After failing to qualify for the Champions League Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has decided that he would like to pursue his footballing career in greener pastures, well a Chelsea blue pasture to be more exact.
Modric was rumored to be an object of desire for Manchester United as a replacement for the legendary Paul Scholes. Yet once things shook out Sir Alex decided to spend his money elsewhere. Since then Chelsea has became the main destination for the tiny Croatian midfielder despite Tottenham being adamant that they do not want to sell him.
You would think if that were the case, that the player would not be for sale. However, Modric appears to be hopeful of a move and not ruling out anything. Looking at experiences like this throughout history, that likely means that the Croatian international may soon be on the move.
Yet, does he fit the Chelsea mold? In one word, no. Chelsea haven’t had this as an official motto, but if you watch them play they are, “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” That’s not to say that Chelsea don’t have skilled players, but to add to that ability their players are physical specimen.
At forward Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres are not only skilled but big, strong, physical and fast. They are able to match-up with the big brutes of the Premiership and hold their own. It also lends the team the ability to be versatile. They can play intricate passes, the long ball and even score of off crosses from out-wide.
In the back they have Cole at left back who is stockily built and about as fast as they come. Then the rest of the line-up back there consists of players such John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Alex that’s enough power to bully an entire team much less a bevy of marauding forwards.
Even in the midfield Chelsea has been full of powerhouses. Flourent Malouda comes in at 6′ tall and then you have Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel, all of whom would be the most physically imposing midfielder on just about any team in the premiership. The one player who doesn’t fall under this category is Ramires. And, really the swanky Brazilian did not perform in the same manner as he did for Benfica or Brazil where he acted as a quick striking counter attacker. He was once regarded as an up an coming youngster who was rated by many clubs and managers, but how often do you hear people speaking about him now?
This begs the question, “would Modric be as effective whilst in a Chelsea uniform?” Undoubtedly no, while Chelsea could benefit from his intelligent play and intricate passing it is just not how they go about things. Teams like Arsenal struggle with bigger, stronger and more direct teams such as Stoke, but teams like that are much less of a threat to Chelsea.
This isn’t saying that Chelsea are bullies, but they impose their will on teams and then use their skill to finish them off. Could a guy like Modric aid in their rivalry with a team like Manchester United? Yes, but after splashing big money on Juan Mata how much are they willing to pay for another super-sub type player who drastically decreases the teams basic dynamic?
Also, how willing is Modric to sacrifice to play Champions League football? One would dare to argue that he is Tottenham’s most important player, but at Chelsea he would struggle to regularly crack the starting XI.
This may be a match that is bound to happen, but by no means is it a match made in heaven. Modric has proven he can hold his own in the Premiership, but he definitely isn’t the physical type presence that Chelsea have made a staple. Both Modric and Chelsea should be wary of the potential move and the impact it could have on their futures.
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