Chelsea could revive their interest in Lazio’s Senad Lulic with the 28-year-old understood to be looking for a fresh challenge after falling down the pecking order at Stadio Olimpico according to Talksport.
The boys in blue are 12/25 to beat Aston Villa for the fifth successive meeting and it’s likely that they’ll prefer the naturally right-sided Cesar Azpilicueta to Ashley Cole once more in Birmingham.
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Lulic, a 33-cap international for his Balkan homeland, joined Lazio in 2011 and began beaming his way into Chelsea daydreams two autumns back.
Known as ‘The Train’, his powerful 6ft frame combined, with great close control and some serious nip make him a formidable runner.
Such is his threat with the ball at his feet that opposition sides are often forced to double up to keep him in check.
He also follows in the Romans’ finest tradition of rampaging multi-purpose left-sided players, with former Biancocelesti man Aleksandar Kolarov currently bombing his way down the Manchester City flank.
He’d be unlikely to displace man of the season and Ballon d’Or contender Eden Hazard on the port side of the good ship Chelsea, but could rate an all-action contender for the long-term successor to Ashley Cole’s number three jersey.
Averaging a solid 2.5 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game in 2013/14 as well as 1.3 key passes and 1.5 dribbles this term he rates a solid and reliable customer.
Perhaps his only drawback, one he shares with current incumbent Azpilicueta is the fact that he’s naturally right-footed and as a result is most comfortable cutting inside.
Southampton’s recently-capped England international and life-long Chelsea fan Luke Shaw remains top of Chelsea’s full-back wish list but the Bosnian utility man may be considered a cut-price alternative.