Signing Alexandre Pato is not a gamble, according to Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.
The Brazilian striker is reportedly on the verge of completing a six-month loan deal, following more than three years outside of European football.
Considering both Pato's decline - since his emergence as the next star of Brazilian footballer as a teenager - and the history of famous strikers flopping at Stamford Bridge, there is widespread fear that the 26-year-old could struggle at Chelsea.
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However, interim manager Hiddink was quick to dispel such ideas in his press conference.
"It’s not a gamble because coming on loan lets us see if he can adapt to the demands.
"We’ll give him all of the help we can. If you buy players who must make the next step then it’s more of a risk."
"We’ll see if the club is happy with him in the upcoming months. He cannot be fully fit yet."
The move is arguably more of a risk for Pato personally than Chelsea. Realistically the Blues' hopes of reaching the top four are over, implying they have less to lose than normal.
The Champions League and more realistically the FA Cup, still present opportunities for silverware; however, Hiddink will be able to give the Brazilian more time to settle than many of his predecessors.
For Pato, this could be a make or break move. Having initially impressed during his time at AC Milan, injuries soon took their toll, forcing the striker to return to his native Brazil, in order to recapture his best form.
Though 23 goals in 47 appearances for Sao Paulo last season alerted Chelsea's interest, Pato his it all to prove as he approaches a return to the big time.
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