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Former Liverpool manager goes into detail on Koulibaly’s weaknesses – but says he’s similar to Rudiger

Chelsea announced the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly this morning, after the former Napoli defender rushed to America via London where he did his medical.

He’s now linked up with Thomas Tuchel and the squad in Las Vegas, where they will play their first preseason game.

What can Chelsea fans expect from the centre back? A quality player, we hope. Rafael Benitez was quoted in the Daily Mail discussing some of the strong and weak points of the Senegal star’s game.

“He can be guilty of losing focus and can be overconfident, but he has been hugely influential at Napoli and people I know and trust have told me that he has been the best centre-back in Italy during this time,” the former Liverpool manager explained.

‘This season will be the Premier League for him and he could be fine for the way that Tuchel wants to play.

“He has similarities with Rudiger – he is very good at running with the ball, he’s good with both feet.”

Anyone who stands a chance of replacing Rudiger – who also could be accused of having moments where he lost focus – sounds good to us. The German won’t be easy to replace, but Koulibaly looks to have as good a chance as anyone.

We doubt we’re likely to get a chance to see him in action when we play Club America later tonight, but on the other hand he should have enough time to adjust in order to play in the following games on this tour.

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