Thursday, September 1, 2011
Well, it's hard to refuse when a team like Chelsea comes knocking at your door. Even harder when possibly the best Portuguese coach in the business wants you. Extremely irresistible when Chelsea can offer you first team playing minutes and Champions League football. Thus, Raul Meireles weighed up his options and decided to join the Andre Villa-Boas Chelsea evolution.
While watching the Chelsea-Norwich match, I had argued that Chelsea needed a playmaking midfielder. Little did I know that Chelsea was tracking Liverpool's 2011 PFA Fans Footballer of The Year. To be fair, Meireles is the second best option after Modric. His energy and intelligent footballing skills will be perfect for the Blues once he is fully fit from injury. Fernando Torres must really be licking his chops now knowing that he will soon have the service he craved to become a Blues legend.
Raul Meireles was the midfielder that I felt Liverpool must not lose. Of all the midfield additions that the Reds have made, Meireles offered something different in both ends of the pitch. Lucas and Spearing does the defensive duties well. Adam, Maxi and Downing are great as attacking midfielders. Meireles is the only complete midfielder that Liverpool have and his loss will be felt. The hope is that Jordan Henderson can eventually flourish into the Meireles mould.
With Obi Mikel on Nigeria duty next year, Meireles will play an important role in ensuring Chelsea continue to challenge for the Premiership title this season. As a Liverpool fan, I hate to see him go but the Reds' loss is definitely the Blues' gain.
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