It has been reported in the press today that Chelsea may well make a move for Hulk this summer to further their options in attack. Roman Abramovich was hot on the heels of the Brazil international last summer, but the South American chose a move to Zenit St Petersburg instead. However, with Hulk unsettled in Russia, should Chelsea reignite their attempts to sign him?
On first glance it appears that Hulk may well be what the Blues need – physical, strong, fast with an excellent goal scoring record. However while placing your bet on your favorite team in Soccer other options should be considered; the Stamford Bridge club will have more suitable players available to them for the astronomical transfer fee that it will take to bring Hulk to west London.
Despite his physical attributes, Hulk fancies himself as a ball player and in traditional Brazilian style wants to drop deep to get involved in possession. There is nothing wrong with this, however that type of player is not what is needed at Chelsea. With the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and the mercurial Juan Mata as playmakers, another player dropping into the mix to play passes is unnecessary.
With the creative players at the club’s disposal, an out-an-out finisher and goalscorer is needed to convert chances rather than another technical ball player. In that respect Hulk’s former Porto teammate Radamel Falcao is a much closer fit, as is someone like Edinson Cavani or Robert Lewandowski.
One must also quest Hulk’s motivations, after Chelsea lost out to Zenit in the battle for his signature last summer. The South American has followed the money to play in Russia, and after realising that he does not want to be there now is ready to jump ship; this despite the fact that he only moved to Zenit in September.
Chelsea need team players and characters that are ready to battle to win close games. As talented as Hulk is, it appears that he is not the right player for the Blues, and has questionable motives. Given the huge potential transfer fee also, Mr. Abramovich would be best spend his money elsewhere.