Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The man, the myth, the legend. You heard about Pulisic earlier potentially joining the Sarri revolution at Stamford Bridge, well now it’s time to look at another player. The delightful Serb who currently plies his trade for Lazio. Reports have come out today that Milinkovic-Savic has gone AWOL from Lazio training, how true that is? Nobody knows. Naturally, that has led to speculation that Milinkovic-Savic is on his way to the Bridge. Is he? I doubt it. Regardless, let’s see how he stacks up in comparison to Chelsea’s other midfielders.
It was difficult to choose which of Chelsea’s midfielders he should be compared to because Milinkovic-Savic is an all-rounder. He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere. So, in the interest of keeping things as fair as possible, I’ve brought in Kante, Fabregas, Hazard and Willian to see how he marries up.
For me, this can be looked at both ways. From a pessimistic point of view, Milinkovic-Savic is not at the top of any of the lists which makes you wonder why on earth would Abramovich want to spend c£100,000,000 on him. However, if you look at the opposite side of the coin, he’s not bottom of any of them. That is the most important thing. He’s got an impetus about him that the likes of Willian perhaps don’t always show and if you were to play the Serb in alongside Kante and Jorginho, it’ll be a match made in heaven. More on Jorginho shortly.
Milinkovic-Savic Has A Real Eye For Goal
Only second to Hazard, Milinkovic-Savic has a real eye for goal and isn’t scared to pull the trigger, as you can see by his total shots per ninety minutes. With Willian potentially on the way to United and those Barcelona rumours still lingering regarding Kante, Milinkovic-Savic could fill either of their shoes, albeit, he’d do a much better job alongside Kante, rather than instead of him.
As you can see here, Jorginho is the more combative of the pair, so if Sarri did ask Roman nicely for his chequebook, the prospect of Milinkovic-Savic ever so slightly further forward is nothing short of mouthwatering. It’s almost a given that Sarri will go for the aforementioned three in the middle, so if the 23-year-old Serbian is convinced to move, you can imagine he will be slightly ‘more-free’ than Kante and probably Fabregas to do as he pleases.
One thing is certain. If Milinkovic-Savic is lining up for Chelsea come the start of the season, there is every chance that could usurp Manchester City as England’s top dogs.