‘He has the X factor’ – Chelsea surprised everyone by reaching agreement to sign the new Mbappe

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Scandinavian football expert Steve Wyss has admitted he was surprised Chelsea moved to sign Molde striker David Datro Fofana.

Fofana, who is also known as the Ivorian Mbappe, is blessed with pace and is a good dribbler but is still very raw in terms of his development.

“In terms of his football development, I didn’t expect him to be moving anywhere this winter, let alone Chelsea,” Wyss told The Athletic.

“I thought he needed another half-year at Molde, and then usually the route from Scandinavia leads to Belgium.

“He’s the sort of player you’d expect to end up at Genk or Gent, where the coaching is known for being good for attacking players and you can score goals against mediocre defences. Then from there you move to the next level. You rarely see a player signed from a Scandinavian league directly into the Premier League. It just doesn’t happen anymore.

“His ceiling is quite high, because he does have that X factor. He’s still very raw right now though, so I’d be expecting a loan move.”