Ian Maatsen could help Chelsea F.C. save millions.
Chelsea Football Club news update:
Since the start of the year 2000, Chelsea have invested substantial sums on a wide range of players, establishing itself as one of the most affluent and ambitious teams in football’s modern era.
Nevertheless, despite this allegedly limitless pit of wealth. the Blues have a number of domestic options that can help them advance players from the junior academy into the first-team fray.
Given his present success on loan at Championship leaders Burnley, Ian Maatsen is one Cobham academy player who might earn a spot in Chelsea manager Graham Potter‘s lineup in the not-too-distant future.
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The Clarets, who were demoted from the Premier League last season, have made an impressive start to life in the second tier of English football. They are currently sitting in first place, have lost just twice, and are eight points ahead of Blackburn Rovers in third place, who hold the position below automatic promotion.
The 20-year-old Dutchman has made 17 appearances in the Championship and has two goals and four assists while also contributing to seven clean sheets and acting as a creative outlet down the left-back while never failing to meet his defensive responsibilities.
Manager Potter will notice his all-encompassing approach, which will work well for Chelsea. He may get a chance in the first team with the hope that he will be let loose as soon as possible.
Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella, for instance, signed for prices of about £50 million and £60 million, respectively, so the club could be wise to think about the talent already at their disposal rather than investing more money in this specific area.
Maatsen has managed to amass a 6.98 average rating while playing for the Lancashire-based team, according to Sofascore. He has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, and 1.2 clearances per game while also producing eight big chances and 0.9 shots on average.
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Maatsen responded forcefully against QPR after his team’s performance levels had declined prior to the season’s break to prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He scored a fine goal and earned a 7.5 match rating to put things right and lay the groundwork for more outstanding performances.
He made a significant contribution to the “controlled” victory, as Burnley correspondent Alex James put it in reference to Maatsen’s goal against the Hoops. Should he continue to impress, he will undoubtedly move up the footballing food chain.
Potter will undoubtedly have been intrigued by his style of play since, despite his youth and inexperience, the 20-year-old is quickly becoming into a tough player.
Peter van der Veen, Maatsen’s Netherlands coach between U15 and U17 level, once referred to the £11k per week star as a “tough cookie” and a “dangerous” asset, and he is already well on his way to building a respected and prosperous career.
He has built the foundation and blended the brick and cement, and now he must keep climbing and adding layers to complete an amazing debut for a bright future.