Regardless of where Chelsea end up under the unmistakably composed and reassuring management style of Guus Hiddink this season, the 2015/16 campaign will forever go down as an utter disaster for the Blues.
Although Hiddink’s side could certainly end the current term full of hope and renewed optimism for the new league campaign, Antonio Conte clearly has his work cut out for him, beginning with all the subsequent comings and goings that will likely take place across the upcoming summer transfer window.
So then, as former Argentina international and current Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore has seen his name linked with an illustrious summer switch to Stamford Bridge: could the technically gifted 26-year-old really hit the ground running in London next term, or should Chelsea ultimately look beyond this out-of-form attacker with several superior alternatives possibly on the table?
Well, although the former Palermo man looks to have fallen out of favour under Laurent Blanc at the Parc des Princes, Pastore did represent a truly enticing player once upon a time.
Via his direct style of play inside the final third and decent range of shooting in and around the opposition’s penalty box, as well as displaying sheer elegance with the ball at his feet all across the park, it becomes somewhat easy to see why PSG boldly paid out close to £30m for the South American’s services in the first place.
Pastore is a distinctly exciting player to watch on his day, for although the midfielder has admittedly spent most of his time in the French capital as little more than a glorified bench-warmer, his overall ability arguably remains in place, even at this somewhat stagnant period in his ever evolving career.
Although the former Argentina international international certainly isn’t guaranteed to become an instant hit in the Premier League, Chelsea could in fact be on the end of a rather shrewd capture in this particular instance, but only if the Stamford Bridge boardroom staff aren’t forced to pay over the odds for the somewhat forgotten PSG man.
Even though a fair amount of promise still theoretically resides in the boots of Pastore, despite the South American’s obvious lack of influence in Ligue 1, this is one player who would most definitely represent something of a risk for Chelsea in the cold light of day.
The Blues have played host to one too many unreliable luxury assets who seemingly haven’t pulled their weight for the large part this season, and as Chelsea certainly can’t risk another unsuccessful campaign, Conte should only look for players who will stand up and be counted right when it matters most.
As Javier Pastore must still go down as a promising talent, even at this somewhat forgettable stage in his career, Chelsea should make their move before any of their equally ambitious Premier League counterparts decide to beat them to it…