Club OFFICIALLY Confirms 6ft 4″ Tall CB Is Off To Chelsea In January – Chelsea Defensive Problem Sorted?
Chelsea’s defensive problems have forced Mourinho to look at replacement and long-term options and the Portuguese has identified on-loan central half and Jamaica international, Michael Hector as a possible solution to the backline woes. The highly rated young defender caught the eyes of Blues scouts last season due to his form for Reading in the Championship and was signed on transfer deadline for 4.5 million Pounds. He was however not included in Mourinho’s plans for the pre-season tour and was subsequently loaned back to the Championship side for more playing time.
Reading Chief Executive, Samrit Thanakanchanasut confirmed that the title holders are interested in cutting short his season-long loan by January, but they are keen to hold on to the highly rated defender until the end of the season as earlier agreed. The Blues have conceded 23 goals in 13 League games this season, a very poor record compared to their 32 goals in 38 games last season.
Having failed to get Everton’s John Stones and PSG’s Marquinhos during the Summer transfer window, they aren’t certain if the duo will be gotten by January, and Michael Hector is still feasible, even though he isn’t of same quality as the two.
For Chelsea to successfully bring him to the Stamford Bridge by January, they will have to pay Reading FC some compensation in order to cancel the other half of the loan duration. His arrival will likely see him break into the team early enough as he is said to be a good prospects, having the most defensive actions for Reading who are currently 7th in the 2nd tier League.
Captain John Terry was stretchered out last night against Tel Aviv, and it looks like a serious injury, Hector will come handy at such time when injury and poor form continue to harm the backline.