Can Chelsea get it right and right back? Jose Bosingwa, with not too much disappointment, leaves the club and Chelsea will need some coverage in that position. However, they do have some natural cover in the squad to compensate for the right back position. But if Chelsea really are driving forward in the direction of style and flair, there are a couple of market options which could suit them better. Here we take a look at the Chelsea right back situation and ask whether that right back spot could be a key missing link.
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The Serbian has pretty much covered there, and has been a stalwart. With supposed interest coming from Real Madrid and a summer move for Ivanovic, Chelsea would be wrong to pass up the chance to move him on. I like Ivanovic, hard working, consistent and have never seen him give less than 100%, but he is not Ashley Cole quality and that is what the Blues need on the right side of defence. Tough defender, but a head-down charging bull when going forward without much vision. At a cost of over £20 because of his contract at Stamford bridge until 2016, it is unlikely that the La Liga champions will fork that kind of money out for him. So Ivanovic will remain the top option at right back.
The Sideshow Bob of football is no stranger to the right back spot. His galloping forward runs would suit the role to some degree as well. However, he has matured quite well in the centre half role and the Blues really need him there, as it is unlikely that John Terry will get a full season in. Out of Luiz and Ivanovic, would put the burly Serbian in a right back ahead of the Brazilian, because Luiz is far more mobile in the centre and better on the ball.
It is such a shame that he has been bothered so much through injury, because it has slowed him down and taken some edge away from his game. He could work on his fitness and get back to his natural beast-best next season, and he has worked the right back position before with Chelsea, with some success. I am a huge Essien fan, and wish he was still in his prime to occupy the defensive midfield role over Mikel. That is where he excels, but unless he steps his game back up, could be nothing more than a squad rotation player. At his best, he would replace Mikel, not cover right back again because of pace issues.
A very interesting option Chelsea have in Ramires. What are his strengths? His unrelenting work rate and his pace. The guy is a horse who will just keep running and running and he has the pace to really help out in overlapping from the right back spot. With the arrival of new players in the summer in the midfield and up top, it sounds strange to say, but the Braizlian may be working hard to nail down a regular starting spot in the side. If you are thinking somewhere along the lines of Hazard, Torres, Hulk up front, Mata, Lampard, Mikel in the middle, where else does Ramires fit in other than swapping for Lampard when he needs a rest? Tremendous work rate and could be a real diamond back there. He is better running into space though than moving forward with the ball.
Gregory van der Wiel – Age 24 –
Market Value £8.8 million
The young Dutchman should be top of Chelsea's transfer list for a right back, without question. If you rolled up the power of Ramires, the defensive qualities of Michael Essien and the creativity of Juan Mata all into one, you'll get the young Ajax player. Never stops running and brilliant with the ball at his feet. Will track up and down the pitch all afternoon long, and is the closet match to a right-sided enterprising Ashley Cole that Chelsea could get their hands on. Should be a major transfer target for the Blues.
Danilo Luiz da Silva – Age 20 –
Market Value £8.8 million
The Blues could well go for more of a Brazilian flair if they raided FC Porto again to get Danilo. Would be a second choice to GVDW without a doubt, but there is a lot of promise in the youngster too. Versatile and quick, you'll see him in the Brazil squad, and Real Madrid will probably be after him because of the price tag on Ivanovic.
Rafinha – Age 26 – market value of
We're going with the Samba Boys again here in another right back. This is the big cheaper-gamble option. It wouldn't take anywhere near his value to get him. Probably half. Rafinha, currently at Bayern Munich and out of favour there after an average season at best, was not helped out by an injury which saw young David Alba take his spot. But Rafinha is a solid player and could flourish in the Premier League. For some reason, most Brazilians don't seem to fit in too well with the Bundesliga and Bayern would let him go (he's already been offered in player + cash deal), so Chelsea could take a gamble here.