(VIDEO ) This Is Why Chelsea Signed David Datro Fofana 2022/23 – Best Skill
Chelsea are exploring striker options ahead of the January transfer window following Armando Broja’s anterior cruciate ligament injury which will see him miss the rest of the season
Chelsea look set to complete the signing of David Datro Fofana from Molde in an £8.6million deal ahead of the January transfer window. The Blues began exploring a number of striker options after Armando Broja suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a friendly against Aston Villa.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Youssoufa Moukoko had all emerged as potential targets but it seems Todd Boehly will instead opt to sign Fofana. The 19-year-old has scored 15 goals and provided a further five assists for the Norwegian outfit so far this season.
Fofana has just one year left on his current deal at Molde and is said to be discussing personal terms ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge. Boehly has focused on signing talented youngsters since completing a £4billion takeover at Chelsea earlier this year, spending close to £300million in his first summer transfer window.
The Blues are looking to get the jump on their Premier League rivals by acting on their January plans before the transfer window opens. So, with that being said, football.london has taken a look at David Datro Fofana and what fans can expect of him once his move to Stamford Bridge is finalised.
Who is David Datro Fofana?
Fofana is a 19-year-old striker that plays for Molde in Norway. He has already been capped at international level for his nation, Ivory Coast, and has scored 22 goals in 65 appearances for his club.
Fofana is 5ft 9ins tall but already has strong physical attributes that would allow him to perform in the Premier League. The Ivory Coast international started his career with Academie de Foot Amadou Diallo de Djékanou in his home nation before moving to Molde in 2021.
What will be bring to Chelsea?
Fofana relies on his physicality to hold off and beat opposition players with his pace and strength. Despite being just 19 years old, he has an impressive technical ability and can use skill to beat defenders and open up space for himself to create chances or take shots at goal.
Fofana predominantly plays as a centre-forward but can also play on the right wing due to his electric speed and dribbling qualities. He is composed inside the penalty area and is comfortable with striking the ball on either foot, though has more goals (8) with his right foot compared to with his left (4).
He is strong in the air due to his impressive jumping ability, making him a threat with the ball at his feet and from set pieces or crossing situations. Graham Potter’s track record regarding developing talented youngsters could see Fofana become an all-round, physical striker later in his career as he is very much a raw talent at present.
What has been said?
A video has emerged on social media of Fofana being asked who his favourite club is. The Ivorian forward smiled and responded: “Chelsea!”
Fabrizio Romano revealed on Thursday morning that the Blues were closing in on a deal worth around £8.6million with personal terms still being discussed between the player and club. According to Fraternite Matin, via TeamTalk
, Liverpool were admirers of David Datro Fofana as they looked to reinforce their attacking options but it seems Chelsea have beaten their rivals to his signing
David Datro Fofana 🇨🇮💙
His dream club is Chelsea… 😍😍😍😍
this is written in the stars 😊 pic.twitter.com/4qz32R63uu
— Anil Chhetri 🇳🇵 (@Anil_Bluez) December 15, 2022
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