Experts

‘He’s got that fearlessness about him’ A Chelsea expert’s view of Birmingham City loanee Jeremie Boga

Birmingham City have signed Jeremie Boga on loan from Chelsea.

The 20-year-old, who put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Stamford Bridge before linking up with Blues, will spend the season under Harry Redknapp.

What can the St Andrew’s faithful expect from their newest recruit?

We spoke to football.london’s Oliver Harbord to get the inside track on the attacking midfielder.

What can Blues fans expect from Boga?

He’s and out and out winger really. That’s the main thing. He likes to get the ball and really drive at players.

Chelsea fans haven’t really seen much if him because he’s another one of these who has been through the loan system. He was at Rennes then last season was at Granada where he scored against Barcelona, so he has got a bit of talent!

He’s definitely a decent player. He impressed in pre-season when he was out on the tour with Chelsea and he looked really, really good.

When Pedro got injured and he had to fly home, Boga was the man who had to step in and he looked impressive.

Boga’s only 20 so he’s got that fearlessness about him. He’ll pick up the ball and he’ll just look to attack defenders, really run at them and make things happen.

Will he cope with the physical nature of the Championship?

It’s a bit difficult to judge on this because he has only been on in Ligue 1 and La Liga. We know that they’re a bit more protective on wingers and tricky players.

Whereas in the Championship he will have to tough it out and I think that’s probably one of the reasons why Chelsea have sent him there.

He did start the first Premier League game of the season, he only got play 18 minutes though because Gary Cahill got sent off so we didn’t get to see what he was all about.

We know that he’ll have to put up with the bumps and the bruises and I think it will be a good test to see if he shies away from that challenge.

He’s going to be one of those players who will give you moments of brilliance but maybe fans will have to be patient with him in terms of consistency throughout the season.

Is he ready to play regularly in the Championship?

He’s definitely got the talent, there’s no doubt about it. And he played pretty regularly at Granada in a superb league. It’s just taking it on to the next level.

The Championship is a really good test for him and the fact that he can go to Birmingham and learn under Harry Redknapp makes it a really good move for him.

And obviously he’s signed a new deal to go with it which is often what Chelsea do.

There’s no doubt on the ball that he’s got the talent – it’s whether he can deal with the physically challenge and the number of games in the Championship as well.

Was a loan to a Premier League side feasible this summer?

Not this season. It’s a bit like Tammy Abraham last year at Bristol City. If Boga really shines the next step for him next season will probably be a Premier League loan away from Chelsea.

It’s a good level for him at the moment to be playing at.

He can do very well but I would say to Birmingham fans not to expect him to be blisteringly brilliant every week, he is only 20 and the consistency with youngsters often comes and goes at times.

Will he make it at Chelsea?

I think he’s a little bit behind some of the other loanees at the moment. There’s the likes of Tammy Abraham out on loan, Ola Aina at Hull City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Crystal Palace.

It’s difficult to say because of the way Chelsea use their loan system.

If he has a really good season then I think the next step would be a Premier League loan somewhere, and then if he shines, why not?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

three + eleven =