Chelsea could sign £100m “world-class” Caicedo partner likened to Enzo

With nine wins, four draws and eight losses, Chelsea have endured a pretty torrid 2023/24 Premier League season so far.

Still, with three league wins on the bounce, a League Cup semi-final, and passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup secured, Mauricio Pochettino has a lot more to smile about than he did a month ago.

However, with the transfer window in full swing, things could get even better, as the latest played touted for a move to Stanford Bridge could be the perfect Moises Caicedo partner, and he has been likened to Enzo Fernández.


Chelsea look north for midfield reinforcements

According to reports from Spain, Newcastle United’s Brazillian midfielder Bruno Guimarães is seen as an ‘ideal addition’ to Chelsea’s midfield in the summer by the club, and his name has been resonating ‘in the corridors of Stamford Bridge’ for some time.

The reports claim that while the Toon do not want to sell one of their best players, the financial situation at the club regarding FFP may force their hand, with the report going as far as claiming that the former Lyon star’s days at St James’ Park are ‘numbered.’

However, Luke Edwards, the Telegraph’s northern football writer, revealed last month that the tenacious midfielder has a release clause in his contract, but it is worth £100m, and while Chelsea have shown a total willingness to pay those sorts of prices, it’ll still make the deal that bit more complicated.


That said, a midfield pairing of Guimarães and Caicedo or Fernandez might just be enough to tempt Todd Boehly and Co to once again dip into their enormous pockets.

How Guimarães compares to Enzo Fernández and Moises Caicedo

So, the Newcastle midfielder’s comparisons to the World Cup-winning Fernandez stem from FBref, which takes data from a vast swathe of professional football leagues from around the world, and in the case of players from the Premier League, they take players from Europe’s top five leagues, look at where they rank for specific metrics, and then create lists of those players who rank very similarly to one another.

In Guimarães’ case, the Chelsea man is the ninth most similar player to him across all of Europe’s top five leagues.

Similar Players to Bruno Guimarães per FBref
Rank Player Club
1 Douglas Luiz Aston Villa
2 Enzo Le Fee Rennes
3 Maxence Caqueret Lyon
4 Marcelo Brozovic Al-Nassr
5 Dani Ceballos Real Madrid
6 Alexis Mac Allister Liverpool
7 Vitinha Paris Saint-Germain
8 Jordan Veretout Marseille
9 Enzo Fernandez Chelsea
10 Youssouf Fofana Monaco

That said, how do the two Chelsea players actually compare to the Toon’s “complete midfielder”, as described by Talent scout Jacek Kulig?

Well, the first thing to note is that he is much more of a direct goal threat than his potential new teammates, registering one goal and three assists this season to Caicedo’s zero goal involvements and Fernández’s one goal.

However, when it comes to the trio’s underlying numbers, it becomes a slightly tighter affair.

Bruno Guimarães vs Enzo Fernández vs Moises Caicedo
Stats per 90 Guimarães Fernandez Caicedo
Non-Penalty Expected Goals + Assists 0.23 0.33 0.08
Expected Assists 0.13 0.10 0.06
Progressive Passes 7.55 8.13 5.00
Passing Accuracy 85.5% 84.6% 91.1%
Goals per Shot on Target 0.17 0.11 0.00
Goal-Creating Actions 0.41 0.27 0.25
Tackles Won 2.24 1.87 2.47
Interceptions 0.87 0.67 0.86
Successful Take-Ons 1.79 1.07 0.74
Ball Recoveries 6.22 4.53 5.56
All Stats via FBref for the 2023/24 Premier League Season

For example, the “world-class” Brazilian, as teammate Dan Burn dubbed him, emerges victorious regarding expected assists, goal-creating actions, goals per shot on target, interceptions, successful take-ons and ball recoveries.

In contrast, the Chelsea pair excel in other areas, such as tackles won, progressive passes and passing accuracy. Still, if you were to take an overall winner across every metric, it would be hard to argue against the Toon Titan.


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The 20-year-old could follow in the Portuguese legend’s footsteps in West London.

Ultimately, while it looks like it’ll be another costly transfer for the Blues to complete, Guimarães’ performances this season, combined with his underlying numbers, are evidence enough that he would be worth every penny and could form a brilliant partnership with either Caidcedo or Fernández – or both.

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