Video Evidence: Jerko Leko (Chelsea)

Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, the Blues have chased some of the world’s marquee players and brightest youngsters. It therefore comes as some surprise that The Sun link Carlo Ancelloti with a move for AS Monaco’s defensive midfielder Jerko Leko.

The Croatian began his career with Dinamo Zagreb in 2000. He was not an immediate success at the club and was sent out on loan to NK Croatia Sesvete.

On completion of his season long loan he returned to Zagreb and a much improved attitude aided his development, leading him to attain a regular starting berth for the 2001-02 season. In his two seasons at the club he helped the team win the Croatian Cup. His excellent form and dynamism led to a move to Dynamo Kyiv for €4m (a then club record). In his first season in Ukraine he helped Dynamo won the double.

In February 2006, it was announced that Leko would be leaving Dynamo Kyiv, having turned down a new contract offer. He subsequently signed for AS Monaco on a free transfer and since moving to the club he has made 84 appearances for the Les Rouge et Blanc.

Leko is a right footed defensive midfielder who is capable of playing anywhere across the midfield. He is tough, mobile and has an imposing frame as he stands at 6ft 1inch. His national team coach, Slavan Bilic, is a huge fan of his ability and he has represented Croatia 59 times.

At 29 he is in the prime of his career and Ancelloti may be looking to shore up his midfield before he loses some key midfielders to the African cup of Nations. However, here at 101gg we do not believe that he is of high enough quality to pull on the Chelsea shirt and compete in the long term with the likes of Essien, Ballack and Mikel for a central midfield berth.

Unfortunately there is not much video evidence of Leko but you can watch him scoring some goals here and here.