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Guehi targeting Premier League football, wary of Chelsea’s loan system — report

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Decisions...

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Marc Guehi is arguably the best-performing player in Chelsea’s loan army contingent. The 20-year-old has already been proclaimed to be one of, if not the best centre back in the Championship, and that is indeed high praise for someone who only made their foray into senior football a little more than a year ago.

Guehi appears to be enjoying his time at Swansea City — who are 3rd in the table and have conceded the third-least amount of goals in the league (29) — but will no doubt want to prove himself at a higher level come next season.

Championship clubs by SOT against per 90 (2020-21)
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According to the Athletic (via One Football), the England U21 international wants to try his hands at Premier League football next. He would obviously prefer to continue with Swansea itself, should they get promoted, but he’s open to the idea of going to a different club that will give him the opportunity to test his mettle at the highest level.

However, he is seemingly wary of being stuck in Chelsea’s loan system, and would rather move on permanently should Chelsea not give him an opportunity come the summer, although he is open to the idea of having a buy-back option inserted into his next deal. Of course, the Blues would prefer to extend his contract first, which expires in 2022, before making a decision on his future.

A jump from the Championship to a Premier League heavyweight like Chelsea is by no means an easy feat, and not even ideal for the development of a young player, but we have seen the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James flawlessly overcome those hurdles.

With Antonio Rüdiger, and possibly Kurt Zouma’s futures up in the air, we have only three CBs that we can rely on for next season currently, and that is even assuming that Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva extend their contracts, so there should be just about enough space in the squad for Guehi to stake his claim, even if Chelsea sign a new centre back.