‘We are going to see’: Rafael Benitez charges new Chelsea FC signing - Football Roof

‘We are going to see’: Rafael Benitez charges new Chelsea FC signing

Rafael Benitez has questioned whether or not new Chelsea FC signing Kalidou Koulibaly shall be a dominant defender within the Premier League.

The Blues accomplished a £34m deal for the Napoli defender over the weekend to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s defence following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The Senegal worldwide has lengthy been linked with a transfer to the Premier League following earlier reported curiosity from Liverpool FC, Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United – in addition to his new membership Chelsea FC.

Koulibaly shall be anticipated to fill the void left by Rudiger after the Germany worldwide accomplished a free switch to Actual Madrid on the finish of final season.

Benitez, who beforehand managed Chelsea FC in 2012 and 2013, coached Koulibaly throughout his two-year stint answerable for Napoli between 2013 and 2015 earlier than taking on at Actual Madrid.

The Spanish head coach signed Koulibaly in a £6.5m deal from Genk on July 2014 earlier than the Senegal worldwide made 27 appearances underneath Benitez in his first season in Serie A.

Nonetheless, Benitez has expressed a few of his considerations about Chelsea FC’s new signing by way of his skill to make the transition from Serie A to the Premier League.

Benitez informed The Athletic: “He should enhance his focus at occasions.

“He might be responsible of shedding focus and might be overconfident, however he has been massively influential at Napoli and folks I do know and belief have informed me that he has been the perfect centre-back in Italy throughout this time.

“This season would be the Premier League for him and he may very well be high-quality for the way in which that Tuchel desires to play. He is analogous with Rudiger — he is excellent at working with the ball, he’s good with each toes.

“Is he a bit of bit too good? We are going to see what occurs at Chelsea. As I mentioned, in Italy he was high-quality as a result of he was so fast, however I doubt he shall be so dominant over right here.

“Aerial skill wasn’t his greatest energy however in Italy that mattered a bit much less and he was okay.

“It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how that develops within the Premier League however he was all the time very eager to be taught. He hung out with me and my workers after coaching classes to work on his heading and bettering his method.”

Koulibaly netted 14 objectives in 317 video games in all competitions throughout his eight-season keep in Naples.

The Senegal defender received the Coppa Italia and the Italian Tremendous Cup with Napoli.

The brand new Chelsea FC signing has been capped 62 occasions by Senegal.

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