As regular as a Tory MP lies to the public are the rumours linking Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a move to the Premiership. So far Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and even Newcastle have all been linked with the Dutchmen and now it’s Chelsea’s turn.
According to Talksport the Schalke forward is on the wish list of strikers that Roman Abramovich wants to add depth and competition to his striker force with only Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge available in that position.
After a lot of heavy spending over the summer which brought in the likes of Oscar, Hazard and so on, Huntelaar has caught the eye as his contract is due to run out in the summer and talkSPORT reckon he could be available for as little as £5 million.
Compared with the likes of other players recently linked with Chelsea, Huntelaar is a lot less glamorous than say Falcao or Edinson Cavani but with financial fair play on the horizon the Russian Billionaire must now begin to think of his clubs finances.
That isn’t to say that Huntelaar isn’t an excellent striker as his record in the Bundesliga and Eredivisie is one of the best. Last season he managed 48 goals in 48 games for Schalke in all competitions showing only the ignorant would dismiss this man as an average striker.
Of course he has made similar moves into the European Elite before but with poor results. After three excellent season’s at Ajax he moved to Real Madrid during their brief Dutch takeover. In one season he managed 8 goals. The next year he joined AC Milan and even though he showed some signs of quality it was far and few between as he again didn’t break the double digit barrier with 7 goals in one season.
Since then he has rebuilt his reputation in the Bundesliga and perhaps it is time for him to have another go with one of the big teams but based on past endeavours Huntelaar may not be the man to help out the striker shortage at Stamford Bridge.
What I do find curious is the fact that Huntelaar has been singled out due to his contract running out in the summer but another striker that has made it known he would like a move is also in a similar predicament and he would be a bit more of a glamour signing, I am talking about Fernando Llorente. The Spanish striker would also offer a different dimension to Chelsea’s attack. Based on the stats for last season Huntelaar scored 12 times out of the 49 with his head whereas Llorente managed 14 out of his 29.
To have someone with the aerial quality of Llorente as a back up to Torres gives Di Matteo more of a plan B to his attack, as Huntelaar looks to play in a similar way to Torres.
Llorente may cost a bit more as more teams are after him so the chance of a auction is likely but when you’re looking for depth in your striker force an important factor is to also have variety and Llorente is able to offer that.
Considering that Mourinho once brought in Claudio Pizzaro to his Chelsea team just to add depth I wouldn’t be surprised if Huntelaar did move this January. However, I do believe that Llorente would be a better signing for the London outfit.