Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has explained the reasoning behind signing defender Baba Rahman as a replacement for Felipe Luis at the club.
'The Special One' has described new Ghanaian international as a 'pure' left-back, and someone who will provide competition for Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta - who has been playing out of position on the left rather than in his preferred right-back position.
Luis was also a left-back by trade but left Stamford Bridge for Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer. Mourinho explained ahead of the match against West Brom that he sees Rahman as a 'young Filipe', suggesting that the nine-year age difference was one of the main reasons for the signing.
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"He's our pure left-back, because Azpi is an adaptation," explained Mourinho, according to the official Chelsea website.
"He's left-footed, a left-back, the offensive one, the one that has a cross, has a pass, and likes to go forward. I would say he's a younger Filipe Luis. Filipe Luis is a good player, that’s why he plays for Atletico and for the Brazil national team. Baba is a young Filipe – Filipe is 30, Baba is 21."
Luis arrived on the King's Road from the Vicente Calderon Stadium, but failed to force his way into Mourinho's starting line-up and ultimately paid the price after just one season with the club.
Rahman will be hoping for better during his time with Chelsea after arriving from Augsburg, although he wasn't included on Sunday during the Blues' 3-2 victory over the Baggies at the Hawthorns.
Fellow new signing Pedro did start, scoring and creating a goal in the win, whilst Azpilicueta continued on the left of the defence. Questions remain over the best centre pairing at Mourinho's disposal however, with John Terry sent-off in the second-half and now facing a spell on the sidelines through suspension.
For the record, Diego Costa and Azpilicueta were on target for Chelsea, with James Morrison bagging a brace for the hosts. He also missed a penalty in a pulsating contest in the Midlands.
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