Monday, 12 July 2010

Luis Suarez ideal replacement for Veteran Anelka

PORT ELIZABETH, June 27, 2010 Uruguay's  Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal during the 2010 World Cup round  of 16 soccer match against South Korea at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in  Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on June 26, 2010. Uruguay won 2-1 and  qualifies for the round of 8.
Luis Suarez, new beholder of the "hand of god", and the man who was vital to the Uruguay national team as they made it to the semi finals of the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay were without doubt the biggest surprise in the tournament as they made it to the semi-finals.

The South Americans played a 4-4-2 formation similar to Chelsea when it came to their attack. Their 2 strikers operated similar to Chelsea front men Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka.

Suarez operated as a partner in strike for Diego Forlan, he kept drifting to the left and right flank and consequently putting in crosses for Diego Forlan to meet. It seemed similar to the way Anelka operated for Chelsea putting in balls for Didier Drogba.

The Uruguayan striker managed 49 goals in 45 appearances last season for Ajax Amsterdam. At the age of 23 he has already managed a total of 96 career league goals. Furthermore, he has been capped by Uruguay 36 times scoring 13 goals.

Luis Suarez was recently linked with Chelsea but then over time the speculation cooled and there was no reported contact from either side. Manchester United are also big admirers of the striker and have been invited by Ajax to place a bid for Suarez.
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Pace and quick feet are two of the signature features of Suarez that may remind us of Nicholas Anelka. The reigning Dutch Footballer of the Year also has similar long range striking ability that we often see in Nicholas Anelka.

Having played as a supporting striker for Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Marko Pantelic throughout his Ajax career. His ability to support and score could prove to be invaluable for Chelsea.

With Nicholas Anelka also nearing the end of his career this 23 year old could be a like for like replacement. But it is up to Italian Carlo Ancelotti to see whether a like for like replacement would be the best fit?