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We have lost that African power we used to have, by the sounds of it Kessie would bring it back. And his name is similar to Essien. Sign him up!

I have seen too many "next Yaya Toure" flops like Mvila, Song or Kondogbia to make a judgement on Kessie after just one good season.

I only follow a few teams in Serie A, so I cant really say much about the quality of Kessie.  However, one of the more upvoted threads (and in my opinion a quality read) over on the CFC section on

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I only follow a few teams in Serie A, so I cant really say much about the quality of Kessie. 

However, one of the more upvoted threads (and in my opinion a quality read) over on the CFC section on Reddit was this one:

https://www.reddit.com/r/chelseafc/comments/5l59bd/why_we_needs_kessié_conte_tactical_analysis/

It is written by a guy who seems to have followed Conte for a while (probably a Juve fan), and the main point he makes in it is about what kind of CM Conte is looking for. Basically, it is someone like Kante. He wants two midfielders who can run, run and then run some more while being able to defend. His argument is that the CM's are the ones giving our wingbacks the opportunity to run forward more, and that it is enough combined with constant pressure and ball-winning to win games. 

In other words, we are not looking for players who's best abilities are related to creativity, but ones who are very athletic. Matic is probably considered too slow by far to fulfill his role, and it is therefore we are looking for additions there. Kessie is very raw, but from what I have read he is a physical monster who also shows potential of becoming much more than that. Bakayoko would also fill the description. 

Regardless, surely it seems like this will be one of our transfer in January? Atalanta might push for more money, but they are not large enough to really resist for too long. If Romano is reporting it, there is clearly interest from our side. The Guardian also reported it earlier. 

Some comments from reddit regarding Kessie:

"Good with both feet, good passer of the ball, good long shot, is all over the place, fast, strong. Modern B2B. A less defensive version of Essien with better technique if I have to draw a parellel with someone from Chelsea's recent history. But I think he will make his own name in the world of football, seems really well balanced as a CM"

"A bit smaller, 183, but yeah, he has it all really. If he matures and ages according to what he shows now he will be a great midfielder, capable of just about any role in the center of the park. He already seems to be very calm on the ball, and chooses the right pass or shot a lot of the time. This Atalanta team has some great youth going"

 

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According to SportItalia calciomercato journalist Matteo Pedrosi, Chelsea are set to relaunch their efforts in bringing in Atalanta’s midfield enforcer

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30 minutes ago, the wes said:

According to SportItalia calciomercato journalist Matteo Pedrosi, Chelsea are set to relaunch their efforts in bringing in Atalanta’s midfield enforcer

Chelsea in talks to sign Franck Kessie

http://www.offthepost.info/blog/2017/01/chelsea-talks-sign-franck-kessie/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+offthepost%2FTLAa+(Off+The+Post)

 

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58 minutes ago, Unionjack said:

He's normally a good source maybe chelsea will buy him and loan him back to Atalanta till end of the season 

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Just now, the wes said:

He's normally a good source maybe chelsea will buy him and loan him back to Atalanta till end of the season 

Its what most people have suggested eh.Only know what Ive read and vids Ive seen but lad looks ok.

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3 hours ago, Unionjack said:

Its what most people have suggested eh.Only know what Ive read and vids Ive seen but lad looks ok.

What I read about him he sounds like he very similar to essien in style I'm sure Drogba will put a good word in the wee lad ear about chelsea 

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Chelsea still in talks with Atalanta over possible signing of Franck Kessié

 Discussions between the two clubs ongoing for Ivory Coast midfielder 
 Chelsea likely to have to wait until summer to conclude any deal

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/05/chelsea-atalanta-talks-franck-kessie

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Agree the deal this month and let him stay to end of Serie A season. Good prospect but would be better playing for Atalanta every week as opposed to 15-20 mins every week here. Would also give him a pre-season to get to know the squad and players better. 

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On 1/4/2017 at 9:24 AM, manpe said:

We have lost that African power we used to have, by the sounds of it Kessie would bring it back. And his name is similar to Essien. Sign him up!

I don't like watching YouTube videos of players best goals and assists because it doesn't show what he does for the rest of the match. But after watching his all his touches for three different games against empoli, Juve and Roma, I've changed my mind about kessie. Sign him up!!!

He plays like a young yayatoure. He's two footed, opens up and makes himself for passes, can spray long passes to the wingbacks with both foot, he's strong as hell and excellent at holding the ball under pressure, so dembele and wayanma can't bully him off the ball easily without committing fouls, he has the stamina to get up and down the pitch, he can use his strength to dribble out of tight spaces, he loves one two's (hazard will love him) and he can shoot and score from midfield. 

He's the best available box to box we can land in january and he's young so he can only improve under Conte. The YouTube channel is fansjuvecomps and Juve fans want him so bad. 

 

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14 minutes ago, kellzfresh said:

I don't like watching YouTube videos of players best goals and assists because it doesn't show what he does for the rest of the match. But after watching his all his touches for three different games against empoli, Juve and Roma, I've changed my mind about kessie. Sign him up!!!

He plays like a young yayatoure. He's two footed, opens up and makes himself for passes, can spray long passes to the wingbacks with both foot, he's strong as hell and excellent at holding the ball under pressure, so dembele and wayanma can't bully him off the ball easily without committing fouls, he has the stamina to get up and down the pitch, he can use his strength to dribble out of tight spaces, he loves one two's (hazard will love him) and he can shoot and score from midfield. 

