Will Chelsea Ever Get A Permanent Right Back?

Dominic FrostContributor IJuly 16, 2008

If you are familiar with Chelsea FC or English football, you may have noticed that finding a permanent right back

I know I have.

Go back to the start of the season that just passed and think about what happened. Juliano Belletti was bought from Barcelona. So there was the new right back for the new season.

Belletti was thought to be very good and ended up playing reasonably well for the Blues. He definitely turned out to be good enough for the London giants. The only game I remember where Belletti played poorly was Chelsea's  match against Schalke in the Champions League group stage. A couple of weeks ago he celebrated his 32nd birthday in Brazil with his parents.

Entering the final quarter of the season, I noticed that Belletti was suddenly not playing as many games as before and that Michael Essien had moved from his defensive midfield spot to right back. The Ghanaian was having one of his best seasons ever in defence midfield but then was shifted back. There were no reports of injury to Belletti or anything that would indicate he was forced out of the lineup.

Manager Avram Grant decided to stick John Obi Mikel in Essien's place instead, which was very strange considering that 35-year-old Claude Makelele is one of the more experienced and talented defensive midfielders in the world.

At the close of the season, Chelsea found themself without any silverware.  At the beginning of the 2008 European Championships, Jose Boswinga was signed from Porto for £16.2 million. When I heard the news, I was a little confused because Chelsea did not have a manager at the time.  Who was that decided to sign the right back?

I am now confused more than ever about the Boswinga signing, because Belletti is a great right back.  If Belletti ever does suffer an injury then Michael Essien is always there to replace him and then Chelsea have players to replace Essien in the midfield so it all works out fine. 

I'm sure Boswinga is a great player, but why did they sign him? Who signed him? Was it because of Belletti's age, did Peter Kenyon maybe raise an eyebrow when his name came up?

I guess we will never know.

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