After many tweaking and adjustment, we can now say that something is certain — Antonio Conte has found his perfect formation and his first 11. Since the switch to a 3-4-3 formation, Chelsea have been perfect; 4 perfect results, 4 victories and 4 cleansheets.
As good as things might be now, we shouldn’t throw caution to the wind. A good team comprises of a great starting 11 with substitutes who can come in and get the job done, as well as back up for every position. Speaking about backups, one area Chelsea have grown strongly is in the wing-back position; Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have been excellent to say the least; but do Chelsea have adequate backup for that position? Ola Aina is still a youngster learning his trade, Branislav Ivanovic doesn’t have the pace to burst up and down the flanks and Pedro might be an option, but he hasn’t been tested yet. An injury to Victor Moses especially might not spell well for the club.
However, Chelsea have a diamond in the rough in another Blues youngster Todd Kane. The 23-year-old is one of those youngsters that’s so professional and nothing outside of football can distract him from his game. The Blues academy product has even said that he will like to play for Chelsea for the rest of his career. He has had amazing loan spells in the Championship, but it’s his loan spell in the Dutch league that has caught the eyes of many. He established himself as one of NEC Breda’s best players and produced many good displays.
While a majority of options we have as wing-backs tend to be more defensive minded, Todd Kane shares many similarities with Victor Moses. He works tirelessly on the flanks, has an eye for attack, is good on the ball and his delivery is amazing, not to forget his work rate.
Injury has so far blighted his career, which is why he didn’t go out on loan this summer, but Antonio Conte still rewarded him with a new 3-year contract.
He suffered a nasty ligament injury at the back end of last season, but he’s back in training now. While Conte might seek to strengthen the team in January, giving a player like Kane the opportunity to show what he’s got might be a good option. An appearance in the FA Cup might just be all we need to see who really Todd Kane is. Though traditionally a fullback, he’s the kind of full back that reminds one of Ashley Cole, and the Chelsea academy product will totally suit this new Chelsea system.