Chelsea Transfer Speculation: 5 Reasons Edinson Cavani Would Be Prolific in EPL

John RichardsonCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

Chelsea Transfer Speculation: 5 Reasons Edinson Cavani Would Be Prolific in EPL

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    If Edinson Cavani were to move to Chelsea, the Uruguayan would likely be an instant Premier League hit.

    The 25-year-old has matured into one of the world's best since his brace-face days at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Cavani netted 33 times for Napoli in all competitions (2011-12), and scored the winner in a 2-0 victory over Juventus to spoil the Italian giants' undefeated season.

    His powerful approach play paired with a natural eye for goal were a nightmare for Chelsea in the Champions League, and he would have no problem causing similar destruction against other Premier League sides.

    With that in mind, here are the five reasons why Edinson Cavani has all the attributes to have a successful stint in England.


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    For a South American, Cavani's 6'2" frame is quite an imposing one.

    Last season, eight of his 33 goals for Napoli were scored on headers (watch them here).

    He used his body well, and he was a nightmare to defend on corners.

    The Premier League is known for its physical style of play, but Cavani should be more than capable of holding his own.

Natural Finisher

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    What separates a good player from a great one is his ability to finish on a regular basis.

    When presented with the chance (or even a half-chance), Cavani doesn't sit around to ask questions.

    We've seen him hit some memorable long-range strikes and curl the ball into the corner of the net on numerous occasions.

    He rarely spurns his chances, and you would bet your house on him to finish when presented with a one-on-one opportunity.

    His class is simply undeniable, and another 20-plus-goal season could be in store if he is able to continue his superb form.

Works Hard Defensively

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    While Cavani's defensive eagerness may sometimes counteract his offensive capabilities, it will serve him for the rigors of the Premier League.

    He isn't a forward who lounges around up top until the ball is presented to him; he actively gets involved in the play and always looks willing to help out his teammates .

    Cavani reliably gets back when the ball is in his defensive zone, and while his tackling may be subpar, his intensity is of the highest class.

Uruguayan Strike Partner Luis Suarez Has Been a Hit

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    While this doesn't directly relate to Cavani, the fact that Luis Suarez was so prolific in his first full season bodes well for the Uruguayan.

    Luis Suarez and Cavani both use their aggressive style of play to bully defenders and score opportunistic goals.

    Despite Suarez' 2011-12 campaign being plagued by controversy (racism scandal), the Liverpool No. 7 managed to net 17 times in all competitions.

    Let's hope Cavani has been taking some notes from his international strike partner.

Still Has His Best Years Ahead

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    At 25 years old, Cavani still has his prime years to look forward to.

    Typically a footballer will reach the pinnacle of their career at around the age of 26, so his upcoming season could be a monumental one.

    Playing with quality like Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres at Chelsea can only boost his chances of success.

    The transition between Serie A and the Premier League is by no means a walk in the park, but Cavani certainly has the hunger and skill to make a big impact wherever he ends up.