The transfer deadline is rapidly approaching, as clubs around the world look to make necessary improvements for the 2016-17 season ahead. After a strong start to the English Premier League season, Chelsea FC and manager Antonio Conte could still have one final addition. Reports suggest that Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez could be headed to Stamford Bridge, with the possibility of a loan on the table as well.
After his stunning performance for Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Los Galacticos paid an extravagant 63 million pounds to acquire Rodriguez from Ligue 1’s AS Monaco.
His first season in Madrid saw a promising performance within a squad brimming with talent, as he scored 17 goals across all competitions. Injuries nagged Rodriguez from time to time, but overall he seemed to be getting comfortable with his new teammates and life in a new league.
But after manager Zinedine Zidane took over for Rafa Benitez last season, Rodriguez has found himself as surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and may be at a new club within the next 24 hours. His transfer fee and high wages make him difficult to move in many ways, as a loan deal may be the best option to showcase what he is still capable of. At only 25 years old, he can be a force in the midfield and in the attack.
We look at what King James can bring to Chelsea FC if a deal is completed.
GOAL SCORING ABILITY
Rodriguez has shown an incredible ability to not only set up scoring chances for others, but find the back of the net himself. Throughout his time with FC Porto, Monaco and Real Madrid, he has been able to display a fine scoring touch.
In only 55 La Liga appearances with Real Madrid before this season, the Colombian was able to find 20 goals. In three seasons with Monaco and Porto before arriving in Spain, he had consecutive campaigns of 10+ goals. Another 16 goals in 48 caps with the Colombian national team highlight his skills on the international level as well.
A true number ten.
James Rodriguez is able to create space and bring others into the attack. He has been a major catalyst for Colombia’s recent strong performances and should be able to replicate that success if given the chance at Chelsea.
Forwards like Diego Costa should expect to see their goal numbers rise if Rodriguez is added.
TOO MANY ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS?
With players like Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian already on the roster, is it possible that the addition of James Rodriguez is too much of one position?
Conte often uses one striker in his tactical formations, so there would be room to move players around the lineup.
Besides the ability to move midfielders into various positions depending on match situations, Rodriguez would provide Conte with excellent depth and the ability to rotate players during domestic cup competitions and when fixtures get congested around the end of the calendar year.
James Rodriguez has struggled in living up to the tremendous hype that comes with being a big signing for Real Madrid, but he would certainly make a strong addition to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea lineup.
Roy Emanuel, TFN International Correspondent on 30/08/2016 at 15:35
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