In a new series of articles, FantasySports.co.uk will analyse the likely formation and performance impact that players would have on some of the Premier League’s greatest clubs. Today, we ask the question: ‘How would Roma player Alisson Becker fit in at Chelsea?’
Our analysis series is to assist Fantasy Premier League managers in understanding the impact Alisson Becker could have next season in the English top-flight.
Analysis: How would Roma player Alisson Becker fit in at Chelsea?
Brazilian international Alisson Becker joined AS Roma in the summer of 2016. He had solidified himself as one of Brazil’s top up and coming goalkeepers at Internacional. Yet, his first season in the Italian capital saw him back-up former Arsenal shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny.
Alisson was promoted as the first team goalkeeper following Szczesny’s departure for Juventus. Although some Serie A watchers may have wondered with a cynical mind just why Alisson was given the starting position, he quickly proved he was up for the job.
The shot-stopper played in 37 Roma Serie A matches last term, proving his fitness and stability in goal. Roma won 22 times in his 37 matches. He allowed just 28 goals and finished second in clean sheets behind Napoli’s Pepe Reina with 17.
His impressive play in goal led to Roma qualifying for the Champions League. The team finished third behind champions Juventus and second-place Napoli. Roma’s defence gave up the second fewest goals in the league with just 28.
Chelsea already have a great goalkeeper in their squad. However, Alisson could be a good long-term replacement for Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian played 35 times for Chelsea last term. He secured 20 wins for the club while in goal. Courtois finished third in clean sheets with 15 behind David De Gea and Ederson. He gave up 34 goals as Chelsea finished in fifth place.
Fantasy Premier League managers have no guarantee that Alisson would be an improvement over Courtois. Chelsea’s current disarray leaves so many question marks that FPL managers may think twice before drafting a Blues’ player. Alisson’s play in Serie A last season was great, but he could digress in Chelsea’s team. Alisson may be a good addition on paper, but FPL managers must consider the rest of the Chelsea squad before adding him to their team.