Chelsea’s defence has been of great concern this season as the backline has been responsible for their poor results and form. The now-porous defence used to be the strongest and toughest to break down last season and recent ones, both in England and across Europe. But the same crop of defenders have now been responsible for 23 conceded goals in 13 Premier League games thus far, and with 25 games still to go, it is unimaginable how much more they will still let in if no changes are made pronto.
Chelsea conceded only 32 goals all through the Premier League last season, and the defensive-minded handler is keen to get his side back up again, and has decided to cut short the loan of his promising central half, Michael Hector, who is currently with his former club and Championship side, Reading FC.
Chelsea secured the services of the highly rated defender in summer, but immediately loaned him back for the whole season as he wasn’t likely to break into the Chelsea team as at then. But desperately in need of defensive reinforcement, Mourinho wants him back by January. But Reading aren’t willing to let him go that early, and the club’s Chief Executive, Samrit Thanakanchanasut, has confirmed Chelsea’s interest.
The Jamaica international has featured in 14 of the 17 league games so far and is still part of their plans. Samrit said: “Chelsea want him back early, but I think we’ll retain him as we agreed until the end of the season.”
Reading are currently on 7th position after acquiring 27 points thus far, and picking up just a win in their last 6 games. Hector has helped with 10 defensive actions per game – the joint-highest at the club, and has won 22/39 tackles, though he has committed 2 defensive blunders too.