Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for their former Serbian international Nemanja Matic recently, despite selling him to S.L. Benfica in 2011 as part exchange for the controversial Brazilian star David Luiz.
It's hard to believe Chelsea let go such a talented midfielder, no matter how proficient their squad was.
He may not have been the fully evolved defensive midfield player Chelsea desired back then, but his talent even then was undeniable.
The 25 year old plays a defensive midfield role for Benfica and appears to be the type of player that would tighten up the defensive mechanics of the Chelsea side.
Their defence of late, has been subject to absurd amounts of criticism and although their defence has not been at its best; the team as a whole has struggled.
However, Chelsea's defence should not hide away in the shadows as a few mistakes have led to poor results recently, most noticeably their 3-2 defeat to Stoke City.
Jose Mourinho has not held back with his frustrated opinions and has recently suggested that 'dummies' could score past the Chelsea defence, some may question his policy about exposing his players in the media, but what you can say is at least they know where they stand.
Although Chesea have an extremely talent cluttered midfield, the lack of defensive midfield stars is transparent. John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien being the only stand out defensive midfield players.
Ramires does sometimes entertain the role, but Ramires will always be itching to move forward and join the attacks and the majority of the time is not focused on defensive duties.
Although Essien is a true role model for his position, Mourinho does not seem to trust Essien to the extent of his other players. He has only been required in either cup matches or one off games so far this season.
Whereas Matic is very committed to defensive duties and would sit in front of the struggling defence, offering support and allowing Ramires or Frank Lampard to join attacks more often.
His tackles are very precise and his physical presence is an intimidating prospect for Benfica's opposition.
Matic also has valued, vital Champions League experience to his belt and this would surely be a deciding factor if Chelsea were to try and bring home Matic.
There would be a few barriers in the way of this move materialising though. First of all Matic has made a herculean impact since joining Benfica and his price has only escalated with more appearances to his name.
Also Matic would have to be persuaded to re-join Chelsea and given the fact they were quick to advertise his services to Benfica; it would not be easy.
Even though Chelsea are amongst the most prestigious clubs in the world, to cajole Matic would not be a simple task.
However his move would be without a doubt beneficial for Chelsea and although it has not been confirmed Chelsea do want to lure the Serbian from the Lisbon based club, there has been numerous occasions where he has been linked with a move back.
Matic seems to be ideal for this Chelsea team, although you cannot call it a defensive conundrum or dilemma, the issue does need to be addressed and with plenty of experience, defensive and unique passing capabilities the Serbian should be towards the top of Mourinho's shortlist this winter.
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