Ake’s 2016/17 in numbers – Should Chelsea sell?

According to reports from Mirror Football, Bournemouth are keen on a deadline day transfer swoop for promising Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake.

The Dutchman began the season on loan at the Vitality Stadium but was recalled by the Blues at the start of January – a combination of their fixture schedule heating up, injury concerns and Ake’s impressive form for the Cherries.

Indeed, although the utility man struggled to claim a starting berth at the beginning of the campaign, he quickly fought his way into Eddie Howe’s plans, operating alongside Steve Cook at the heart of defence.

As our infographic shows, in addition to chipping in with three goals, Ake hugely impressed for Bournemouth defensively, registering 18 tackles, 19 successful aerial duels and a staggering 73 clearances.

Antonio Conte is clearly fond of the Netherlands U-21 and utilised him as a left wing-back during the 4-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup last weekend.

But he certainly wouldn’t be the first Chelsea youngster to find himself moved on for a decent fee after impressing on loan – with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne the other prime examples.

So, should the Blues cash-in on Ake, or would they be wise to hold onto the youngster?


 


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