Chelsea’s first team squad has featured a number of promising young players this season.
Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham have all risen through the ranks to play for Frank Lampard after impressing for the Blues at academy level.
Last year, Christian Pulisic was signed from Borussia Dortmund too, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also tipped for great things in west London once he has fully recovered from injury.
Stamford Bridge is becoming a place where the stars of tomorrow can prove themselves, and that has spurred speculation that other talented youngsters could join Chelsea in the January transfer market.
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Lille’s 20-year-old midfielder Boubakary Soumare is one such player to have been linked with the Blues due to his breakout season in Ligue 1.
He has appeared in 18 league games and six Champions League matches to boot, and has also been mentioned as a potential signing for Manchester United too.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are two other clubs to have been named as suitors interested in his progress – but it is the Blues who have most often been touted as contenders for the midfielder from London.
What kind of impact could Soumare make in the Premier League with Chelsea if they signed him?
To find out just how big an impact he could make we used popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and try to predict the future.
Here’s what happened.
Boubakary Soumare to Chelsea
To set up this simulation, we booted up the Football Manager 2020 editor and arranged for Soumare to join Chelsea on January 1st for a fee of £35 million, using the valuation stated in a deep-dive analysis article of Boubakary Soumare published on Football.London.
We then simulated the entire 2019/20 season on the game, to see what kind of impact the…