Next our man runs the rule over Chelsea and Evertons new signings…
Thanks to their recently acquired title of Champions of Europe, and owner Roman Abramovich’s seemingly bottomless pockets, Chelsea have signed some of Europe’s finest talent already, with another few signings looming in the next few weeks.
The two they have officially signed are both midfielders, Marko Marin (7.0) and Belgian starlet Eden Hazard (9.5).
At 7.0, Marin is slightly overpriced for what I think he will deliver. Plying his trade mainly on the left wing, he essentially plays the exact position of current Chelsea POTY Juan Mata (9.5). As a Chelsea fan, I see him playing as an impact sub that could get more game time later on in the season as cup games clash with the Premier League. It’s a no-go for me, as he will not usurp Mata on the left.
Hazard is where things get interesting though. If I were to hazard a guess as to his starting position (teehee), it would be as a CAM, directly behind Fernando Torres (10.0). After watching him win his second consecutive Ligue 1 player of the year last year, at only 21 years old, the kid has got serious skill. I’m locking him in to my team, and given Chelsea’s double game week to start the year, you’d be silly not to.
Everton have made just the one signing so far this window, by taking advantage of the currently situation of Rangers and snapping up striker Steven Naismith (6.5). The move will see him link up with his former strike partner at Rangers, Nikica Jelavic (8.5), in what could potentially be the start of an illustrious partnership. The problem is however, Everton have perenially been slow starters to the season, so initially, he does not loom as the best option, especially given his role as Everton’s second striker. If manager David Moyes wishes to stray from his sole striker formation, Naismith may become a relatively cheap option, but I just can’t see him being the fantasy phenomenon Jelavic was last year, especially given his ACL injury that ruined his last season.