Would You Have Arjen Robben Back at Chelsea?

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Would You Have Arjen Robben Back at Chelsea?
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Would a move for Arjen Robben be wise?

The angle of this article is really given away in the title, so if you've made it this far you must have an opinion—or want to hear mine—on whether Chelsea bringing back Arjen Robben to Stamford Bridge would be a good move.

Mario Goetze's pre-arranged switch from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich this summer has possibly paved a way out for one of their current crop of wingers, and the assumptions are that Robben will be fairly high up the departures board.

Pep Guardiola will have the casting vote, but Bayern's dyed-in-the-wool command of Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will ensure local lads Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller remain, with Xherdan Shaqiri also coming along nicely.

There could then at least be a window for Robben to leave, and personally I think there are worse ideas than Chelsea tempting him back.

The Blues will almost certainly be in the market for a wide forward this summer, and if you believe certain reports, then a deal has already been done for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle.

Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun and probably Marko Marin will be cleared out in the next revolution, so that only leaves the incumbent manager with the old faithful of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses to occupy the floating positions.

That lot have been flogged to death all year, and Chelsea have been incredibly fortunate that none have been injured for any length of time. Indeed, when Moses went to the African Cup of Nations for six weeks, Rafa Benitez drastically lacked options and fresh legs over a heavy workload.

So additional quality out wide is a necessity rather than a luxury, and personally I'd advocate a swoop for Robben.

Arjen Robben's Chelsea days

For me, it ticks all of the boxes. Bayern will be keen to balance the books, so I think he could be signed for around £15-20 million, which is less than what Schurrle is expected to fetch.

The suits upstairs will see the 22-year-old German as a better fit into their master plan of acquiring every decent young tricky winger in Europe, but the future is now, and the Blues can't waste much more time. 

Robben is the finished article, and sometimes you just need somebody to do a job over a couple of seasons rather than waiting a couple of seasons for someone to learn the trade.

Robin van Persie's goals in winning Manchester United the Premier League title are testament to that, and few could argue the £24 million SIr Alex Ferguson sanctioned on his man was not money well spent.

But even though he may be surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena, Robben is by no means a busted flush, and in my opinion was the best player on the pitch in Bayern's phenomenal 4-0 trouncing of Barcelona on Tuesday night.

In truth, Robben has had a bittersweet time in Bavaria since arriving in 2009. Few Bayern fans few will complain about 66 goals in 117 games and a pair of Bundesliga titles, but missing that extra-time penalty in the Champions League final against Chelsea can't have done him many favours with the natives, and a section of the support aren't particularly enamoured with his one-man approach.

However, I'm sure there would be a more appreciative crowd waiting down at Stamford Bridge, where memories of a balding teen whiz kid terrorising full-backs seems just like yesterday.

Imagine it now. Robben, Mata, Hazard. Now imagine a decent striker in front of that, and a solid two-man central midfield behind it. Yes?

Schurrle, Mata, Hazard does not have the same ring to it, and if you wish, try inserting any one of the many names linked to the club in that position and see if it strikes as much of a chord.

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The obvious downside to Robben is his proclivity to get injured. He's not played over 30 league games in a season since his hair began to recede at PSV Eindhoven, and his brittle bones may take a pounding back in blighty.

Yet he needed just 18 scorching league games to swing the title Chelsea's way in 2004/05, and even if he only features in 30 games, he has the quality to make the difference.

Robben demonstrated his undoubted class against Barcelona, and with him having a couple of years left at the top, I think he'd be a very astute signing for Chelsea.

The club need a player of his calibre, he'd be available at a reasonable price and is more proven than many similarly priced alternatives, and I'm sure he'd be open to a move back to southwest London after tasting life at the top in Spain and Germany.

Of course this is all my own mere opinion, and I'd suggest the chances of it actually happening are fairly slim.

Yet to me it's the right move, and I'd once again love to see Arjen Robben bob-bob-bobbing along.

Let me know your thoughts and say hello on Twitter @bainesyDiego10


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