He's sympto-matic. He's auto-matic. He's Nemanja Matic

16 January 2014 09:29

Throwing money into the transfer market has almost become a way of life for Chelsea since Roman Abramovich turned up at Stamford Bridge. Big money signings are, of course, often a part of building a team that win trophies, but sometimes, you have to ask if someone, somewhere near the top has a case to answer.

For those not sure of the history, here it is. The player that Chelsea have just lavished a reported £21million on was actually used as a ‘makeweight’ in the deal that took David Luiz from Benfica to Chelsea. Nothing wrong with that you may think, but the fact is that in that deal Matic was rated at less than £5million. He’d made a mere three substitute appearances in the 2009-10 season, before being loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem in August 2010, and then traded to Benfica in early 2011. So, why have the Blues decided to accept a loss of some £16million on these transfers, without someone asking the question "why?"

Apparently Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho identified the midfielder as a prime transfer target when he re-joined the Blues. Well, I guess, why wouldn't he? Clearly, he wasn't involved in the sale of the young Serb back in 2011, and if he can point up an error made by one of his predecessors, Jose being Jose, he isn’t going to pass up on that chance, now is he? Further, it has to be said that signing Matic is probably not a bad purchase for the club anyway. Lacking a reliable, but still young and developing player capable of playing the role of sitting in front of the back four has been a weakness at the club for a while. Deploying Lampard and Luiz there has been fine as a stop gap, but it's hardly ideal or long-term. Much the same can be said about Mikel, and although Ramires appears to be a favourite of Mourinho in the role, having a regular partner there would be ideal for stability of the team. Mourinho has said that Matic has "grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder." It’s clear therefore that the player is destined for regular first tem football.

The problem is of course that this sort of behaviour is bordering on the economics of the madhouse. Sell cheap and buy expensive is hardly the way to keep favour with the FFP strictures of Platini, or Mr Abramovich, for that matter. It has however become very much the way at Stamford Bridge with the top echelons who organise the transfer policy at the club. It's symptomatic. It's automatic. And apparently now, it's Nemanja Matic.

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Source: DSG