Chelsea are expected to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina for a hefty fee of £26.8 million. While the Colombian winger is a player with an excellent reputation, whether he can be an upgrade for Jose Mourinho's squad remains a question to be answered.
Mourinho is said to have been following Cuadrado closely since his impressive performance in World Cup 2014. The Portuguese hopes the 26-year-old Cuadrado can give him better attacking options on the right wing, with Willian and, more notably, Andre Schurrle not contributing enough in the way of goals and assists.
Cuadrado is a highly regarded for his versatility. He can play well as an attacking winger and a wing-back. His ability to track back and defend is also a plus point. Of all wingers Mourinho currently has, Willian is the most hard-working, but his contribution in defence is no where near tireless Cuadrado's.
The question here, therefore, is not Cuadrado's quality - if the Colombian star can fully adapt to Premier League, he surely will be a huge addition to Chelsea squad. But they key point is whether or not Mourinho addressing the real problem Chelsea are facing.
Maybe Schurrle, Willian and even Mo Salah, who is reportedly moving to the opposite direction with Cuadrado, are not as good as Mourinho has expected. But, judging Chelsea's season so far, attacking has never been an issue with them. With Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Oscar, Chelsea have one of the best attacking forces in Europe.
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The problem they are really facing is in defence. When fully fit and fresh, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta can never be questioned for their reliability. But they can not be fit all the time and, when any of these four encounter a problem, Chelsea can struggle.
With the season heading into the business end, Chelsea's 'big four' defenders are in danger of suffering from fatigue. They need to be rested, or the mistakes will creep in. Mourinho, however, refuses to rotate, claiming that he does not have enough quality in the bench.
So why, then, has he not signed another defender?
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