Sunday, 26 June 2011
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Now, finally we can say, Chelsea have a new manager, and its Andre Villas Boas, who returned to Stamford Bridge, but this time as a manager himself. So, we signed a manager, but not a new player. June is almost gone and Chelsea's pre-season is likely to begin soon, but there are no new faces in the camp. Every Chelsea fans are expecting new star players, as mathematically and sensibly, this is the last transfer window, in which Chelsea can spend big before the UEFA's financial fairplay rules creep in. You ask any Chelsea fan; he or she will certainly say, that we need a winger or a quality playmaker. Upto this point, those suggestions are really acceptable, but it astonishes me, when they say that we need a defender!!
Last winter, we spent at least 75 million pounds for two players, and we got a classy defender in David Luiz. David is the man, what Chelsea was looking after these days. To me, Luiz is a solid center-half and I hail him the most, as a Chelsea defender, after John Terry, Marcel Desailly and Ricardo Carvalho. So we got solution for a John Terry successor. The fans who claim that Chelsea need a new defender, mostly claim that we need a right-back. I feel its absolutely crazy. When you have Branislav Ivanovic, you need a good right-back?
Well, Branislav Ivanovic may not be that much adventurous like Maicon, Philipp Lahm or Sergio Ramos, but he is the ideal man, we need at that slot in the European theatre. Barcelona had been dangerous in the recent times, and we have seen they have exploited even Maicon or Sergio Ramos. But those two latter defenders dont possess some qualities, which Ivanovic has. Ivanovic's aerial prowess, his physical presence and battling nature are extraordinary and unmatched, and we have seen it in him in the Premier League. Believe me, he is the only one who is capable of checking Barcelona down his flank. And having a goal-scoring defender like him in a team is quite a pleasure. He decreases the pressure on our strikers with that, a bit, and increases the pressure on the opponent defenders, when he goes to attend a set-piece.
But, its true that I will love to have a new right-back. I think we can buy Gregory Van der Wiel from Ajax. He is young and a great talent, but I will only want Chelsea to buy him, if we sell Jose Bosingwa. Some reports which are actually rumours say that, Alex is mostly likely to leave Chelsea, for the arrival of David Luiz. I dont see it happening though. But even if it do happen, I dont expect Chelsea to do the transfer business, in the way speculations are going. Media reports are claiming that Chelsea are after Atletico Madrid defender, Diego Godin. From my point of view, I dont want this man. Rather I think, Chelsea should buy a German, and who can suit at Chelsea. Mats Julien Hummels of Brussia Dortmund and Benedikt Howedes of Schalke are good options.
The latest rumours say that Ashley Cole wants make a final move and wants to end up in Spain, with his girlfriend Cheryl Cole. Well, this rumour had been always there, but in a different way, in the past two summer transfer windows, but it actually ended, with Ashley staying at Chelsea. I just dont know, if it will happen finally or not, but a soucre close to Ashley Cole said:
So if this happens, we will miss our star defender, who had been out-of-form last season. But at the same time, I think Ryan Bertrand and Patrick Van Aanholt are ready to prove themselves as Chelsea's future left-backs. Media reports also claim that Sergio Ramos can move too. If that happens, I think Chelsea will certainly be indulging themselves in a player-swap deal, which may conclude Ashley Cole been swapped with Sergio Ramos. That means either of Ramos or Ivanovic will partner Terry in the center, and Luiz will move to left-back.
But still in the end, I will keep on admitting that we dont need a new defender, unless we sell one.
Written By: Prad Ghosh (ChelseaViewer)
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