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Hargreaves: ‘Chelsea need a leader and Koulibaly’s that type’

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Owen Hargreaves has backed Chelsea’s plans of adding Kalidou Koulibaly to their roster as the Blues need leadership at the back.

Chelsea traveled to Germany to reverse their 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. However, Frank Lampard’s best-laid plans were undone at the Allianz Arena.

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace for Bayern Munich, with Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso also hitting the back of the net.

In the aftermath of their disastrous performance in Bavaria, there is a dire need for defensive reinforcement. Owen Hargreaves believes it is the right way for Lampard to build his squad for the coming season.

However, Hargreaves is of the opinion that the youthful Chelsea squad is in need of a goalkeeper first. 

“I think you need a leader and Koulibaly’s that type,” Metro quoted Hargreaves.

“He’s 28/29 and I think you need somebody in there to come in and command it.” 

“You’d love all the young players there don’t you, I think he’s got so many young players, but, I think the spine of the team he’s got to address, ‘keeper is probably the first one isn’t it.”

Rio Ferdinand agreed with his former teammate on the goalkeeper issue but believes that Koulibaly’s addition does not make sense businesswise.

“The problem with Koulibaly is that he’s 29 years old,” Ferdinand answered. 

“It’s dead money. You spend £70-80m to get him and that’s dead money, from a business perspective.” 

“Is that the right way that Chelsea want to go? Who knows.” 

“But I agree with Owen, the goalkeeper is an issue as well that needs to be sorted out.”