Former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly has argued that Carlo Ancelotti must sign at least one big name star this summer if he wishes to continue being successful at the west London club. Is Desailly overstating things, or does he make a valid point?
The French World Cup winner argued that signing a world-class player is vital to the club’s future:
“If they don’t, then I will worry about them.”
Desailly also insists that making a high profile signing is all the more important now that Michael Ballack and Joe Cole have been allowed to leave the club. Also, Juliano Belletti will be leaving on Bosman, whilst many believe Deco, Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carlvalho (after falling behind Alex and Branislav Ivanovic) could also be heading for the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea fans hope that some of the youngsters at the club like Nemanja Matic, Jeffrey Bruma, Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Sam Hutchinson could help replace the players who are going out. Also, the rumours that Yossi Benayoun is set to sign a deal are strong as he is set to become a direct replacement for Joe Cole.
However, former AC Milan and Chelsea defender spoke of how a big signing can have a major impact, even on the best teams.
“The next Chelsea signing will be so important. When I was at AC Milan we won the title and the Champions League.
“We thought we were untouchable, maybe even thinking it was easy. Yet they went out and signed George Weah, then the best player in the world. ‘Pow!’ It hit us. Here we thought we couldn’t get better then he arrived and we were up and running again. He lifted us from our settees.”
“The club needed it, I needed it. We felt strong once more, ready to go forward.
“The following year five Dutchmen arrived, top names but somehow it didn’t work in the same way as Weah.
“So that is why Chelsea’s next signing must be a significant one. A world-class player, no matter what the cost.
“You can’t fight off age, so some need a boost. It must come in the way of a Weah.”(Daily Star)
It’s true that Roman Abramovich has been quiet in the transfer market of late with Jose Bosingwa and Yuri Zhirkov being the only signings of note over the past two summers. So, many of the Chelsea faithful are expecting big things this time around and Desailly may be right.
As good as they are the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba are not getting any younger and Terry in the past has urged to club to go for the world’s best players as well as tying its current stars down with contracts (recently Michael Essien has signed a new extension with Nicolas Anelka set to follow).
But who should they sign to make a major impact like Weah did at AC Milan during Desailly’s days?
Ancelotti has certainly been linked with many players including Alexandre Pato, Kaka (both were at AC Milan with him), Fernando Torres, David Silva and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero.
According to the most recent rumours it would seem that a move for one of Silva, Torres or Kaka is the most likely as their clubs could be willing to sell. Valencia are cash-strapped and have already sold their talisman David Villa to Barcelona. Liverpool’s debt is racking up which has left many to believe they may have to sell Torres or Steven Gerrard to help rebuild their struggling squad. Then there is Kaka, a player who Ancelotti knows well and a man who some argue will be deemed surplus to requirements by new Real Madrid manager may deem surplus to requirements.
Chelsea have to be clever and make sure they bring in the right people this summer to take them onto the next level (perhaps the Champions League title) and the Stamford Bridge faithful would certainly love to have a signing to get excited about.
What do the Chelsea fans think of Marcel Desailly’s comments? Who would you like to see arrive at the club this summer?