The Case For/Against Todd Kane

Over the next few days we will examine 11 Chelsea prospects in every position on the pitch and analyze their potential for the first team in the future.

GK- Jamal Blackman
RB- Todd Kane
CB- Andreas Christensen
CB- Tomas Kalas
LB- Jay Dasilva
DM- Ruben Loftus-Cheek
CM- Lewis Baker
CAM- Izzy Brown
CAM- Lucas Piazon
ST- Dominic Solanke
ST- Patrick Bamford

Case For Todd Kane

When you think of a Mourinho player you think of someone that is hard-working and would do anything to see his team succeed. That has been Todd Kane since his very early Chelsea days. Kane has been a lifelong Chelsea fan and has been kissing the badge for years. The hard work and and dedication is a result of his determination to become a regular on Chelsea’s first team.

He was a true standout for Chelsea during his younger days. He performed consistently and was a star on the pitch from a position that is rarely seen as game-changing. Kane has all the offensive attributes you want from a modern-day right back. He is fast, hard-working and is a good crosser of the ball. Some might point to his age (22 at the start of next season) and say that he will never break through. It must be remembered that Ryan Bertrand was 23 and went through 7 lower-division loans before finally earning some significant first-team minutes.

Case Against Todd Kane

The reality is, Kane will be 22 at the start of next season and he has only played one full season consistently. Injuries have hampered his progress and they have also made it difficult for him to hold down a spot during most of his loan spells. Even during a few of those, Kane has been used as a utility player in various positions on the pitch. Next season will also be the final year of his contract and, while Chelsea will likely be interested in resigning him, Kane has admitted that he might have to make a career for himself elsewhere.

Even more troubling for Kane is that Chelsea have acquired a few right backs (Wallace and Christian Manea) since his graduation from the academy. While Wallace has not been a major revelation, Manea is seen as a very bright young prospect. Kane’s attacking game is by far the best developed of the three at the moment, but his defense can be a major liability at times. He has good size at 5’11” and is a smart player, but it appears that Chelsea still want more from their next right back.

Outlook

If Kane can earn himself a new contract next season then he will likely have a future at Chelsea in some capacity. The addition of Manea is the real wild-card for both Kane and Wallace but it could also be incentive to push them. A major advantage right now is that Ivanovic is aging and will not be able to maintain his spot forever. The downside is that Azpilicueta is young and could be reverted back to his natural right back role. Expect Chelsea to offer Kane a contract, but it is possible he will explore his options at the end of next season.

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