Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is likely to be a Chelsea player before the start of the new season, according to lots of multiple credible sources, including Fabrizio Romano.
With the Blues closing in on a deal for the £54m-rated French defender, we have outlined 3 tactical formations Thomas Tuchel can play with the 22-year-old in his defense.
Option 1: 3-4-3 with Kounde
Thomas Tuchel has been playing with a back 3 all summer, and we saw him play that system a lot last season. He even used it in the Champions League final against Man City.
Kounde could slot right into Tuchel’s 3-pronged rearguard. That would mean lesser minutes for Christensen, Zouma, or even Rudiger if he’s not sold.
Option 2: Jules Kounde As Wing-Back
The Frenchman played just one game for France at the Euros, a 2-2 draw against Portugal where he featured on the right-wing.
Given Tuchel’s admiration for attacking wing-backs, Kounde could battle Azpilicueta and James for a starting right-wing-back position.
Option 3: Kounde In A Back 4
If Tuchel decides to play a traditional flat back 4 (unlikely but possible), Kounde could be one square peg in a square hole for the Blues gaffer.
Meanwhile, signing the fleet-footed defender would be a clear statement of intent from the Blues. It’ll definitely add some more glue to our backline.