Chelsea FC: Nicolas Anelka Comes to Stamford Bridge

Felix TangCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2008

Nicolas Anelka has been the subject of transfer speculation and has been constantly linked with a move away from Bolton. 

After Chelsea's bid of £11m pounds was initially rejected, the club revealed Anelka was signed for a sum of £15m on a 4 and a half year contract.  The 28-year old French hitman is no stranger to the Premier League.  Having played for the top clubs like Arsenal, on loan at Liverpool and now at Chelsea; he also had stints at Manchester City and most recently, Bolton Wanderers.

Anelka will be seen a crucial cover in the attacking line, and will have probably make his debut at the home game against the Spurs.  He will be a direct replacement for Didier Drogba, who has left the squad to join up with the Ivory Coast National Team in preparations for the upcoming African Nation's Cup.  With Shevchenko injured, Anelka will look to partner Claudio Pizzaro for the upcoming games.

Enough description said.  Why has Anelka made the move?

The reasons are very simple.  Anelka wants to move his career up to a new level, and that new level will be Chelsea.  With Champions League football as the biggest lure, and with higher wages, many players would like to move to the Premiership's biggest clubs. 

However, along with his new striker partner Claudio Pizarro, they will not be guaranteed regular playing time.  When Pizarro made Bosman from Bayern Munich in the summer, he knew he would not get any more play time than he did in Munich, but Chelsea was a far more attractive outfit, in my opinion.  Anelka has proven his worth in Bolton, but to surpass the Drogba and Shevchenko in the starting line up, will take sometime.

With Drogba highly tipped to making the exit this summer, Anelka will hope to advance in the pecking order. 

As for Bolton, although they profited a sum of £7m from this transaction, their attacking force will be largely diminished.  The club has depended on Anelka in terms of scoring for the past one and a half seasons, scoring the most crucial goals at times.  As a Manchester United fan, we cannot forget his winning goal that brought down the Red Devils earlier this season.  In my opinion, the Trotters will need to find a new striker partner to Kevin Davies if they want to guarantee a top-half finish.  

It will be interesting how Nicolas Anelka will develop in his new club.  Best of luck to him.

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