Chelsea Transfer News: Christian Atsu Signing Most Puzzling of Summer for Blues
We all laugh, but Chelsea are inching that much closer to being able to record the newest version of "We Are the World" with all of their attacking midfielders.
That's what this is all about, right?
The club confirmed on their official website that Christian Atsu has made the move from Porto to Stamford Bridge, and he'll immediately be loaned to Vitesse.
Nooruddean Choudry summed up the general consensus on Twitter.
Chelsea are in talks to sign Christian Atsu. A diminutive attacking midfielder/winger, obviously. Glad they've addressed that problem area.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 28, 2013
The club didn't need any cover on either wing, which is what this move provides. Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Willian, and Kevin de Bruyne are all capable of playing out wide. With the loan, it won't be an issue, but it's hard to see how the young Ghanaian would have been able to get much playing time with that many better, more experienced players in the squad.
When Atsu comes back in a year, what will the club do? They'd almost have to loan him again because his path to the first team will be just as blocked as it is now. It's not like what they've done with Thibaut Courtois, where you've got an ageing Petr Cech who's going to relinquish his spot in the next year or two.
That brings up what is the second issue with this move: the amount of young players in the team already, especially in the midfield.
Chelsea have done a great job of buying talent for the future. At a certain point, enough is enough.
Mata and Willian are the oldest attacking midfielders for Chelsea, and they're only 25. Hazard, de Bruyne and Schurrle are all 22, while Oscar is just 21.
Lucas Piazon and Marko Marin are out on loan as well. Although both have struggled to make much of an impact for Chelsea, Piazon is still only 19 years old, while Marin is 24. Both have plenty of time to come good for the Blues.
Haven't Chelsea already done enough to buy for the future? They don't really need to go after prospects like Atsu anymore.
You also have to consider why Porto was willing to part with the player. There isn't a better club in the world when it comes to turning around young players for profit. The €70 million Porto got for James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho is evidence of that.
However, the Portuguese club has lost him for roughly £3.5 million (h/t Sky Sports via the Daily Mail's Richard Arrowsmith). His contract was running down, and it appeared Atsu was not going to sign an extension, so Porto wanted to get whatever they could for him.
If that's the only reason behind his leaving the Estadio do Dragao, then it's not a big deal.
However, anytime Porto offloads a player so young for so little money, you have to ask the question as to whether this is a player who's good enough, or whether there's something that made Porto hesitant to only play him 17 times last year and put him in a position where he wouldn't want to sign a new deal.
If the Willian signing left you scratching your head a bit, Chelsea's move for Atsu is almost inexplicable. No matter how you break it down, it's hard to see why they would have targeted the 21-year-old winger.
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