Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Special Article on Perreira - "You and Me Aint the AVB"

The summer transfer window will close tomorrow, and media, clubs and their eager fans are getting very keen to know, who will come to their clubs in the fianl two days. Chelsea, as always under Roman Abramovich, had been a significant club under the watchful eyes of the media in the transfer windows. In the notable last transfer window, we bagged Fernando Torres from Liverpool and David Luiz from Benfica in the dying hours.

Similarly, we are quite busy in this window too as it seems now. The recruitments of Courtois, Romeu, Lukaku, Mata, Davilla are aint quite enough to Villas Boas as rumours suggest, as he is in a pursuit of Modric, Perreira, etc.

Many sources, even a suspectable, unverified twitter handle which claimed to be of Alvaro Perreira's, announced that the Uruguayan is heading to Stamford Bridge. 

But many Chelsea fans seem to be very reluctant to welcome the wing-back to the club, as they are claiming, that Chelsea already have Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand, Patrick van Aanholt for the left-back spot. Rather they want a flying right-sided player. It is surely acceptable, that, while Cole is ageing, it will be more encouraging to see Bertrand or van Aanholt to fill in his boots. If it happens, then we wont have to think about that spot for a decade or so, as they are young, combined with the fact, that they are homegrown and will reduce some total wages (if we dont buy a left-back).

But, you and me aint Andre Villas Boas! We dont know, how will he line up Perreira, if he does get his services in the next two days. Our past managers had been different. Back in the times of Claudio Ranieri, teams generally used to play in a basic 4-4-2. And so every team needed wingers. All teams had wingers in their arsenal, and notably we had Damien Duff, Jesper Gronkj├Žer, Mario Stanic, and Geremi and Joe Cole in a way too. Mourinho relied on width more than Ranieri did, and so he had the likes of Duff and Robben, who were lethal against any opposition. After the departures of Duff and Robben, we really lacked width over the years.

Managers like Grant, Scolari, Hiddink and even Ancelotti depended much on his midfielders to win games for them. That idea worked in a different way and it did give Carlo a double in his 1st year in charge. But as soon as we became predictable for the lack of width, our juggernaut of prevailing over other teams was checked, which ultimately did cost Carlo his job. 

In the most part of the last season, Ancelotti stuck to a basic 4-3-3, and he didnt change that formation, even when was loosing during the match. He replaced man to man, like strikers for strikers, holding midfielders for holding midfielders. Elsewhere, the scenario was quite different when it came to AVB's job as a Chelsea manager. For instance, we fell behind to West Brom in our first home game, and AVB reacted quickly after half an hour, by changing the formation and bringing on Malouda, instead of Kalou, which ultimately resulted being fruitful.

Alvaro Perreira is undoubtedly an AVB man. He was an important member of his treble winning squad last year at FC Porto. Villla Boas usually used him as a left-back or a left-midfielder, but never used him in the forwards of his favoured 4-3-3. Perreira's position is the same in the Uruguay team also. But, we never know what AVB is gonna do with him. Perreira has a good agility (which is better than Malouda) and can deliver some pin-point crosses into the box without taking much time (which can fuel Torres). Many suggest Perreira is a replacement for the current Anzhi winger Yuri Zhirkov at Chelsea, while at the same time they think that Zhirkov was better than Perreira. In my opinion, Perreira is a Uruguayan and played in Portugal, where conditions dont really differ much to that of England's. Being a Russian, Zhirkov never really adapted to the England atmosphere, but on the other hand, i believe, Perreira can.

Villa Boas is currently in the pursuit of a Modric, but if he fails to recruit him (or a player like him), he will have the same creative problems. In that case, who knows that our manager can use Mata as the 'Modric' while pushing Perreira up in the forward line, where the latter hadnt been tested yet? AVB is promising and we all expect him to be experimental. Roman Abramovich has more faith in him, so I can see Perreira to be used as a winger more often, rather than to be as a left-back or left midfielder, if he does complete his move to Chelsea. 

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