Juan Mata Breaks The Chelsea Mould & Torres Will Benefit

By on August 24, 2011

Sitting in the Matthew Harding stand at Stamford Bridge last weekend something was blindingly obvious – Chelsea desperately need a creative midfield player.

Far to often they stalely played the ball about between them, with players flooding forward, but no penetrating ball was ever produced. Fernando Torres’ sharp runs were nullified by play like this all evening. The normally reliable Frank Lampard looked devoid of ideas, Ramires seemed to go missing when the game kicked off and Salomon Kalou was hauled off after just 35 minutes to be replaced by the less-than-inspiring Florent Malouda.

So it is just as well that The Blues have snapped up 23-year-old Juan Mata from Valencia CF. The vibrant and intelligent player is just what they need in midfield to spice things up a bit.

The Spaniard has reportedly cost the London side £26 million; merely lose change for Roman Abramovich. He is naturally an attacking midfielder who is happy to play through the middle or out on the wing.

He started his career at Real Madrid, working his way through their youth academy, before moving to Valencia in 2007. During his time there he scored 33 goals and played alongside fellow countrymen David Villa and David Silva.

An educated player, Mata already speaks English so he should find it easy to settle into his new home in West-London. Standing at only 5ft 7in he doesn’t really fit the mould of the regular gargantuan Chelsea player, but maybe that is what they need; someone who breaks the mould.

With fellow London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham apparently interested in signing the youngster Chelsea will be chuffed that they managed to get him onto their books.

Full of pace and flair he is the exciting footballer Chelsea fans have been craving to see at the club since the departure of players like Arjen Robben and Damien Duff. He has the ability to finish with finesse as well as play in other players with intricate passing.

Mata prides himself on movement, vision and technique, three essential qualities for an attacking midfielder. He won’t be fazed about coming into a big side either having already played with world-class players at Valencia and having represented Spain at every level from U16 to the full first-team.

He was also part of the U21 Spain squad that dominated this years UEFA Under-21 European Championships. This all works in his favour as Andre Villas-Boas could be tempted to play him in place of any number of midfielders that didn’t do the business last weekend.

Mata isn’t an out-and-out goal scorer, although he does score his fair share for a midfielder, he is more of a playmaker. Last season he was second only to Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil for open play assists, something Fernando Torres will hope to benefit from.

There is no reason why Mata can’t fit in straight away to the Chelsea set up. He is exactly what they are looking for, an explosive and dynamic player who will create chances for the rest of the team. As long as Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka or Torres can benefit from his arrival he will be worth every penny of his transfer fee.

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31 Comments

  1. john

    August 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    our new signing juan mata will make us proud and for all carry the epl,uefa champion league and all others.

  2. Zaneth Daniel

    August 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Juan Mata will. Be a great signig for chelsea because there problem is creative midfielder,please Lampart should sometimes start from bench because he is not consistat in form.blues for life!

  3. Yomi

    August 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    finally the man we are looking for has come.His arrival will mark a new era for chelsea midfield and the whole team.Welcome Juan to chelsea fc the pride of London.

  4. Yungvanni

    August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Lampard needs to be benched or even sale to Tottenham or any other club. Let Lampard make a way for the New man, Juan. We need young n talented man there. He is dulling Torres. Blues for Live!!!

  5. Big jay

    August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    You Are Wellcome Juan Mata

  6. Olubodun

    August 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    These is wonderful stuff, having player like mata. We still need that my friend modric

  7. Igo

    August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    AVB pls adress d lampard issue,if u dont start benchin hm wit d wy h plays,dn am realy convinced dt sm ppl r realy untouchable.dt guy s worn out of ideas n al dt.if u dont adres dt dn it my lead 2 u leavin d bridge while h stays cos h has ntin 2 ofa n u r afraid of hm.simple

  8. charles

    August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    if villa boas does not start mata and lukaku dat means he is not a good coarch,welcome juan,we need,bench dat idiot lampard.

    • Ahmed

      August 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Lampard idiot?? Our third top scorer in the clubs history and not far behind second have some respect the guy is legend!’

  9. Ufuoma Tobi

    August 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Juan u are highly welcomed 2 d world of blues.

  10. Gary

    August 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Mata is a great move in the right direction. But we need two good wings and we should not let Arsenal get Hazard. For a moment at his unveiling this week Lukaku was excited to hear that county man Hazard was coming to the EPL, his face droped when he realized it wasn’t to Chelsea. This was telling. Is Chelsea going to let Hazard (probably a greater talent than Mata) go to Arsenal?

  11. nkycharles

    August 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    let villa boas bench or sold,lampard,drogba,anelka,alex and malouda,if he want 2 compete with man.united,and look 4 cole replacement now b4 it too lack.welcome mata am glad to c u in chelsea.up chelsea 4 life.

  12. Adejare Abiodun Musbau

    August 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    We thank God d@ Mata has arrived to Stamford Bridge. Now, it is left to our Coach to know how to substitute them. Best of luck. Up Chelsea!!!

  13. Damian

    August 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Lampard is truly not in form,but it’s unfair for people to be saying that he should be sold. My opinion is that the coach should try n field only the best players n also make the right substitutions during matches,whether it is Drogba,Lampard,JT,Ashley,etc.

