By Daniel Feliciano

6th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Scouting expert: Chelsea didn't need to spend £70m on Wesley Fofana

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Chelsea didn’t need to spend £70m on Wesley Fofana this summer and took a risk with his signing, according to Dave Azzopardi.

The Blues finally completed their drawn out pursuit of the France Under-21 international at the end of the transfer window when he signed a six-year-deal at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea agreeing a £70m fee with Leicester City.

But after a serious injury last year and the club already having a plethora of central defensive options, Azzopardi believes the fee was “hefty” and he wasn’t a player they particularly needed during this transfer window.

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There’s no denying he’s a top player,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

He’s a good footballer. I think it’s a slight risk I suppose from Chelsea’s point of view because he’s just come back from a long term injury so it will be interesting to see how he gets on and if he has recovered completely from that injury and can still carry on playing at a top level.

“The £70m for me is quite hefty.

“We saw Chelsea spending a lot on areas that, they probably didn’t need to spend this much on a centre-back at this time.

“He’s a good player though obviously.

“I think the way he went about getting this transfer was probably a little bit wrong but from what Brendan Rodgers said it was probably his agents rather than representing the player.”

Fofana has featured twice for his new club now, starting against West Ham in the Premier League and in the Champions League defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.

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