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Van Persie hits three
In the past, Chelsea has enjoyed a reputation of being hard to score against—but not this season.
I was personally happy to see Carlo Ancelotti move on. Despite some success, he slowly introduced a ponderous mode of play that left many fans frustrated.
In come AVB, and with youthful exuberance advocated a gung-ho attacking style, with wing-backs bombing forward at every opportunity.
Exciting to watch? Absolutely.
Happy to see our Back Four become a Back Two + Two? Maybe not!
One area where Chelsea might find some improvement is in the holding midfield position. Sadly, Essien is out for most of the season, and the truth is that John Obi Mikel—a nice young man, by the way—is not up to the task against the Premiership’s top teams.
AVB must now make one of two moves—either give Oriol Romeu his chance or look for an alternative player.
Romeu has played two full games for Chelsea—both in the Carling Cup—and in both he looked the part.
If you are good enough, you are old enough to have served Chelsea well over time, way back to Jimmy Greaves! Give the lad his chance.
Is there any alternative?
Well actually, yes! Not Meirelles, but the Samba man—David Luiz. Many Chelsea fans would relish the chance to see Luiz play ahead of JT and Alex/Ivanovich (with instructions to keep out of our penalty area perhaps!).
Luiz is a footballer in the true sense: a goal-scorer and a better defender than Mikel. In short, ideal!
What do you think?