Frank Lampard has received a boost as Chelsea eye up Bayern Munich star David Alaba on a free transfer.
Chelsea are seemingly in the running to sign the 28-year-old. So what would Alaba bring to Frank Lampard’s squad and how could any potential signing impact on Chelsea’s current squad?
One of Alaba’s key assets is his versatility. The Austrian has featured regularly at left-back, centre-back and in central midfield for both club and country. Predominantly a left-back in his early years, the emergence of Alphonso Davies has seen Alaba shift into a central position in Bayern’s defence.
Alaba was a key man in the heart of the Bayern defence during their incredible 2019/20 season. Bayern won the Treble in a historic season for the Bavarian giants. Their Champions League success was iconic for their unrelenting pressing and attacking threat. However, Bayern only conceded three goals in five knockout matches, with Alaba instrumental in the defensive solidity.
At left-back, Alaba was a Champions League winner in 2012/13. Once again, he was part of an obdurate defence which allowed only two goals against in seven knockout games on the way to the trophy. Alaba has also featured in central midfield on occasion, particularly for Austria.
Leadership and experience
Should Lampard sign the Austrian, he could be guaranteed winning pedigree and leadership quality. Much like the signing of Thiago Silva, who has had a terrific impact on Chelsea, Alaba’s experience of winning year-in, year-out would be a huge bonus for a young squad.
Lampard has admitted he has been surprised with Thiago Silva at 36. However, Alaba would arrive aged 29 and at the peak of his powers. The Chelsea boss clearly values the impact of leadership quality and Alaba fits the bill.
With 25 trophies won in his illustrious career at Bayern, Alaba would provide know-how and calmness in the biggest of moments. Much like Silva’s calming influence, the Austrian’s presence would emit to the less experienced, less trophy-laden players around him.
David Alaba’s pending availability will perk the ears of all of Europe’s leading clubs. However, links to Chelsea will not go away and Frank Lampard is sure to want someone of Alaba’s calibre at the club.
After convincing the likes of Silva, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to join his Chelsea project, Lampard will be quietly confident of convincing the Austrian superstar to Stamford Bridge.
With six months to go on his contract, Alaba will be looking at his next move. Chelsea should be interested. Players of this calibre are seldom available and it is not as if Bayern are particularly keen to sell.
It looks like Alaba wants a new challenge therefore, Chelsea should be looking to make him an experienced piece in an exciting, youthful project.