Jeremie Boga is continuing to be a regret for Chelsea. The winger’s performances for Sassuolo have been immense for the neroverdi this season. Every time Chelsea fans watch him, they could well look at it in what could have been. But considering what has been going on recently, it can still be like how many Blues fans would ideally want.
Boga himself has been open about how he deserved more of a chance at Chelsea.
He recently said (via Daily Mail): “Every now and then, I wonder if I should’ve waited longer for my chance at Chelsea. But I had to play regularly and I was behind Hazard, Pedro and Willian in the pecking order. It’s not that they were better than me, but they were ahead in the hierarchy.
“No, I have no regrets. Antonio Conte didn’t talk to me very much. When he gave me my debut against Burnley, all he said was: “It’s your turn”.”
The winger has been in the centre of some transfer speculation. His brother-agent Daniel has already been open about him possibly wanting to return to Chelsea in the future. Links with Napoli have also come up. And the fresher reports have seen the Frenchman draw links with AC Milan too. If you like placing some cash on the outcome of transfer stories, the latest bet365 app now out and you can take advantage of their best odds as the transfer window nears.
This season, Boga is already having the best season of his life in senior football. The 22-year-old has played 15 Serie A games, scoring four times and assisting once. While four goals isn’t a huge tally. But the teams they have come against make them double the value.
He has scored against both Inter and Juve, also scoring against Bologna and Fiorentina. The only assist he got came in Sassuolo’s win over Verona. The assist proved decisive. Because of that, he has been one of the neroverdi’s most important players- even though Francesco Caputo and Domenico Berardi have been more productive.
Boga has completed 4.1 dribbles per game this season- more than any other Sassuolo player and the highest in the Serie A. While Boga plays only 0.9 key passes per game, it hasn’t been a special part of his armoury. It is something he has to improve on, but it is his searing pace that takes teams off guard.
Having said that, his final product is showing signs of improvement already. At Rennes, he had a tally of 0.4 key passes per game. It stood at 0.5 at Granada and at 1 during his time at Birmingham City. In his first season at Sassuolo, it stood at 0.6 too. And he is completing more dribbles per game this season than he ever did too.
These are the qualities that Milan have probably liked. Not just them, but it is something other clubs have been liking too. There has been an improvement in just about everything. And this is a player who is on the up.
As things stand, the rossoneri do not have a player like that. Rafael Leao does seem like that player, but he is still very young and raw. He has played only 12 games this season and five have been starts. Milan are taking their time with the Portuguese, who came to the club in the summer from Lille.
Boga is raw too, but he has played more senior football than Leao. And unlike the Portuguese, his main position lies on the left-wing. Leao was more of a striker at Lille and at Sporting Lisbon. There should be no fears that the Frenchman could spell the end of Leao’s Milan career.
For a player who is still improving, Milan could easily shell out some money. If things go well, his value will only increase once he reaches his peak.