Chelsea desperately need a left-sided centre-back. The role has been played by Gary Cahill but according to Jamie Redknapp, the role doesn’t come naturally to Cahill.
21-year-old Chelsea defender Nathan, who is on loan at Bournemouth, has been tipped as a long-term solution for a left-sided centre back for Chelsea.
“Chelsea are crying out for a left-sided centre back,” Redknapp told Daily Mail.
“Gary Cahill has done well there this season but the position does not come naturally to him.
“Chelsea may go out and buy someone like Giorgio Chiellini but they could have a long-term solution on their books in Ake.
“The Dutchman is tenacious, has a good left foot and is brilliant in the air, despite only being 5ft 11 in. He is a top athlete and covers ground well.
“If he keeps his place, Ake will have had two years’ Premier League experience on loan at Watford and Bournemouth.
“He will have gone a long way to showing he could back to Chelsea to be part of their set-up in the next year or two.
“The last central defender to come through the youth system and become a regular at Stamford Bridge was John Terry.
“Could Chelsea have finally found another?”