What Wesley Fofana did on his debut vs West Ham that the Chelsea faithful will love
The 21-year-old went straight into Thomas Tuchel’s side and made himself a hit with the Chelsea allies from the off
Chelsea fans were blessed to receive an introduction for one of their mid year signings against West Ham, and they weren’t frustrated.
Wesley Fofana was thrown straight into the activity and given a full home presentation by Thomas Tuchel in a bid to support what has been a defective protection up to this point this season. The Frenchman couldn’t assist with keeping a perfect sheet at Stamford Bridge yet couldn’t do much about one or the other goal, with both coming from more backline blunders.
The new No.33 had a handy dandy accessory close by him at the back, as he began with the accomplished Thiago Silva on his left side and Chelsea’s momentum star Reece James to his right side.
It contributed a feeling of relative solace for Chelsea, who traveled through the greater part of the match without giving David Moyes’ side a lot to work with, yet they likewise neglected to contribute proceeding. It permitted Fofana a calm presentation, particularly with magic Michail Antonio deciding to target Silva for level rather than Fofana.
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He finished the match with a decent arrangement of measurements which back up his strong execution, playing the second most passes on the pitch with 92 – twofold that of every West Ham player, at a noteworthy fruition pace of 89.1%.
When called upon, the 21-year-old showed alarming rate to recuperate and kept up the forceful external community back job that Antonio Rudiger abandoned. With three handles – the joint most on the pitch – and two clearances, Fofana, while not tried by a dulled Hammers attack, was great regardless.
The feature of his game was the response he displayed to Kai Havertz’s late winner. Showing up in the midfield as Ben Chilwell attacked, Fofana sunk to his knees when Havertz volleyed in and focused on the sky in happiness.
His showcase of enthusiasm matched that of Marc Cucurella who, following Conor Gallagher’s red card against Leicester last end of the week, was outwardly disappointed by his part in the move.
Even though enthusiasm alone doesn’t win matches, seeing Fofana in his new home and praising with such inclination is something Blues fans will very much want to see, particularly after a London derby triumph.