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Wesley Fofana picks up Thiago Silva’s slack with 17-point haul in Chelsea’s much-needed win

You would be forgiven for forgetting that Wesley Fofana (£3.2m) played for Chelsea.

The 22-year-old cost £75million but the Blues have made such a habit of big-money transfers in recent windows that it’s not easy to keep track of all the new personnell.

Factor in the centre-back’s long-term injury and it’s understandable why his name has been scarcely mentioned of late but he made a statement on Saturday to gift Graham Potter a much-needed victory.

Fofana headed home a Ben Chilwell (£4.7m) corner to score what proved to be the only goal throughout Leeds’ visit to Stamford Bridge.

A badly needed goal

A badly needed goal

Prior to the Frenchman’s deadlock-breaker, it was a familiar story for Chelsea as they desperately struggled to convert possession and territory into goals.

More than anything, Fofana’s goal came as a great relief to a set of fans who hadn’t seen one from their team in 396 minutes of playing time.

Add in a clean sheet, a 7+ rating, plus the Star Man award (but minus a yellow card) and the former Leicester defender banked 17 Dream Team points by the final whistle.

In this sense, he very much filled in for the absent Thiago Silva (£5.7m) who is expected to be sidelined for approximately six weeks.

The veteran has continued to provide healthy returns this season despite his side’s broader problems – Chelsea remain tenth in the table.

Fofana made his return from injury against Southampton in Game Week 23 and he played 70 minutes when he replaced Silva away at Spurs but this weekend was his first start since October.

Slipping into the Brazilian’s shoes is no easy task in reality or in the realm of Dream Team but a talismanic winner and a 17-point haul constitutes an impressive effort for this Game Week at least.

Chelsea have had struggle scoring but their defence is relatively solid

Chelsea have had struggle scoring but their defence is relatively solid

In fact, no defender has mustered more points in Game Week 25 so far.

It’s doubtful that a 1-0 win over Javi Gracia’s relegation-threatened side will be enough to convince Dream Team gaffers that the Blues are blooming once again.

Problems in the final third persist but their defensive record actually isn’t too bad all things considered.

A run of three consecutive clean sheets from late January to early February proved to be profitable for the aforementioned Silva and Kepa Arrizabalaga (£3.3m).

Chelsea have conceded 25 league goals in 2022/23, the same as Arsenal and Man City – only Newcastle boast a better defensive record.

The problem is that they have only scored 24 goals themselves.

From a Dream Team perspective, it’s clear that their attack-minded midfielders and forwards should be avoided but there’s value to be had at the back.

At £3.2m, Fofana is very affordable right now but sensible Dream Team managers will wait to see what kind of damage he suffers at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night before assessing his viability.