Why Gael Kakuta and Ramires Will Conquer Europe

Timothy NCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Gael Kakuta of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Chelsea and Apoel Nicosia at Stamford Bridge on December 8, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The long awaited announcement of Ramires being bought from Benefica by Chelsea arrived yesterday, and the full signing is expected to be finalized in the next several days.

But how does just one signing and a player who has yet to make a meaningful start with the first team equate into a Champions League title?

It does not and cannot.  It does, however, show that Chelsea are not falling behind as some pundits would have you think.

Sure, Jose joined Madrid to coach Los Galacticos.  Sure, Manchester City once again spent an insane sum of money on improving their squad (though one might want to look at how Ade and Robinho are working out now).

Liverpool signed Joe Cole to form an attacking trio former Blue Arjen Robben called, "the deadliest in Europe."

Arsenal are more experienced and are keeping their talisman in Cesc Fabegras while developing The Great English Hope in Jack Wilshere.

Manchester United have added very promising talent, highlighted by Javier Hernandez, and were barely pipped to the title last season, despite dealing with numerous injuries.

Barcelona added the deadliest striker in the world, David Villa, to their already incredible squad.

Bayern Munich saw what they could do with Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, to go with their deadly wingers in Ribery and Robben.

And Chelsea? They are one year older, on an already aging squad, and most of their players returned from an extremely disappointing summer at the World Cup.  They have not done anything during summer friendlies and the coach has already said they are not yet ready for the new season.

Make no mistake though, Chelsea will be in a form that far surpasses what they were last season.  Michael Essien is back from injury and Jose Bosingwa will be fighting to, once again, be the top right back in Europe.

Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are coming off their best ever seasons and look to make further strides under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti, who allows for more flair than either player has had before.

Florent Malouda has been in top form and shows no sign of slowing down now that he has the perfect system for his diverse skill set.

But this article is about the youngster and the new guy.

Each seems to be the inverse of each other.

Ramires is a no-frills, all-action midfielder who seemingly has limitless energy.  Ask teams how they liked dealing with Michael Essien and how they feel about dealing with a potential clone with even more potential.

Gael Kakuta was scintillating during the Under-19 Championships, and he brings a level of playmaking, pace, and trickery which has yet to be seen in England since the days of the United legend Eric Cantona.

Together, they both steel and sharpen a Chelsea squad which have been on the cusp of winning it all year after year.

As individuals, Ramires and Kakuta may be very good, and even spectacular at times, but lined up as Blues, they just might be the conquerors of Europe.


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