Canadian youngster on way to Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea could move for Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett this summer, as the 21 year-old will then be out of contract.
The Canadian – who is also eligible to play international football for Jamaica – has been one of the few shining lights of a generally poor Blackburn season.
However, the trouble for the Lancashire team is not scoring goals.
Steve Kean’s side have hit the back of the net 34 times – the joint 7th most in the Premier League – with Hoilett chipping in with three of those.
The 54 they have conceded in 24 games though is almost laughable.
Still, at least the defensive side of the game is less Hoilett’s responsibility, and he has regularly been Blackburn’s most threatening player.
Chelsea released their annual financial results last month, and really appear to be attempting to adhere to the recent UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules.
A free transfer such as Hoilett would make a lot of sense for Andre Villas Boas, with Juan Mata seemingly being groomed to dictate play from the centre of the pitch.
Hoilett could then take his slot on the left flank, and his pace and trickery on that side would make him a real threat.
The only question for Chelsea is whether he is ready to step up to a move at a big club, but with only compensation likely to have to be paid to Blackburn, there would be little risk.