Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez has been tipped to make a shock departure from Stamford Bridge in the coming months should things not improve in west London with his time with the Blues so far having been ‘below expectations’, it has been reported.
Fernandez arrived on transfer deadline day in January for a then Premier League record transfer fee of £106m, though this has since been eclipsed to bring his midfield partner Moises Caicedo to the club.
However, his time at Stamford Bridge has hardly gone to plan, with the 22-year-old World Cup winner having enjoyed just 6 wins in his 27 appearances for the club, and just four of those coming in the Premier League.
By contrast, he has been on the losing side a mammoth 14 times, and reports in Spain suggest that he is growing tired of it.
As per Fichajes, the Argentine is ‘‘seriously considering his departure from the London club if his situation in the team does not improve under the direction of’ Mauricio Pochettino’, thanks to him not ‘having the prominence he expected.’
They add that this is ‘‘partly due to a football level below expectations’, and likely in part due to his position at the base of midfield last season, though he is now being asked to play further forward.
It comes just days after Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson questioned just how long Fernandez would stick around, asking ‘Enzo Fernandez is different class – a cut above the rest. But how long will he stand for this?’
They add that any departure would likely take place next summer, with the January window unlikely to fetch the market that someone of his calibre would be interested in.
He is under contract until 2031, however, which could make any departure rather more difficult than he would like.