Jose Mourinho has been very shrewd and very precise in the transfer market this summer, seemingly unwilling to fork out over the top prices for players, content with the squad he’s inherited at Stamford Bridge.
However, Sami Khedira is a player who has the ability to move the Chelsea midfield on another level, which is important considering the Blues are going for glory on all fronts this season, especially the Premier League and Champions League.
One of the most obvious reasons he’s a perfect player for Chelsea is because he fills a position in the current squad, which does have an air of uncertainty hanging over it.
As a holding and defensive midfield player, his job is to protect the back four as well as linking up with central and attacking midfield, when Chelsea are looking to shift the ball forward quickly.
It’s an obvious point but his height, six feet two inches, is significant considering Chelsea have an otherwise very small midfield.
He would add to the intimidation factor of Chelsea, protecting the likes of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard who would be able to focus more on their attacking and creative roles and less on dropping back to guard against the counter attack.
His experience for a 26-year-old seems to be way beyond his years. He’s racked up Champions League and La Liga appearances, some under Mourinho, while also appearing regularly for the German national team.
What that means for Chelsea is that there are no fears are far as worries over him settling into Premier League football. He’s in the elite bracket of players who could be dropped into any league around the world and play effectively.
He’s a player who was not happy to see the back of Mourinho when he left Real Madrid at the end of last season.
“I want to thank him for the opportunity he gave me at Real. I want to thank him for the support he was given me. He has always had my back, especially when I was attracting criticism from the press,” said the German.
Several die hard and pro-Real Madrid supporters and officials have effectively labelled Mourinho as a disease on Spanish football but it’s significant that Khedira is not one of them and that he has a very respectable friendship with the Portuguese coach.
The past the two of them have is very important because Khedira knows the way Mourinho likes to play football and Mourinho knows how to get the best out of Khedira.
The Chelsea side doesn’t have to adapt to having such a high profile midfielder, it’s very much the other way round and the fact the pair have worked together before is just another reason why Khedira is a perfect target.
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