The Midfield Conundrum.
Following the blockbuster signing of a certain Spanish midfielder from FC Barcelona, many may assume that Chelsea, arguably overstocked with a wealth of midfield talent, are safe in that department.
Following Fabregas's arrival, the rumour mill has shifted into over-drive around the possible exit of Ramires. Many see Fabregas as a replacement/upgrade to Ramires and it can be argued that way; Fabregas can pass, run with the ball, create a chance and dictate play from the centre of the pitch.
Obviously, Real Madrid have been pursuing our little Brazilian for over a year now and a deal looks like it could happen. In a Chelsea shirt, his faults are few but he has an annoying habit of losing the ball in dangerous positions while his passing ability isn't all that good for a world class midfielder.
On a personal note, I like Ramires. He's strong, athletic and intelligent on the ball- aside from losing possession, his decision making is often very good. He can score, assist and provides an engine to feed the more attack minded trio in front of him. But, in an overcrowded midfield jammed full of international talent, do we still need him? Madrid are apparently willing to stump up near to £25 million for Ramires and that's probably good business for a player who may spend a lot of next season warming the bench.
Talking to my elder brother, however, has opened the door to another possibility. This is the main reason why I wrote this quick article as I wanted to see what the VC fraternity thought of this. Paul Pogba, Manchester United reject turned French superstar, has been pertinently linked with a return to the PL and his performances for Juventus have certainly turned a few heads, not least that of Jose Mourinho. Pogba is a superb young player and, as Chris pointed out, is very similar to Chelsea hero and Arsenal vanquisher [remember THAT goal?] Michael Essien- except he is a better passer of the ball.
Would this be good business for Chelsea? Selling Ramires? Chasing Pogba's signature? How do you see our midfield shaping up? Do we need another high profile addition?
Let me know!
Up the Blues!