Chelsea: How Would Neymar Fit into the Current Blues Side?
Rejoice or curse, Chelsea fans, depending on your inclination, the once seemingly impossible is growing in possibility with every passing day.
Neymar, l'enfant terrible of Brazilian football, has addressed his future this past weekend, revealing that a move to Stamford Bridge is by no means out of the question.
Speaking to British tabloid The Sun, he claimed that Blues player "Oscar messages me to tell me what a great club Chelsea is and what a great city London is" (h/t ESPN).
"When the time is right I will listen to to the right offers that my agent has for me. It is very simple: if Barcelona are interested you listen, if Real Madrid are interested you listen, if Chelsea are interested you listen."
Six months ago, it was considered a footballing inevitability that Neymar would be heading to one of Spain's finest, with Barca and Madrid considered the only genuine contenders in the chase for his signature.
But with fellow Brazilian youngster Oscar having made a successful move to west London this summer and also factoring in the Blues' fantastic start to the season, would it be so extraordinary if Neymar defied expectations and signed with Roman Abramovich's mega rich club next year?
Such are the dreams of video game enthusiasts and fantasy football pundits, but one just never knows.
So exactly how would Neymar fit into the current Chelsea team if the most high-profile transfer since Cristiano Ronaldo made the move from Manchester to Madrid were to be completed?
Capable of playing as either a lone striker, second forward or attacking midfielder/winger, he is a versatile asset well-suited to Roberto di Matteo's current penchant for the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Looking at the Blues' best front four, it seems the ideal combination, including Neymar, would consist of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Neymar.
Of course, that leaves Fernando Torres out of the equation, but Hazard and Mata are undroppable, and I'm sure Neymar would only make the move to Stamford Bridge with the promise of playing with his national team counterpart.
Which, by the process of elimination and the fact that the other three are incapable of playing the position, means that Neymar would be deployed in the lone striker role that Torres currently inhabits.
There have been past comments claiming that Neymar would struggle, at least initially, to adapt to the British style of football.
But in the past, against tough, rugged defences, he has, if anything, excelled.
His heading ability may not be the best in the game, but Chelsea are a team that has always preferred to play with the ball on the ground—constantly on the lookout for the ideal slide-rule pass or defence splitting through ball.
The flexibility of the 4-2-3-1 would also allow the excellent playmaker to switch roles with those behind him to baffle the opposition, with Eden Hazard simultaneously pushing further up the pitch in times of difficulty.
Of course, this is all conjecture, and at present, the possibility of Neymar signing with Chelsea remains less than that of him moving to a warmer climate.
Imagining a Blues side with such potent attacking players, were he to join, wouldn't even bear thinking about for league and European rivals who would be undoubtedly quaking in their boots when faced with such a footballing superpower.
With Roman Abramovich as motivated as ever to bring success back to his cherished club, a gargantuan offer is sure to be offered to Santos.
But inevitably, the future destination of one of the game's finest young prodigies, will ultimately rest in his own hands.
What do you think of the possibility that Neymar may join Chelsea?
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