In a recent report, evening standard Chelsea are said to be considering bringing in Ajax midfielder Ederson Alvarez in January this year. It has been mentioned that the Blues have shown their interest in securing the Mexico international’s services during the winter transfer window.
Alvarez’s impressive form in Dutch football
Alvarez has been doing well for the Amsterdam club lately as he is responsible for many consistent performances in the center of their midfield. The 24-year-old made 41 appearances for Ajax last season, scoring five goals and providing one assist in all competitions.
The Mexican sensation is commendable for averaging 2.0 tackles, 1.4 steals, 1.5 clearances, 1.4 shots and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Eredivisie. In the Dutch top flight, he has a success rate of 86.4% and he is neat even when distributing the ball forward (data from score).
Alvarez’s contract at the Dutch club expires in the summer of 2025, so it wasn’t easy for Chelsea to land him on the cheap during the January transfer window.
What will Alvarez bring to Chelsea in January?
Alvarez loves tackles and can time his challenges well to keep the ball for his team in the center of the park. He can provide decent protection for his teammates at the back and doesn’t take too many risks clearing the half court. Alvarez is primarily a defensive midfielder, but he can also play as a central midfielder or centre-back if his manager asks him to.
The Mexican sensation could even get involved by scoring his fair share in the attacking third. The Ajax midfield ace is also a decent dribbler and fits perfectly with Graham Potter’s style of play at Stamford Bridge.
We can expect Alvarez to bring more energy to Chelsea’s midfield and increase his competition for the matchday squad spots. The 24-year-old will only improve over the next few seasons and already has what it takes to secure a regular starting spot at the west London club.
Therefore, Porter should consider arranging a huge sum of money to bring Alvarez to the British capital next year. However, only time will tell if he can handle the physicality and intensity of the Premier League.