Chelsea praised for not signing this international defender

Paul Merson believes Chelsea dodged a bullet by not signing Nathan Ake.

The Blues had the option to trigger a buy back clause in the 25-year-old’s contract but opted against doing so, which led to the Holland international joining Manchester City.

“Nathan Ake going to Manchester City has shocked me,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“Bournemouth got relegated and they let in about a million goals. I don’t think Ake really stood out as anything special there either.

“Chelsea had an option to bring him back to Stamford Bridge and never took it, even though they need centre backs.

“That suggests to me they think something is missing in his game. He might not be as good a fit at City as some people think.

“City are not the biggest team in the world. They struggle to defend set pieces at times, and Ake isn’t going to help them there.

“You never really saw hm trying to get players going or show much leadership at Bournemouth either.

“It was poor organisation at the back that cost them so many points, and that’s not only Eddie Howe’s fault.

“Defending is City’s Achilles heel and until they get that area sorted out they will struggle to challenge Liverpool. They still need another top-drawer centre back.”

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