Chelsea Transfer News: Why Hulk Makes Sense as a Blues Summer Target
Chelsea are looking to strengthen their squad this summer by splashing out in the transfer market and will be linked with a whole host of names from all over Europe by the worldwide media. While some names will be mere fantasy and speculation, some would indeed be a good fit for the Londoners.
Here are six reasons why he would be a good move for Chelsea.
It Would Signal Backing for New Permanent Boss Roberto Di Matteo
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It hardly seems plausible, but despite winning both the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in his few months in control at Chelsea, Roberto di Matteo was never entirely seen as the preferred choice to be the new permanent manager of the club.
Even so, the Italian has eventually been given the nod and a two-year deal, and now Chelsea need to show that this is not mere window dressing until the likes of Pep Guardiola deem it time to re-enter the world of football with a new, cash-rich job.
They need to back Roberto di Matteo in the transfer market.
Signing Hulk would be a show of confidence in di Matteo, signalling that they trust him to be in charge of new big buys and to continue winning trophies.
Hulk Would Be Both Competition and Complementary to Fernando Torres
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Is Fernando Torres getting back to his best?
Will he ever?
With serious questions remaining about Torres' form and role in the Chelsea team going forward, it is important that the club bring in someone who can fill that central goalscoring role in the side in case things continue poorly for the Spanish no. 9.
On the other hand, if Torres starts the campaign well, the club need to give him their backing and let him know that they trusted him all along and that any new signings were brought in to help him, rather than keep him on the bench.
As well as being a fine central striker, Hulk has thrived in playing the right inside forward role for Porto and could easily do the same for Chelsea; he would be a real goal threat cutting infield onto his preferred left foot and could link up with Torres playing through the centre.
More than Torres, the player to whom this transfer might be more detrimental is Daniel Sturridge—but with only one year left on his contract, perhaps it is important for Chelsea to make contingencies for him not being around for long either.
Goals, Goals, Goals.
In four seasons at Porto, Hulk has racked up an impressive 52 goals and 42 assists in 96 domestic league matches.
His total goal tally is 76 goals in 166 games, mightily exciting numbers for a player who has predominantly played from the flank and has had his share of interruptions due to suspensions and the odd injury.
All teams benefit from having goalscorers in their side, wherever they play on the pitch, and Hulk would add plenty in that regard both in terms of scoring them and creating them.
Chelsea Need a Marquee Signing to Capitalise on Champions League Success
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After at last finding major success on the continent with their UEFA Champions League win, Chelsea need Roman Abramovich to open the chequebook once more and land a big name, big fee player to prove that they are trying to sustain this success, not merely attain it once.
For some time after his arrival in England, Chelsea were spending huge amounts every season and pundits and fans alike wondered what would happen when Roman tired of his toy; now with the biggest prize safely locked up, Chelsea might indeed find out.
Will they still have the big money available to spend, or is that it now that the game has been won?
All players want to play for the Champions of Europe, but Chelsea need to improve their squad to get back into the top four—they might not be so lucky next season to finish the campaign outside of it and still qualify for Europe's premiere competition.
They Need to Replace the Physicality in Attack Lost in Didier Drogba's Departure
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After terrorising Premier League defenders for season after season, Didier Drogba has finally departed these shores for fortunes new. With the emphasis on fortune.
Not only did the Ivorian forward bring goals, leadership and a penchant for berating officials, he provided Chelsea with the option to play a physical game if needed with his ability to hold up the ball, win free kicks and attack set pieces.
For all Juan Mata's guile, Fernando Torres' presumably still-present finishing ability and the raw promise of Daniel Sturridge, they no longer have that battering ram in attack.
Hulk would provide that force in spades.
Attacking Options Have Decreased over the Past 12 Months
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Not only has Didier Drogba left the club, but Salomon Kalou has also followed his compatriot out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Throw into the mix Nicolas Anelka's midseason departure, the total loss of form, ability and threat from Florent Malouda and the non-event which turned out to be Romelu Lukaku's debut season and suddenly Chelsea are looking a lot less well-stocked up front than they were a year ago.
Hulk's price-tag alone might make him a first team player, but he can play right away along the front line if need be, offering good versatility as well as real talent.
Chelsea will perhaps be after more than one attacker this summer—signing Hulk would be a great way to start their business.