Celtic’s Victor Wanyama could easily head to Stamford Bridge this summer if Chelsea feel they need to go after him.
Chelsea have been missing a bit of midfield presence this season, the sort of enforcer that can go around putting the fear of God into the opposition.
They do have someone in Michael Essien who can do that job but his loan spell at Real Madrid, coupled with a persistent hamstring problem, suggests he may not have a future at the club, regardless of who the next boss is.
The impending departure of Frank Lampard is also going to leave a gaping great hole in the midfield and while Lampard is not an enforcer, it’s his charisma and presence which will definitely be missed.
One player who could be ideal for the role is Victor Wanyama who has been linked with nearly every big Premier League side this season, following his best run of performances for Celtic.
He seems destined for a move down south into England, it’s just a case of whether that’s at Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea among others.
There are plenty of good reasons it should be Chelsea because he’s a player who could improve the side in a number of crucial ways ahead of the new season.
Not only would he take some of the pressure away from John Obi Mikel in that role in front of the back four, he’d offer genuine competition for that role of midfield heavyweight.
He seems like a very hungry and ambitious young man who could thrive under the pressure and expectancy of a club like Chelsea, plus he’s shown he can perform on the big occasions such as when Celtic defeated Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.
It doesn’t really matter that his technique is not up to the standard of several other Chelsea players in the middle because that’s not what they would be buying him for.
They would be buying him to simply put him in the team and cave in to all of his natural urges; aggression, strength, aerial dominance and pace on the counter attack.
Chelsea’s defence has looked vulnerable at times this season to the sort of players who run in behind with a lot of pace, or drop off to drag central defenders out of position.
Those are two things which Wanyama is good enough to stop which gives the Chelsea back four a great chance of staying drilled and organised to withstand vast amounts of pressure over the course of a game.
The money Celtic will demand for him isn’t an option because Chelsea have more than enough to outmuscle any other side in the hunt to sign him, if he’s a player they genuinely want to go after.
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