Kingsley Coman’s first season at Chelsea following summer transfer predicted by Football Manager


Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is being linked with a move to Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window, amid speculation around Christian Pulisic’s future at Stamford Bridge.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Chelsea are interested in Coman should the Bavarian side look to cash in on the Frenchman, who will have two years remaining on his contract at the end of the season, although the report does also state that both Manchester City and Manchester United could emerge as rivals for his signature.

The 24-year-old has been in good form for the German side this season, providing nine assists and scoring three goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances so far in this campaign.

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This got us thinking, what could happen if Chelsea did manage to pull off the signing of Coman in the 2021 summer transfer window ahead of next season? And, what kind of impact could he have at the club?

To have a bit of fun and try to predict the future, we used Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen with Coman at Stamford Bridge.

We ‘signed’ Kingsley Coman for Chelsea in Summer 2021

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to arrange for Bayern Munich forward Coman to join Chelsea in the summer 2021 transfer window, using FM21 to run our simulation.

Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman could serve as a replacement for Chelsea winger Pulisic, according to recent reports
Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman could serve as a replacement for Chelsea winger Pulisic, according to recent reports

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.

In addition, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms which check for outliers and data discrepancies. Data accuracy is further ensured by input from contributors who are active within the professional game (players, agents etc.) who provide regular feedback.

This is how Coman’s profile looks on Football Manager 2021, as of July 2021 in-game.

Kingsley Coman's FM21 profile
Kingsley Coman’s FM21 profile

We then simulated the entire 2021/22 season on the game, to see what kind of impact Coman could have at Stamford Bridge next season.

Before we begin the rundown of the simulation, in addition to the manual signing of Coman, Chelsea also signed defender Theo Hernandez and Benfica midfielder Julian Weigl, someone who worked with Tuchel previously at Dortmund.

Olivier Giroud and Jorginho were also sold for decent money.

Here’s what happened!

Kingsley Coman‘s 2021/22 season for Chelsea

It’s fair to say that Coman was a real favourite of Tuchel’s throughout the 2021/22 campaign, with the French winger playing a lot of matches for the Blues in all competitions.

Let’s take a closer look at how Coman got on.

Coman's stats for Chelsea on FM21
Coman’s stats for Chelsea on FM21

The current Bayern winger made 52 appearances in all competitions for the Blues in the 2021/22 season, of which 46 of those were starts, with the Frenchman appearing in 36 of Chelsea’s 38 Premier League matches.

Across all competitions, the winger scored eight goals and provided eleven assists, averaging an impressive match rating of 7.30.

Coman had an xG of 10.85, so his goal return of eight potentially could have been slightly better, but he wasn’t too far off.

The 24-year-old was one of Chelsea’s main creators, with only Mason Mount registering more assists in all competitions.

Coman's stats compared to his Chelsea teammates on FM21
Coman’s stats compared to his Chelsea teammates on FM21

In addition, Coman provided 85 key passes, with only Kai Havertz providing more across all competitions, showcasing Coman’s role inside the team.

At the end of every campaign on FM21, the game generates a best XI for each side based on a number of key metrics, giving players an idea of their best-performing eleven players.

Chelsea’s best team at the end of the 2021/22 season was as follows: Mendy; James, Zouma, Tomori, Chilwell; Mount, Weigl, Kante; Coman, Havertz, Werner.

Chelsea's best XI on FM21
Chelsea’s best XI on FM21

With Giroud sold, Tuchel made Havertz first choice in attack, with the German having a sensational season, playing as a false-nine.

Werner most often featured from the left as an inside forward, whilst Coman most often featured on the right as a creative winger.

So, with how did Chelsea perform in all competitions in our simulated 2021/22 season?

The Blues didn’t have a great season in the cup competitions, going out of the domestic cups early on and the Europa League at the quarter-final stage.

So, what about the Premier League?

Here is how the final 2021/22 PL table looked in our simulation.

The FM21 predicted PL table
The FM21 predicted PL table

Unfortunately, Chelsea could only manage a fifth place finish in the Premier League, with all the teams above them investing significantly in new signings, which saw the Blues left behind somewhat.

Interestingly, the 66 points from 38 games is identical to the points total that former boss Frank Lampard managed in the 2019/20 season, so if anything, Chelsea went backwards in this campaign. As a result, Tuchel was sacked at the end of the campaign in our simulation.

Football Manager predicts that although Coman would be a good signing individually, Chelsea may need to make significant investments in other areas of the team too, in order to compete with Man United, Man City and Liverpool next season.

As always these simulations are just one way of predicting a player’s potential impact, but it’s interesting to see how Coman could perform for Chelsea, if the forward did sign for Tuchel’s side this summer!

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Football Manager (FM) is the world’s leading football management simulation title. The latest edition of the game, FM21, is out now on PC, Mac, Mobile, Touch and Xbox.

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.





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