How Cesar Casadey adapts to teenage Chelsea after his €20m transfer

Center ChelseaTransfer record spent this summer, midfielder Cesar Casadei arrived from Inter Milan was somewhat ignored.

Normally, the fact that Chelsea spent an initial €15m (£13.1m; $15m) on a 19-year-old with a further €5m of add-ons potentially generating a lot of fanfare and scrutiny.

But when the club commits over £250m on new talent and fires their Champions League-winning coach, Thomas Tuchel, just seven games into the campaign, you can see why the teenager is not in the spotlight now. This actually proves to be a good thing.

Chelsea considered loaning him when they bought the midfielder in order to immediately give him some first-team experience – his closest match to Inter was an unused substitute at Sassuolo in February. But the club decided against that because they felt the best thing for him was to have a chance to settle in Chelsea, to feel what the place is all about and to be a part of things.

The academy also felt it was important to give him the opportunity to learn English, something that would obviously be crucial if he wanted to develop into a potential first-team player. He has a basic understanding of the language but is now taking three lessons a week to become more fluent.

This was not an opportunistic purchase. It was discovered and was on the radar of Academy Director Neil Bath for some time. The fact that he scored an impressive 24 goals and made seven assists in two seasons for Inter Milan’s Under-19 team naturally caught the club’s attention, especially since 17 of those goals came in 2021-22 to help the team. Italian Serie A The club wins the U19 Championship. He also played with Italy as they reached the round of four at the European Under-19 Championship this summer, the tournament England He will continue to win with the Chelsea youth Harvey Valley And the Carne Chokwimicawho joined from Aston Villa In a deal worth up to £20m after the tournament, he is in the side.

You might suspect that his arrival for such a large fee might cause suspicion, jealousy and anxiety among some of his new teammates. However, it didn’t take many training sessions for everyone to be convinced of its quality. Understandably, it was quickly accepted by all.


Casadei has arrived from Inter Milan in a €20m deal (Picture: Darren Walsh/Chelsea via Getty Images)

To say he didn’t enjoy the best of starts is an understatement, as he suffered the shame of being sent off for yellow card infractions on his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Sutton United in the EFL Cup. But he showed great strength in his character to go back after only three days by scoring in his first goal Premier League 2 games to help secure a 2-0 win in Everton.

on Saturday, the athlete Take the opportunity to see him in the flesh for the first time and see if the noise is justified. While the first team participated in a friendly match behind closed doors in Brighton, a match was arranged due to the English Premier League match with Liverpool Postponed, Casadei was the most expensive player on the pitch as the Chelsea Under-21 team was unbeaten. Crystal Palace Under 21s in front of just over 600 people in Selhurst Park.

This was a real test at this level. Crystal Palace is a good team, very aggressive and fast. Every time a Chelsea player focused on the ball for so long, their opponents put pressure on them in a jiffy.

In the early stages, the match seemed a bit quick for the young player. Playing alongside Lewis Hall ahead of the four defenders in a 4-2-3-1 formation, he gave the ball away a few times with ease. On one occasion, the target cost almost as Malcolm Ebiwe Cut inside and shot over the bar.

During an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, he was asked about people comparing him to Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as well as how he studied Inter duo Marcelo Brozovic and Nikolo Barilla. He replied: “I like him (Milinkovic-Savic) a lot because of his characteristics and the way he plays, he is a player that I take inspiration from. But to reach those levels you have to work a lot.

“At Inter, I obviously look at the midfielders, especially Brozovic and Barilla: they are great champions. What am I going to steal from them? Barilla’s intensity and Brozovic’s calmness with the ball.”

At first, it was difficult to reconcile these ambitious comments with the player overtaking in the opening minutes. But the longer the first half progressed, he began to dictate play and look at the turn.

Chelsea have helped sign sensational winger Omari Hutchinson, from whom they have signed ArsenalThe Academy, as an outlet on the right. In fact, he was stealing the show, scoring in every half and hitting a superb 25-yard free kick against the inside of the post.

But good players always seem to be able to find a little extra time and space to express themselves. Two amazing passes from Casadey’s cross to Dylan Williams and Dion Rankin impressed the Crystal Palace fans.

He didn’t cause many threats in the first half, which was surprising considering he’s a midfielder. A member of the Chelsea camp made it a highlight the athlete In the interval that this was unusual for him. Apparently he was taking turns with Hall to join the attack or return for cover.

Coach Mark Robinson may have said a few words in the first half because Cassady was more up front in the second half. Hutchinson’s second goal came because of the Italian. At 6 feet 1 inch tall, Casadei has already earned a reputation in the air. You can see it rising majestically to head Derek Abo’s cross towards goal. It took a massive save from the guard Owen Goodman To deny him, but the ball went straight to Hutchinson to find the net on the counter.

He was rewarded, albeit fortunately, after another run in the area when Hall’s shot hit him and turned the corner to give Robinson’s side what looked like a comfortable 3-1 lead. You could argue that he made his luck by getting into a dangerous situation in the first place.

Encouraging he has come back to nullify Crystal Palace’s counter-attacks on more than one occasion, with fair and erroneous means, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Chelsea tried to receive two goals in the last 10 minutes to leave with a 3-3 draw. The visitors’ sure-pass game was gone and Cassady was one of the people who did as he pushed Crystal Palace forward to put more pressure on. This was the time Chelsea needed his confirmation of possession. However, she couldn’t hear him claiming the ball from others around him, and taking the lead. Perhaps it will happen when he feels more comfortable in the English language.

However, there were a lot more positives than negatives and two goals from three games are a good comeback. Chelsea will be assessing things again in January to see if the loan would suit him better, but there was enough evidence during his presentation at Crystal Palace to explain why he bought the club in the first place. It remains to be seen if it ends up proving value for money.

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