With reports surfacing that Brazilian Deco would like to leave England after the World Cup this summer, it would certainly bring an end to an unfulfilled spell at Stamford Bridge.
Deco has provided a few moments of quality such as his wonder strike on his debut against Portsmouth or his curling free kick the game after against Wigan, but truth be told these moments have been few and far between.
Signed from Barcelona by the then Chelsea manager Phil Scolari for £8m, the move raised eyebrows across England with most feeling that the Portuguese internationals best days were behind him. Being reunited with former international manager Scolari did help Deco settle in at Stamford Bridge and his performances earned him rave reviews and the player of the month award for August at the beginning of last season, but this would prove to be as good as it got for Deco at Chelsea.
Often flitting in and out of matches, Deco has looked someway short of his imperious best at Barca in his 50 odd appearances for the London club. Capable of dictating the flow of a game and providing the killer final ball in his days at the Nou Camp, he’ll go down as a flop in most people’s eyes, mine included.
He’s stated that “I want to go back to Brazil. Ideally I’d like to go after the World Cup and I’ve been talking to Chelsea about it”. The reason given is that Deco wants to be closer to his kids, an understandable reason it must be said but truth be told he’d be no great loss to a strong Chelsea side.
Often heard to be whinging about his lack of playing time to the press, he even once remarked that “I do not want to stay. I have not liked my experience at Chelsea”. Deco’s form for Chelsea has been patchy at best and he hasn’t been deserving of a regular spot in the starting eleven for the majority of his stay in England. He seems ill at ease with the pace of the Premiership and his tired legs look heavier each time that I see him. Unable to work his way around the pitch like he used to, he’s often a passenger in Chelsea’s side, his style now somewhat pedestrian.
His move to Chelsea, to casual observers of La Liga at least, looked badly timed with Deco someway short of his peak and the move represented a gamble on Scolari’s part. Injuries have hampered his time at Chelsea but his lack of desire and failure to perform on the big occasions will not be missed.
A move back to Brazil for a swansong in a league that ignored his talents until his great success in Europe for both Porto and Barcelona would be a fitting way to end an illustrious career, but his time at Chelsea, much like Scolari’s reign failed to deliver on its early promise and despite looking like they’ll take a financial hit on any potential deal it would represent a move in the best interests of both Deco and Chelsea.
Written By James McManus