What Yaya Toure Means for Chelsea
The latest reports coming from Yaya Toure's agent are that Yaya will be joining the Blues from Barcelona.
On the surface, this makes little sense for the defending English champions because they already have three defensive midfielders in Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, and Nemanja Matic. Furthermore, Yaya would still leave for the African Cup of Nations that deprive Chelsea of Essien and Mikel every year.
So why spend up to 25 million pounds for a player that you already have on your roster many times over?
I believe it is because Ancelotti understands that despite the three DMs on the field, none are either used to their fullest or able to do what he needs to run his formations.
Ancelotti did use the 4-3-3 later in the season, but he prefers to use very narrow formations that keep possession and create chances over time instead of on the counterattack.
Now look at the roster. Michael Essien is absolutely stupendous...when healthy. For the past two seasons his injuries have coincided with a massive drop in form for the Blues. Perhaps Toure is the insurance? I however, do not think that, in fact, I think that the addition of Toure is specifically for Essien to become an even greater player.
In the Diamond and Christmas Tree formations, Essien is almost always forced to play in the back, win the ball, and cover the defense.
However, when he is allowed to roam forward, he has shown he has the leg to hammer wonderful goals and terrorize opposing defenses.
Just as Frank Lampard is sometimes wasted playing too far up, Ancelotti must realize that he wastes Essien's potential playing too far back.
Mikel is usually given the duty as a defensive cover when Essien is out, and while he is admirable in his job, he lacks the touch and vision required to play in Ancelotti's exquisite formations. Matic is still young and has not yet developed the chemistry or timing required to start for a team that wants to contend for every trophy in the land.
Enter Yaya Toure.
He is already a defensive anchor for Barcelona, and he has the touch and vision required for the narrow formations of Ancelotti's taste. He provides the same ball winning and defensive tenacity of Essien, which allows "The Gazelle" to roam forward with Lampard and dominate the midfield.
Imagine the Christmas Tree with Toure, Lampard, and Essien at the base, Florent Malouda and Luka Modric as the attacking midfielders, and Didier Drogba up front. Add into this a defensive center in John Terry and Alex, while Ashley Cole and Jose Boswinga roam the flanks.
Oh, and a rejuvanated Petr Cech in goal.
How scary would that be? A team that is physically imposing from top to bottom, but has the ability score over one hundred goals and coached by one of the best in Europe.
How would Barcelona match up their players against Toure, Essien, and Bosingwa as defensive shackles?
Would Inter have won had Toure and Essien were in the midfield to mark and destroy Wesley Sneijder?
So before you say no way to Toure, just think of the power that he would add to Chelsea by allowing everyone in front of him to fully express themselves from box to box.
Maybe 25 million pounds doesn't sound so expensive?
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