Chelsea Transfer News: Why Porto Striker Hulk Would Be a Terrible Signing

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMay 22, 2012

Chelsea Transfer News: Why Porto Striker Hulk Would Be a Terrible Signing

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    Porto have decided to lower their £85 million evaluation of Hulk to only £35 million, with Chelsea in pole position to sign him, according to John Edwards at the Daily Mail.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Are Chelsea going down the Porto road again?

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, this is a must-read article for you. 

    Here's why Hulk would be a terrible signing by Chelsea.

6. Porto's Reputation in the Transfer Market

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    Porto are notorious for inflating the transfer value of their players.

    Granted, the likes of Falcao, Ricardo Carvalho, Lisandro López and Deco lived up to their billing—most often than not, Porto players are overhyped and overrated. 

    If you haven't watched Hulk, don't listen to the hype surrounding him and re-confirm it by watching a two-minute highlight reel on YouTube.

    Watch him throughout the season with your own two eyes. There are several blatant red flags when it comes to Hulk, who is not worth £35 million. 


      Transfer Fee (year) Buying Club Worth the money?
    Ricardo Quaresma £21.6 million (2008) Inter Milan No
    Anderson £20.4 million (2007) Manchester United No
    Pepe £20 million (2007) Real Madrid  No 
    José Bosingwa
    £16.2 million (2008) Chelsea  No
    Maniche  £14.6 million (2005) Dynamo Moscow  No 
    Zlatko Zahovič £11.8 million (1999) Olympiacos No


    Don't forget about André Villas-Boas, who cost Chelsea £13.3 million just to release him from Porto—he's only a manager. 

    Quaresma, Bosingwa, Maniche and Villas-Boas have all been on Chelsea's payroll. It's an indictment on Chelsea's general management. 

5. Chokes from 12 Yards out

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    Hulk can be a liability when it comes to taking penalties. He's like Michael Owen—scores a few, misses a few. 

    Since 2009, he has missed four penalties, including one against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.

    Do people remember the miss? No, because he redeemed himself with a spectacular long range goal. 

    Given his inefficiency from the penalty spot, he'd fit in well with Bayern Munich. 

4. Fight-or-Flight? Fight Against the Weak, Flight Against the Strong

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    How many goals do you think Hulk has scored in 23 UEFA Champions League games? 

    30? Nope. 20? No. about 15? Try again. Surely, 10? Not even 10, only seven. 

    During the 2008/09 Champions League, he made no impact as a sub in a 4-0 loss to Arsenal. Whilst he looked decent in a 2-0 win over the Gunners, he didn't produce. 

    Against Manchester United, he kept dribbling blind hence why there was no end product. 

    He was poor as a super sub in 1-0 loss to Chelsea during the 2009/10 Champions League. 

    When Arsenal beat Porto 5-0, Hulk tried and failed. Even when Porto won 2-1, he didn't score or provide. 

    He played well against Barcelona in a 2-0 loss for the 2011 UEFA Super Cup. He abused Adriano that night, but came up short (once again) with no goal or assist. 

    It only took Hulk a few years but he actually started scoring goals and providing incisive passes during the 2011/12 Champions League.

    Mind you, it was a weak group (APOEL, Zenit St. Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk), a group that Porto still failed to qualify out of. 

    In the Europa League, Hulk was woeful over two legs against Manchester City, as the City supporters chanted: "You're not incredible."

3. Hulk Regressed This Season

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    Brazil/Porto Games Goals Assists
    2010/11 54 36 26
    2011/12 44 21 15


    Don't be surprised that Hulk's statistics deteriorated after Falcao left. 

    Falcao's intangibles combined with his skill and finishing allowed Hulk to inflate his statistics. 

    During the 2010/11 season, opponents had to pick their poison—Falcao or Hulk. Generally they chose Falcao because of how efficient he was in front of goal. 

    That's stupid because Hulk is so lethal in front of goal. Is he really? 

    It's like the Roberto Carlos syndrome—he scores one freakish free kick and people still think he's one of the greatest free kick takers ever. He was one of the worst and most inefficient. 

    Same applies with Hulk, whose finishing is below-par, and that's putting it mildly. 

    This season in the UEFA Champions League, he averaged seven shots a game, yet only scored four goals. 

2. Chelsea Need a Centre Forward, Not a Right Sided Forward

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    In an ideal world, Chelsea would sign Falcao, but he's going to cost at least £50 million. 

    So would Hulk at £35 million be value for money? No. He's not even a centre forward, which is what Chelsea need. 

    In a 4-3-3, he plays as an inside-out right forward. In a 4-2-3-1, he plays as a right attacking midfielder. 

    Not only is he overpriced and overrated, but Chelsea don't need him. 

1. Final Comment

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    Pound-for-pound, Hulk is arguably the strongest footballer in the world, which is why he should always stay on his feet. 

    Hulk is a physical specimen and when you factor in his mesmerising dribbling ability, you have a world-class talent—some may argue that he is already world-class. 

    How can you say that when he's failed in so many big games? 

    If Chelsea sign Hulk, he needs to score a minimum of 20 goals and provide 15 assists per Premier League season. To Chelsea, £1 million a goal is economically efficient. 


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