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Enzo Fernandez set for new Chelsea role after $38.5m transfer completed

Enzo Fernandez has struggled to make an impression at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea's head coach Enzo Maresca has been thrown a curveball with a question about Enzo Fernandez that he might already have an answer to in the transfer market.

The Blues have been active in this summer's transfer window, with five new faces and six departures already confirmed. The majority of these transfers involve young players, but significant funds were involved in the acquisitions of Tosin Adarabioyo and Kiernan-Dewsbury-Hall, as well as the departures of Ian Maatsen and Lewis Hall.

Chelsea has pocketed just over £65 million ($83.5 million) from the sales of Maatsen and Hall to Aston Villa and Newcastle respectively, with additional funds coming from the £5 million ($6.4 million) move of academy star Michael Golding to Leicester.

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In terms of incoming players, after his contract at Fulham expired, Tosin was signed on a free transfer, rejecting offers from Tottenham and Newcastle. Dewsbury-Hall, on the other hand, turned down a move to Brighton to reunite with his former Leicester City boss Maresca at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea forked out £30million (£38.5 million) for his services and while Maresca certainly knows how to utilise the 25-year-old, Fernandez appears to have made another option clear. Since his £106 million ($136 million) switch to Chelsea, the 23-year-old has been used either in a pivot or as part of a three-man midfield, but he plays a different role for Argentina.

In the Copa America semifinal triumph over Canada, Fernandez was positioned in a deep midfield role and it's safe to say he excelled. He not only assisted Lionel Messi's goal but also misplaced just six out of 63 attempted passes, won five out of six duels and committed no fouls, showcasing a disciplined performance.

Liverpool's Alexis Mac Allister was positioned ahead of him in midfield, given the opportunity to make an impact in the final third - a role Dewsbury-Hall could potentially fill at Chelsea with Fernandez behind him. It's worth noting that Moises Caicedo and Conor Gallagher, if the latter stays at the club, will also be vying for starting XI spots.

However, based on that performance, Fernandez has hopefully demonstrated his best position to Maresca, leaving it up to the Chelsea boss to structure the midfield around him.

Liverpool.com says: Chelsea must improve a lot this summer if it wants to worry Liverpool this coming season. It's been a chaotic couple of years at Stamford Bridge under the co-ownership of American businessman Todd Boehly, and there's every chance that chaos will continue into the 2024/25 campaign. No need for Liverpool fans to worry about the Blues right now.