  14. Gabriel Ajayi

    August 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Avb Should sell drogba

  15. Salaudeen Quadri

    August 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Lampard is a legend we need 4 xperience demanding matches,he shouldn’t be sold.2ru blu 4 lyf.

  16. Andy

    August 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    All these plastic Chelsea fans from Africa and Asia, can you please go back to supporting Man U or Liverpool please, we don’t want you. Lampard has two bad games after being an ever present goalscorer and most consistant player of the last 10 years and you cry for him to be dropped? Idiots

  17. gc

    August 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Agree with Andy. All of you(stupid africans) who keep saying to sell Lampard are either not a Chelsea fan for long or ignorant to the fact of his 10+ goals from midfield for the past 8 seasons. Last year he was injured and still managed ten. Year before he scored 22 in the league. Go look at the stats, Chelsea has a higher win percentage when he plays.
    When do you think Chelsea had that bad run last year? When Lampard was injured.
    Please for the love of god stop supporting my team,you never supported them 10-20 years ago. You lot are bandwagon fans, go support Kaizer Chiefs or something.

  18. sircliff

    August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    well andy lamp has been consistant scoring 20+ a season but ur stupid,crazy racial mind refused to tel u dat most of his goals came from de penalty spot it is time for us to be realistic let cfc board organis a testimonial match for lamp by doing dat his name wil be on our lips foreva cfc for life

  19. archibong proudly africans

    August 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    andy and gc you two are fools,you think you paid the africans to watch chelsea matches or what,for your information majority of chelsea fans are africans just because of our beloved DROGBA,MIKEL,ESSIEN,KALOU,this are they players who have made chelsea what is today

  20. gc

    August 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    @archibong..Kalou?? and Essien?? HAHAHA come on. Kalou can’t dribble past ONE defender as he proved over the weekend and Essien had two good seasons then he become a crock. Mikel could only pass backward or sideways. And I love Drogba but he is bipolar when it comes to football. He can score 30 goals one season then 13 the next. So shut up, you have no idea what you’re talking about, they made Chelsea what it is today? You’re losing it.

    @sircliff…don’t be an idiot, all lamps goals come from the penalty spot? When did you really start watching Chelsea games? And you think it’s easy to score a penalty infront of thousands of your fans and opposing jeering fans?
    You fools have no idea about the history of Chelsea because according to this clown above me, players like Kalou ‘made’ Chelsea.
    That’s why I said you people couldn’t have been Chelsea supporters for long. With idiotic statements like that.

  21. AJ

    August 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    both andy nd gc are wrong caling african supporters fools… We are all supporting thesame team….we shldnt allow racism btwn us fans….dat why the game is called fair.. I admit dat its wrong for fans to call lamps a flop or to be sold….bt u two hav takin it too personal

  22. Gary

    August 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    With Mata signed Chesea will want to balance the attack with an opposite wing of similar quality; to stretch the opposition you need two wings. Hazard is the obvious choice – how many of us saw Lukaku’s desire for Hazard to join Chelsea when he was interviewed at his unveiling. Surely Chelsea will not leave Hazard to Arsenal??

  23. holla

    August 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    andy,gc..whot is d meanin of dis..?becos ur tokin football warrants u to cal Africans fools.!u are very STUPID AND SENSELESS…!!!dis is aw u start war and den u’ll say Africans are wicked!evn if someone says sometin wrong cant u just address the issue politely or better still correct them?rather u deemed it as an opportunity to insult AFRICANS..u RACIST!!!i dint kno hw u pple even think…hw i wish i knew u or see u face 2 face den i show u dat Africans are not FOOLS,but u elements are!NONSENSE…dont u ever in your stupid life and useless lifes call AFRICANS FOOL again or else u’ll be cursed till ETERNITY…!!!!and appologise 4 what uv said!

    • gc

      August 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      @ holla…Exactly how did I insult africans? I insulted their KNOWLEDGE OF CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB.

      Also, when you learn to type and speak properly, then I’ll apologize. But your situation doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen soon.

  24. raymondoga

    August 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

    i am happy for chelsea signing juan mata but will need another creative midfielder like luka modric incase any problem arises,up blue!billionaries for life.

  25. sircliff

    August 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

    gc u are just an unreasonable basterd a senseless son of a peasant dog see it is time ur racial mind respect we african just imagin the history of cfc without drogba hw i wish fernando torress is an african man he could have been nailed to the cross…………………………..apology to nando hope to see ur best

    • gc

      August 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      @sircliff..did I disrespect you or any of your family? I stayed on topic about football and the lack of knowledge the new african fans possess about Chelsea. And yet you didn’t. You stupid, ignorant, aids infested, poor, dirty, monkey eating african clown. That racist enough for you?
      Just imagine Chelsea without Drogba? He only played there for 6 years you fool.

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  27. sircliff

    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    well apologies to gc and all de true blues fan for my careless word on our super frankie hope to see us move forward this season

  28. wesley kalu

    August 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    pls AVB dnt miss out on eden hazard 4 any reason.he is d kind of player we need at d bridge.d same goes 2 juao monthino,we cnt wait 4 modric 4 ever

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