Chelsea have had a bid accepted for Derby County full-back Dylan Williams, who is expected to develop into an excellent winger, according to reports.
Tuchel wasted no time in putting his preferred wing-backs system in place at Stamford Bridge.
The formation has brought out the best in Reece James and Ben Chilwell while also revitalizing Marcos Alonso’s Chelsea career.
Last season, the system underpinned Chelsea’s march to Champions League glory. A back five is here to stay as long as Tuchel is in charge.
So it’s no surprise that Chelsea have made a bid for Derby County’s Dylan Williams, according to Sky Sports. That offer, according to the outlet, has been accepted.
This season, the 18-year-old has broken into Wayne Rooney’s young side on the left side. Williams has appeared in eight Championship and EFL Cup games this season.
Williams is primarily a left-back, but he can also play further forward in left midfield. As a result, he could be an ideal candidate to play at wing-back.
Indeed, Nizaar Kinsella, Goal’s Chelsea correspondent, stated that Wiliams will play in the academies once a deal is completed. The Athletic confirmed this, stating that he will join the Under-23s right away.
Via the Athletic, Rooney said: “We have agreed a fee with a Premier League club for Dylan Williams. I couldn’t stand in the way of his opportunity.”
Rooney did not name the bidding club, but both the Athletic and Sky Sports have confirmed that it is Chelsea.
With their offer accepted, negotiations to finalize the move are said to be at a ‘advanced stage.’