Why Chelsea should break the bank for Xabi Alonso

Chelsea have once again been linked with a move for former Liverpool man Xabi Alonso.

He would be a superb signing for Chelsea in several ways and someone who would ultimately be able to step up and play the Frank Lampard sort of role in Chelsea’s midfield more regularly than the great man himself.

Chelsea were linked with Alonso heavily last month when the suggestion of his possible return to Liverpool was discussed but the Blues now seem ready to make a fresh approach for the Spaniard according to European news sources.

As a midfielder his basic passing success rate was competitive last season with 83% of his passes finding their destination.

You may well think that should be closer to 90% for a player of his quality and experience but Chelsea have more effective creative midfielders in Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.

His long range passing is also up there as good as anyone else in the Chelsea midfield with 6.3 accurate long balls played per match in La Liga games last season.

Alonso can spray the ball from one end of the pitch to the other in no time at all, which means Chelsea can switch from defence to attack in seconds.

Alonso’s job in the Chelsea team would effectively be to sit and pull the strings, taking the pressure off of those creative players and making the side tick as an attacking unit.

Alonso also has a decent aerial duel success rating of 2.1 challenges won per game based on last season.

Add to that his existing knowledge of English football and he’s effectively the perfect midfielder for Chelsea in the respect that Mourinho knows him, he knows the league and he can be thrown in at the deep end.

He’s also not afraid to get stuck in with tackles, producing 3.2 successful challenges per game last season.

That suggests he should be very effective breaking up the counter attack because the trio of Mata, Oscar and Hazard will frequently be pinned inside the opponent’s final third, building pressure over them.

Chelsea’s chances of getting him depend on what stance Real Madrid take with the Spaniard this summer.

As things stand he’s only got one-year left to run on his current deal and at 31-years-old he’ll be looking for regular football as he won’t want to spend the rest of his career on the bench.

He’ll never be as effective as Lampard in terms of goalscoring because they are different players but he can be as effective in terms of authority and controlling the midfield.

What do you think? Perfect man for Chelsea?

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