Scouting Taison: Rumoured Chelsea January Transfer Target
Chelsea have been linked with another Brazilian, Taison, who plays his football in the Ukraine at Metalist Kharkiv.
A former teammate of another Brazilian at Stamford Bridge, Oscar, while playing at Internacional, Taison represents exactly the type of player that Chelsea have targeted in recent months.
A pacey, versatile forward who can play all across the front line in the modern day's 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 alternative, Taison would become a valuable backup to an already sensational strike force.
With Demba Ba added to the squad this month to ensure that the Blues do not live and die by Fernando Torres' shooting boots, it is probable that Taison would find himself being rotated in and out of the lineup with Oscar, Victor Moses and possibly Marko Marin—who recently returned from injury.
The 24-year-old recently commented on the transfer speculation, "I went to England (some weeks ago) just to take a look. I talked to the president (Roman Abramovich)."
Furthermore he confirmed there was somebody already at Stamford Bridge that is attracting him to make the move to the Premier League, "I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want to play with him again."
But the transfer saga has developed somewhat this week as Sky Sports have confirmed that a deal has been agreed between the clubs, although there is interest from another club as well.
Taison shot to prominence around Europe earlier this season when he scored one of the greatest goals you will have ever seen in a Europa League match against Rosenborg. The goal was compared to that great goal by Marco van Basten in the European Cup final in 1988.
The Brazilian operates best from the left of an attacking trident in truth, a position that is held down firmly by Eden Hazard, but as mentioned before, he could easily slot in on the opposite flank. A sign of his ability to adapt to several roles would be his production for Metalist in the last season and a half, providing 17 assists.
Taison possesses great balance and precision in both his passing and shooting, sometimes to a fault as he is quite unselfish in the way he tends to force one-twos in certain situations. With the abundance of attacking options that Chelsea possess though, this could become more of a strength than a weakness with superior team mates.
The signing of Taison, as well as a rumoured bid being lined up for the wonderful Spanish playmaker Isco, suggests that the Blues might not be entirely satisfied with their personnel in the attacking areas.
Taison can certainly fit in as a central striker, but would be considered a backup in this role, at best. But with Ba on board, perhaps even Ambramovich has realised it is time to give up on Torres.
Moreover, Marin, while clearly talented, might prefer to move to a club where he can be given more starts, even though it has been less than a year since the former Werder Bremen star signed for the Blues.
Daniel Sturridge has departed this month, so although Chelsea possess an envious amount of enganches, including certainties to start in Juan Mata and Hazard, the Blues might be shorter than it would appear in this area if a few injuries were to emerge.
One from Oscar and Moses would tend to start, but the latter has already departed for the African Cup of Nations, but after these two, Chelsea are looking at young Lucas Piazon—if Marin is loaned out or continues to be troubled with injuries—as the next backup, which might be a concern to Rafael Benitez.
A reported price of £10 million for Taison, according to The Telegraph, appears to be good value and although he might arrive as a backup, there is potential to become a starter, unlike Marin perhaps, which can only strengthen the competition for places at Chelsea.
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