In the past few days there has been a fair amount of questioning over Chelsea's decision to shell out £30million for attacking midfielder Willian from Anzi.
On paper the move seems peculiar at best. With the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, and Victor Moses already available for Jose Mourinho, why sign a player that plays virtually the same position as the others?
But this was not a move to fill a glaring need on the team. Instead, it was Jose Mourinho asserting his dominance.
Let’s take a look at the simple facts: Mourinho snatched Willian from Tottenham; one of Chelsea’s fiercest rivals. Spurs had identified Willian as a player who could fill the void left by Gareth Bale’s imminent departure.
Now, instead of selling Bale, Spurs must continue their search for a replacement and could very easily be stuck with a disgruntled superstar if a deal is not done for their want-away Welshman. Neither scenario is ideal for the Lillywhites, as it keeps the future of the club shrouded in uncertainty.
It must have been disheartening to all involved with Tottenham to see a player almost sign, then decide at the last moment to join one of their biggest rivals.
Meanwhile, at SW6, Chelsea fans are eagerly anticipating how Jose will deploy all of his attacking options. In one move, Mourinho was able to weaken a rival club, and strengthen his.
We also cannot forget who the manager at White Heart Lane is: Andre Villas-Boas, one of Mourinho’s protégés.
Losing a player to any other club must be frustrating, but to do so to his mentor must certainly make AVB think twice about his credentials. The saga seems like an ‘anything you can do I can do better’ situation.
In this instance, Mourinho did better than Villas-Boas, and Chelsea did better than Tottenham.
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