Chelsea

London Calling To The Faraway Towns

The subject of much speculation this summer, David Silva’s recent reverence towards Chelsea strengthened the belief that he was, in fact, Bridge bound. However, Man City now appear to be back in the driving seat, again. Nevertheless, with his departure from a cash-strapped Valencia looking increasingly likely, let’s consider the impact Silva could make at Stamford Bridge (even if it turns out to be in a sadistic ‘let’s see what you could have won’ kind of way).

Highlighting the Premier League as the place to be, Silva reportedly stated that Chelsea, along with Barcelona, possess ‘the best squad in football, and if any player joins Chelsea he knows he is going to win things’, adding that ‘if they carry on in the way that they are, there is no reason why in the future Chelsea can’t be as decorated as Real Madrid’. Hence, the opportunity of immediate Champions League football seemed significant for the Spanish international. But what could he offer Chelsea; well, funnily enough, exactly what they require.

Even before the recent clear-out, Ancelotti will have targeted the midfield for strengthening, with the intention of inserting some youth, vitality and vigour for the long-term. Certainly, whilst Chelsea boast a formidable force, some additional creativity, and a fresh alternative, is required. The recent demonstration of philanthropy – charitably allowing Ballack, Cole and Belletti to all leave on a free, for differing reasons – was symptomatic of this and further perpetuates the need for reinforcements. A versatile and productive winger, and still only 24-year-old, Silva would be just what the doctor ordered.

Though he’s struggled with injuries in the past, his form last season was impressive. He finished the season with 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, and established himself as one of Europe’s most coveted players. Adept on either wing, though primarily on the left, he can also play in a more central role off the striker. Silva’s fluidity would provide Chelsea with flexibility and unpredictability in movement.

Indeed, he could form a formidable relationship offensively with an overlapping Ashley Cole or, given Malouda’s continued success in this position, fill-in as a more direct central option. At Valencia he’s distinguished for cutting inside and causing problems with an ability to expose holes across the pitch, so the right of midfield is another alternative. Wherever he lined-up, you imagine Drogba would relish Silva’s impact and ingenuity. Thus Chelsea will be keen to secure his signature, but City are ominously circling.

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