Vecino (Chelsea Target)

Matías Vecino

Vecino is a 26 year old Uruguayan midfielder coming off some good performances for them at the World Cup. The deal reported to be under discussion is for about $42M. Sarri is keen on adding Vecino, who he worked with at a prior club  (Empoli) to work alongside Jorginho in midfield. His favored role is defensive midfielder, which should free up some attacking players to focus less on their defensive duties. While playing for Uruguay at the World Cup he showcased his ability to win aerial duels averaging almost 2.5 successful per game. While at the world cup he averaged nearly 2 interceptions per game, 1.5 tackles and averaging 50 passes with just shy of an 84% completion rate.
Although his club statistics aren’t as glowing, they have a much larger sample size. During Serie A play he made 29 (Serie A) appearances scoring 3 goals and assisting 2 additional while averaging an 88% pass completion (on 55 passes averaged per game)rate across the season. With Inter, he average 1 successful aerial duel per game, 1.5 shots per game, 2 interceptions and 1.5 tackles per game. While being mostly a defensive focused player he averaged one key pass per game meaning that he has good creativity and likes to contribute to other phases of the game.
He does commit a lot of fouls, across those 29 Serie A appearances (25 starts, 4 appearances off the bench) he acquired 7 yellows and a straight red card (inside the first 19 minutes he was sent off against Juventus) for fouls.

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