THE PROS AND CONS OF SIGNING JAMES RODRIGUEZ

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Chelsea have been linked with Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez, and reports have it that Antonio Conte is interested in bringing the Colombian international to Stamford Bridge.

If this deal goes through, what does it mean for Chelsea?

There are so many positives and negatives as well that the transfer could bring to Antonio Conte’s team that has been perfect in the last 12 games.

The positives

1. Frenzy

James Rodriguez is a top player, and he’s that kind of player that the fans love to see. Fans love star signings, and signing a player in the calibre of Rodriguez will make the fans excited.

2. Revenues

The frenzy that will come as a result of Rodriguez’s transfer can increase the revenue of the club, which is a good thing, as the club will become stronger as a result financially. Merchandise from the sale of Rodriguez’s shirt is to be expected, as fans are drawn to players of this quality. Also, more fans will be willing to pay to watch the Colombian, meaning fuller stadiums.

3. Quality

We all know the quality of James Rodriguez, despite his bench status at Real Madrid. Rodriguez is an assist king and also has an eye for goals, spectacular goals at that.

Buying Rodriguez will add more bite to the Chelsea attack.

However, there are still some cons that might make the transfer a waste of money.

 

The negatives

1. His defensive attribute

We all know Rodriguez’s strengths lie in his attacking abilities. Defensive wise, Rodriguez is similar to Cesc Fabregas. He isn’t really the type that would bust up and down the flanks, fight to recover lost balls or be energetic in closing down players. Except he improves on that part of his game, it could affect Chelsea’s rhythm, as we already have Eden Hazard who has a free role.

2. Unsettling first team stability

Spending huge money on a player like James Rodriguez means you’d have to play him regularly, and this could affect the stability in the team.

Conte already has a stable line-up, and adding the Real Madrid man could relegate Pedro or Willian to the bench, and it could be a problem if he doesn’t fit in.

3. Dressing room unity

With two key players like Pedro and Willian on the bench because of a new signing, it could make them feel unappreciated and unhappy. This could lead to dressing unrest, and when one or two key players are disgruntled, the team suffers.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.