the line – up. So who is the man that Chelsea are so certain of breaking into the starting 11?

None other than Radja Nainggolan. Nainggolan was born in Antwerp Belgium, a country he represents internationally. The 27-year-old is believed to be the man to help Chelsea return to their triumphant old selves. He currently plays for Roma where he has been absolutely influential; it is no wonder top European clubs are chasing his signature on a yearly basis.

He has been deployed across midfield be it in the more central attacking or solid rock as a defensive midfielder. Therefore his best position is one where he plays a combination of defending and contributions to attack.   He has the ability to get forward into scoring positions or creating chances for his teammates. However, he still remains well aware of his defensive duties and carries them out to expectation.

Chelsea are a team that are built around a strong and commanding midfield that can link up play and essentially win them games. Nainggolan will add that as he is a resourceful midfielder and worth the investment.

With Roma failing to beat the almost unbeatable Juventus to the Serie A yet again; or failing to progress well into the Champions league; Nainggolan may well reconsider his options to move. Although Chelsea are in no position to be offering him a Champions league spot next season; they have the quality and incoming  coach to get back to the top and challenge on all four fronts.

It appears future boss Antonio Conte is keen on the midfielder. Conte is known to be reliant on a compact midfield as he usually plays with a short passing and possession based game.
Therefore strength in midfield is key. During his time with Juventus, Conte deployed a 3-5-2 further showing his admiration for midfielders. It seems the stage is set for his role at Chelsea, only time will tell whether it will be successful.