Ahead of Chelsea's match against reigning Premier league champions Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has announced the imminent signing of attacking midfielder Willian which has led to subsequent questions from fans and pundits alike if that is the signing needed by the Blues.
Amid a host of attacking talents that includes the ever reliable Juan Mata, the skilful Eden Hazard, the classy Oscar and other gifted attackers still fighting for playing time, Chelsea announced the deal to bring Willian from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala without really addressing the issue of a the need for a world-class holding midfielder.
Chelsea have been looking vulnerable without a holding midfielder as Frank Lampard and Ramires both seem to have forgotten who has to protect the back four, which leaves Mourinho with three options in the shape of John Obi Mikel, Marco van Ginkel and Michael Essien with the former reportedly a target for Rafael Benitez and Napoli. Essien seems to have lost his touch after a career threatening injury and Van Ginkel is seen as a future star.
The question is how this Chelsea team can be balanced with or without the signing of a holding midfielder. Firstly, Mikel has to be restored to the starting line up at the expense of Ramires and Essien should be a reliable deputy.
With a series of cup matches, Van Ginkel could receive the playing time which would provide him with the experience needed to cover these two players, though it might not be needed this season. Brazilian David Luiz can also do a good job as a holding midfielder, not forgetting the often underrated Oscar. With good rotation and management skills by Mourinho, Chelsea might not need to sign a holding midfielder the fans so desperately want.
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