Brazilian midfielder Willian has joined Chelsea in a £32m move from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. With this signing, Chelsea can now boast of one of the most start-studded midfield squads in the world, if that wasn’t the case already. Willian joins the likes of Eden Hazard, Andre Schuurle, Juan Mata, Oscar, Victor Moses, Kevin de Bruyne, all of whom primarily play as attacking midfielders.
Jose Mourinho has continued his summer transfer splurge in extravagant fashion, spending close to £60m since his return to Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea. German international Andre Schuurle, Dutch midfielder Marko van Ginkel, and the latest acquisition, Willian have been Jose’s most documented signatures, while veteran shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer has also joined as back-up to Petr Cech on a free transfer from Fulham
Willian’s arrival further increases competition in the attacking midfield area, with 7-8 players, equally proficient, vying for 3 such positions. His decision to sign for Chelsea doesn’t really make any sense now, does it? Perhaps he should’ve taken a more northern route towards White Hart Lane.
Chelsea’s transfer rating: 6/10
Chelsea, in all probability, have concluded their transfer business for the season, although, the situation surrounding Juan Mata is still unresolved. Mata seems to have fallen down in the pecking order since Mourinho’s arrival, and the Spaniard might look to switch clubs if the right offer comes along.
There was never doubt over the quality of the Chelsea side which were crowned European champions for two consecutive seasons (well, the Europa League is a European competition too). The only position which needed reinforcement was plausibly the centre-forward one. A misfiring Torres, an ill-suited Demba Ba were not covering up for Chelsea’s striking frailties.
Instead, Mourinho has splashed the cash to strengthen an already world-class midfield. The Blues failed miserably in the pursuit of strikers this summer with Falcao, Cavani and Neymar all rejecting a move to West London. All these misadventures have culminated into the forced move for Samuel Eto’o, the 32-year old Cameroonian poacher who hardly has anything left to offer in Europe’s most physically robust league.
Mourinho’s relentless pursuit of Wayne Rooney looks to have subsided after the pacified United No. 10 signalled his intention to stay at Old Trafford for the season.
The newcomers will undoubtedly add value to the squad but their addition for now seems superfluous. Chelsea have brought in Schwarzer, who is an experienced and able goalkeeper, as cover for Cech, but their greatest acquisition of the summer remains The Special One himself, Jose Mourinho. All 6 points for you, Jose!
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