Forget Roman, Chelsea Should Go for Alexandre the Great
Having read more rumours today surrounding Chelsea's endless striker hunt, I felt the need to throw my own candidate into the hat. For those of you who haven't heard, there is word that Chelsea may be interested in signing Spurs' frontman Roman Pavlyuchenko this summer.
This is probably just angry North Londoners further smarting from Sunday's Carling Cup demise, and merely attaching Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink with the forward due to their Russian international connection.
Nonetheless, I thought it wise to cast a Blue opinion on the latest link.
Chelsea has been tarred this season by a rather ageist brush. It's true that the squad primarily consists of a rather creaking spine of Ballack, Lampard, Carvalho, Terry, and others. But what Sir Alex Feguson et al have neglected is that the substitutes dugout at Stamford bridge has had a fountain of youth plumbed in this season—introducing virtual newborns like Franco Di Santo, Miroslav Stoch, Michael Mancienne, and Gael Kakuta.
Surely this would indicate an aim towards a younger team in the future, and rule out signing a 27-year-old utility striker?
The idea that Chelsea are interested in obtaining Pavlyunchenko would inevitably reignite the rumour that the club expect Didier Drogba to not be wearing Royal Blue in August. The choice destination for Drogba would almost certainly be Milan (Inter if Mourinho sticks around, AC if they fail to lure Adebayor).
If AC manage to bag Drogba, then surely that would cast pessimism upon their new boy Alexandre Pato regarding any chance of a starting berth in the team. In this case, Chelsea should jump at the opportunity of snatching the young Brazilian international.
But then again, this is a biased opinion, as I have been following Pato for a year now with great admiration.
For a relatively small striker, Pato is a real handful. He has pace, power, confidence on the ball, good feet, and is very capable in front of goal with any chance that comes his way. He has more than impressed in his first full season at the San Siro.
For Chelsea fans in need of a comparison, he's everything Anelka could have been, with a bit of drive.
It's worth adding that AC Milan is not a dead-cert to reclaim Champions League football for next year, having sunk into a four-way dogfight for the two remaining Serie A places. Perhaps Pato, who has scored 12 times so far this campaign, will have no choice but to ditch his friend Kaka in floundering Milan, and move to the more fashionable Kings Road.
Speaking of Kaka, if Man City can come that close to signing the lovechild of the Rossonieri, Chelsea would have more than a chance should they land Pato in the summer.
As the title suggests, I have forgotten about Roman Pavlyuchenko. The debate just does not add up; Pavlyuchenko—a proven Premiership failure from one of Chelsea's arch rivals—versus a proven goalscorer in Pato, with years of improvement ahead of him.
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