Scouting Chelsea Transfer Target Adrien Rabiot

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28:  Perry Kitchen #23 of D.C. United battles for the ball against Adrien Rabiot #31 of Paris Saint-Germain FC during the World Football Challenge 2012 at RFK Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have a midfield full of talented stars, but the names being with the club continue on a daily basis it would seem.

This week Adrien Rabiot has been added to the growing list of midfielders Chelsea are reportedly chasing, with The Express suggesting they are among a host of potential suitors willing to snatch him from current club Paris Saint-Germain.

So what is all the fuss about? Bleacher Report digs a little deeper to give you the lowdown on PSG's talented youngster.

Who is he?

Coming through the ranks at Paris Saint-Germain, Rabiot is one of the rising stars of the French game.

He has been impressive for the Ligue 1 champions whenever he has appeared this term, but with more experienced—and expensive—players around him, his first-team opportunities are somewhat more limited than he would perhaps like.

He spent part of 2012-13 on loan at Toulouse and has represented France at various youth levels, making three appearances for the Under-21s side.

With Paul Pogba coming through at Juventus and beginning to look the real deal, the emergence of Rabiot means the French seem to have strength in depth in the middle of the park when it comes to their younger players who will no doubt be stars of the future.

In action against Chelsea in 2012.
In action against Chelsea in 2012.Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports


Playing style

Make no mistake, he may be just 18 years old, but Rabiot is one smooth operator.

The Frenchman is calm in possession and at times has a swagger not too different to his PSG teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Predominantly left footed, he has all the quality associated with players of a lefty persuasion, and while he has much to learn in the game, there's no doubting there is plenty in his repertoire right now to command a place in the starting line-up of most clubs.

Rabiot plays more central, operating between the defence and attack, starting offensive moves while breaking up the threat of the opposition.

In fact, his role is akin to how Frank Lampard has operated this season, although he looks a more natural fit.


What does the player have to say?

Regarding the reports of Rabiot appearing unsettled at the Parc des Princes on account of his playing opportunities, he was quoted in the same Express report linking him Chelsea:

"If I am to be set aside on the day where other players are recruited in my position, it is not worth it.

"I do not want to live the way Mamadou Sakho did. After a while, when he realised he would not play much, he took the decision to leave and he did well.

"If a new midfielder is recruited in the winter transfer window, it will change the game for me.

"I would then think about my future."


Do Chelsea need him?

Chelsea have a midfield crammed full of talent right now and given his relative youth, a move for Rabiot doesn't appear to be beneficial for both sides.

The youngster wants to be playing regular football, and with the big names that would be in front of him at Stamford Bridge, it would be a recipe for disaster.

Essentially, Rabiot would be changing clubs to be greeted by the same problems he believes he is suffering from now with his current employers.

What Chelsea require is an experienced head in the middle to complement all the youth they have coming through.

There's only so much talent hoarding one club can do, and purchasing Rabiot would be a negative for the player as, despite his ability, he would struggle to become an instant regular.

In a few more years, perhaps Rabiot would be ideal, but it's too soon for him at Chelsea.


Highlights reel

Make your own mind up on Adrien Rabiot from his highlights reel below.


Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes