EPL Transfers: 5 Reasons Chelsea Don't Need Luka Modric
With so much talk surrounding Luka Modric's potential move away from White Hart Lane to Stamford Bridge, as a Chelsea fan, I can't help but think: why, and how much?!
Chelsea may be lacking midfield creativity at the moment, and do have an aging side, but with that said; this just isn't the right fit.
Luka has proved to be an inconsistent midfielder at this time for Tottenham, plus his manager Harry Redknapp and the ownership is very reluctant to sell him and have raised their bargaining price substantially.
The following are reasons why this proposed transfer of this 25-year-old to Chelsea just shouldn't happen.
1. Astronomical Asking Price
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Roman Abramovich has showed in the past that he won't hesitate to stroke a check for world-class talent, regardless of the sum. But in this case it's absolutely farcical.
Tottenham have already rejected multiple bids from the Blues including the most recent offer of €27 million...Harry Redknapp has gone on to say: "this is way under" the value of what the Croatian is really worth.
This is astonishing because there are other world class creative midfielders in the world who have signed for substantially cheaper and have paid instant dividends.
Here's a list of a few creative midfielders who have signed for almost half of the proposed asking price for Luka:
Mesut Ozil: €15 million- Most assists in 2010 World Cup, Ballon d'Or Nominee
Nuri Sahin: €10 million- 2010 Bundesliga Player of the Season
Ashley Young: €15 million- Twice member of the Premier League Team of the Year
Samir Nasir: €22 million- French Player of the Year 2010, Premier League Team of the Year (2010-11)
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Luka Modric is 5'8" and 155lbs. Not exactly the midfield stature that is usually associated with being a powerful force in one of the best leagues in the world. Because of this, he has tendency to struggle against some of the more physical Premier League sides.
Modric has a reputation for being injury prone, not with career threatening injuries, but annoying knocks that can keep him out for weeks at a time. Breaking his leg against Birmingham in 2009 was his most severe injury to date, but he also suffers from frequent "strains", "sprains" and aches; thus resulting from his exclusion from the starting 11.
In 2010-11 season was one of Luka's best; in terms of staying fit, he appeared in 41 games for Tottenham.
3. Modric Is Spurs Third Best Midfielder
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Does Chelsea really need Spurs' third-best midfielder to win the Premier League in 2011-12?
Rafa Van Der Vaart and Gareth Bale were light years ahead of Modric in terms production and what they meant to Harry Redknapp last campaign.
Rafa led Spurs last season in goals and assists. Meanwhile, Bale struggled with injuries late in the season, but played absolutely inspirational in the Champions League against Inter at the San Siro.
4. Productivity / Stats, Over-rated
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In 2010-11 the creative Croatian midfielder amassed some serious statistics. He had TWO assists in Premier League play the entire year. Not impressive enough for a 25 year- old considered by most to be in the proverbial prime of his career. Not exactly the numbers you're looking for when discussing 30 million in transfer fees for a "special talent".
Luka Modric scored four goals last season in all competitions. No way he's worth €30 million, it's ridiculous.
I know that statistics in world football can be misleading, and don't translate as much like they do in other sports. However, these numbers are simply appalling for someone commanding a €30 million transfer fee.
5. Frank Lampard & Florent Malouda
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There's simply no need to disrupt the midfield chemistry and continuity already established at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard is 33, but still has something left in the tank and the Chelsea legend will go down as the greatest midfield scoring threat in Premier League history. Lampard had 10 goals in the Premier League last season. That's double what Modric scored in all competitions, plus Lampard was out two months with nagging injuries.
Malouda was the second best winger in the Premier League last season statistically, behind Nani at Manchester United. Ramires is young but showed glimpses of brilliance last season, and the young Brazilian will only improve. Michael Essien has his fingers crossed that his knee isn't too severe and looks to come back stronger than ever.
This is still one of the most feared midfields in the world that is capable of disrupting any attack and isn't lacking in attacking prowess.
The inclusion of Luka Modric is a smart purchase, especially for €30 million Euros.