Imagine Sneijder At Chelsea, It's Easy If You Try - John Lennon
Our preparations for next season have gone well so far (and I don’t expect it to change in tomorrow’s Rangers game). We started a bit slow with 1-0 wins over Portsmouth and Malaysia XI; this start didn’t please some Chels given the Portsmouth and Malaysia results were down to own goals. As the cliché goes, third is a charm and in our game against Thailand All Stars, we secured a 4-0 win. We went on to win 4-0 against Kitchee and 2-0 against Aston Villa. We have scored 12 goals conceded no goals in 5 preseason games played. Our preseason result is solid given the squad had to regain match fitness, learn Villas-Boas’ system and then gel together.
Every Chels I know is happy or at least satisfied with our preseason form. I’m also happy with our preseason form but I fear this form is hiding our problems. Last season, our game was skewed to the left side of the pitch. This is because we lacked a right winger. It was no brainer that Malouda created our most chances and scored our most goals in the league last season. When the midfield had the ball, they passed it to Malouda and expected a miracle. Given Zhirkov was injured and Sturridge wasn’t trusted to be rotated with Malouda, when Malouda’s form dropped, the whole team suffered. We need to sign a right winger to relieve pressure on the left wing; this will balance our play and make us less predictable.
We still need a creative midfielder, Benayoun is a quality player but if he gets injured, we will be in the same mess we were last season. We would have to rely on Anelka for creativity; don’t get me wrong, Anelka is a fantastic player but he is past his peak. The more we rotate Malouda and Anelka, the better their performances will be.
If I was to choose between a creative midfielder and a winger, I did go for a creative midfielder. If Bosingwa picks form, he will provide some width. I also expect Anelka and Kalou to provide some width. The priority should be a creative midfielder. If Spurs don’t want to sell Modric, we should move on to other targets. If Le Arse wants £40million for Fabregas, I don’t see how Modric is worth £35 million. For £35million we could sign Sneijder who is immense quality. Think of the positive impact a has-been like Deco had on our team, how much more Sneijder?
Right now, I will be happy if we sign any creative midfielder. I don’t want us to be singing our “should have, could have, would have” in January 2012 and then do what we were supposed to do this summer. There’s still some time till the end of the transfer window, let us hope we sign someone soon.
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