He's the best available box to box we can land in january and he's young so he can only improve under Conte. The YouTube channel is fansjuvecomps and Juve fans want him so bad. 

 

You just sold me. I have never seen the fella play I admit, but what I have read and seen sounds and looks like exactly what we need.

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2 hours ago, kellzfresh said:

I don't like watching YouTube videos of players best goals and assists because it doesn't show what he does for the rest of the match. But after watching his all his touches for three different games against empoli, Juve and Roma, I've changed my mind about kessie. Sign him up!!!

He plays like a young yayatoure. He's two footed, opens up and makes himself for passes, can spray long passes to the wingbacks with both foot, he's strong as hell and excellent at holding the ball under pressure, so dembele and wayanma can't bully him off the ball easily without committing fouls, he has the stamina to get up and down the pitch, he can use his strength to dribble out of tight spaces, he loves one two's (hazard will love him) and he can shoot and score from midfield. 

He's the best available box to box we can land in january and he's young so he can only improve under Conte. The YouTube channel is fansjuvecomps and Juve fans want him so bad. 

 

Don't you think he's a bit too erratic on the ball? If you look at his performance against Juventus, You'll notice that he lost the ball a number of times under pressure. Another thing I have noticed about him is that his decision making is off a lot of times because I have seen him go for a dribble even when there is a teammate in wide open space. Moreover, His dribbling is decent no doubt but countless times the ball has ricochet off the defender in his favor indicating that he is probably not the cleanest dribbler. He is physically as good as it gets but on the ball, I think he might struggle.

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1 hour ago, manpe said:

You just sold me. I have never seen the fella play I admit, but what I have read and seen sounds and looks like exactly what we need.

He has his weakness, but his powerful shooting, strength, two footed long range passing and opening up for teammates to find him is better than what I've seen from Kante and Matic so far.

2 minutes ago, Mufassir08 said:

Don't you think he's a bit too erratic on the ball? If you look at his performance against Juventus, You'll notice that he lost the ball a number of times under pressure. Another thing I have noticed about him is that his decision making is off a lot of times because I have seen him go for a dribble even when there is a teammate in wide open space. Moreover, His dribbling is decent no doubt but countless times the ball has ricochet in his favor indicating that he is probably not the cleanest dribbler. He is physically as good as it gets but on the ball, I think he might struggle.

He's no Verratti or fabregas but I absolutely love players who get their heads up as the ball is rolling towards them and gives first time passes easily, especially if they're two footed. 

Against Juve, when he lost the ball, it was from behind by mandzukic coming back but you can clearly see his strength against anything in front of him. And about decision making, that's the best you can get from a box to box. He's not Verratti or fabregas who make the best intelligent decisions all the time but in terms of the type of box to box midfielder CONTE likes, I can see why we are scouting him. 

You can see that Conte prefers strong, goalscoring, box to box midfielders like Pogba rather than small playmakers like fabregas and there's some similarities with younger Pogba I'm seeing with this guy.

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14 minutes ago, kellzfresh said:

He has his weakness, but his powerful shooting, strength, two footed long range passing and opening up for teammates to find him is better than what I've seen from Kante and Matic so far.

He's no Verratti or fabregas but I absolutely love players who get their heads up as the ball is rolling towards them and gives first time passes easily, especially if they're two footed. 

Against Juve, when he lost the ball, it was from behind by mandzukic coming back but you can clearly see his strength against anything in front of him. And about decision making, that's the best you can get from a box to box. He's not Verratti or fabregas who make the best intelligent decisions all the time but in terms of the type of box to box midfielder CONTE likes, I can see why we are scouting him. 

You can see that Conte prefers strong, goalscoring, box to box midfielders like Pogba rather than small playmakers like fabregas and there's some similarities with younger Pogba I'm seeing with this guy.

But Pogba technique wise is on an another level than Kessie. I'm just worried that with a midfield of Kessie-Kante, we might be a bit too limited on the ball in midfield.

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Never say never but we wont dominate with Ngolo-Kessie. Its just not possible.

If you put Verratti next to them, then the situation is completely different.

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1 hour ago, Mufassir08 said:

But Pogba technique wise is on an another level than Kessie. I'm just worried that with a midfield of Kessie-Kante, we might be a bit too limited on the ball in midfield.

 

58 minutes ago, BlueLyon said:

Never say never but we wont dominate with Ngolo-Kessie. Its just not possible.

If you put Verratti next to them, then the situation is completely different.

I wish we can get Verratti. Honestly that would be incredible, a player who is solid defensively, quick, can pass like fabregas and can tackle. But I'm having doubts that we can get him. 

I read a tactical post from a Juventus fan on Facebook about Conte saying that Conte wants midfielders who can be a number 6 or 8 at any point in the match. Verratti is world class in this role, modric is another but in our team right now both Matic and kante are only good defensively but woeful attacking wise. Fabregas is world class in attack but terrible in defending. 

Kessie is not worldclass in both, but like yayatoure, like Spurs showed against us with dembele, these type of midfielders who are good on both sides can be as valuable as they come. He is still young, but I see potential because he already has the physique, shooting, positioning, dribbling and passing technique naturally. Conte can Forge him into something great like he proved with Pogba. 

If this is a Conte signing I'm all for it, because Conte has proved that if there's any position he is a master of players abilities, it's midfield. He was amidfielder himself  

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