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Essien is coming back!

Chelsea fans all over the world were delighted to hear that, arguably, our best player, Michael Essien, is almost back to being able to play!

This I`m sure will give Scolari a pleasant headache!

Hopefully he won`t be rushed into the side as there is no need!

I would like to impose another question on our fans or anyone else interested.

How will we accommodate Essien?

Will we stick with the current system and squeeze him in by replacing Ballack or Deco?

Will we change to a 4-2-3-1 which Scolari has used before with Essien and Mikel playing defensive?

Some have even suggested Michael should play on the right in the absence of Joe Cole!

What do you think?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: lamps is champs Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 23 2009

Time: 7:08PM

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Its hard to say plus its still too early to judge even he can perform that well after such a bad injury to start every match.Good thing is he is such a versatile player Scolari can push him any where.So no worry!
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23/01/2009 19:17:00

in my view Essien would be the first name pencilled on that team sheet! He's immense!
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23/01/2009 19:25:00

Play him instead of Ballack/Deco! He is an amazing box to box midfielder with incredible stamina and he knows how to make an incisive run into an oppositions defense. Him and Lampard in the front half are an amazing attacking pair!
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23/01/2009 19:33:00

methinks deco shouldn't even come into the equation, despite the superb talent that is his. thinks it could be essien for mikel and if push comes to shove in any game, swap him with ballack in that position cos we all know how the bison can score from range. ballack is capable of playing the holding role.
johnny come lately
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23/01/2009 19:37:00

Since Essien can do it all, I don't expect to see him stay in any one position upon return. A 4-2-3-1 could work well with him alongside Mikel. I'd forget about Deco entirely but we all know Scolari won't. Deco and Ballack will more than likely alternate roles in that formation. I like the idea of a 4-3-3 with Essien in Joey's role. The beauty of putting him on the right side is that he can cover defensively during Bosingwa's crazy runs when necessary.
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23/01/2009 19:42:00

As bluethrough says; especially given the (for quite some time now) slump of form displayed by Ballack/ Deco. Essien's a central powerhouse with not too much technical talent, so he'd be completely wasted as a make-shift winger.
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23/01/2009 19:43:00

One of the best in the world. I have a lot of respect for Essien.
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23/01/2009 20:09:00

shud we go for 4-2-3-1 den lamps will b as cam n ballack/deco on the right wing?? still mystery.....he shud b playin in right wing...which will do da best for us
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23/01/2009 20:25:00

Who cares who makes way for the Ess! Just get him back asap. And the suggestion that there's no feckin' need to rush him back is ludicrous. I don't think we've ever missed a player more. Have you been watching for christ's sake?
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23/01/2009 20:27:00

Bumps - I think the general consensus was not to rush him back to the point where he's at risk of coming back too soon and injuring himself all over again. Knee ligament damage is a very fragile area, and although there might be a desire for the management to want him back as soon as possible, we cannot and mustn't bring him back before he's 100% ready and match-fit.
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23/01/2009 20:37:00

Deco out, Essien In!
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23/01/2009 21:39:00

RM is as strong position for Essien as CM but I don't think we should even be considering Essien for a start before March. I just don't think it's worth rushing him.
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23/01/2009 23:00:00

Surely the obvious position for Essien is RM, now that Cole is out for the season?
Saf 91
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23/01/2009 23:07:00

I am sure he will be tried with Lamps in the middle. What position did he play in France?
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23/01/2009 23:18:00

I don't think I'd like to see him shifted out wide, especially just to accomodate the failing Ballack or Deco. He's a powerhouse, a driving force, a machine, and thus deserves to be in the middle of the park.
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24/01/2009 00:31:00

Essien isn't fit. No-one's said he was fit. He's been working his way back since September. Little has changed. Another non-story on a no-news-day.
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24/01/2009 02:21:00

We play a 4-1-4-1 with Essien on the right, Kalou on the left with Ballack and Lampard in the centre and Mikel as the holding midfielder.
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24/01/2009 04:43:00

ballack and deco benched obviously, those two are 2 of our weakest performers. Mikel - Essien - Lampard , that's our strongest midfield combination. This of course is given he is back to full fitness.
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24/01/2009 05:54:00

Worryingly, apparently Scolari reckons having Deco back will be like a new signing, so I think he is set to feature quite a bit more. In that case, he had better buck up and show some of that early season (well, first couple of matches!) form! As for Essien, we really cannot afford to risk a recurrence, he has to be ready to come back but boy have we missed him. I still think he should replace Mikel in the holding role. He is strong enough, disciplined enough and good enough to be a DM. He is also powerful enough and intelligent enough to know when he can burst forward from that position to boost our attack when needed. He is such a complete player, there is not one area in which he is week. Can't wait to have him back to strike fear into our opponents' hearts.
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24/01/2009 12:20:00

In fact the number and dversity of suggested positions for Essien in the posts here alone are a wonderful testament to his ability!
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24/01/2009 12:21:00

The best we played last year was when Mikel,Essien and Ballack were in midfield when Lamps was injured.Ballack hasn't quite reached those heights and I doubt that he will.Also,Deco hasn't provided anything new to the team.But Lamps,if anything,is better than last season.So,if Essien was back,Id play the midfield three of Mikel,Essien and Lamps.and I don't get this about Essien on the right wing.He's one of the best midfielders in the world,Why would you waste him on the wing?I think that Essien's versatility has been a bit of a bane for him,because whenever somebody gets injured in any position,the manager's automatic reaction is to look to him.This way he hasn't been allowed to concentrate completely on his trade,that is,central midfield.
JT is God
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24/01/2009 12:32:00

Essien is fantastic on the right as he showed at Lyon. Can't wait to see him back in the midfield.
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24/01/2009 17:42:00

Essien wouldn't be wasted on the right wing. In fact, it is arguable that it is his strongest position.
Saf 91
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24/01/2009 19:39:00

If Deco should find some form, I would like to see a midfield with Mikel-Essien-Deco, even though Lampard is at his best and Ballack is getting there, so in retrospect that is a stupid thing to say. Still Mikel's strength coupled with Deco's vision and through balls and Essiens strength and pace and overall ability would be rather formidable, but in our case replace Deco with Lampard and you have something out of this world! I am just generally excited that he is getting closer to a return for us!
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25/01/2009 00:35:00


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