All this commotion about Juan Mata possibly leaving Chelsea to join our bitter rivals Manchester United has made me sick to my stomach. Juan Mata is one of the most, if not the most, influential player on our squad. He is the reigning player of the year (two years running) and amassed a remarkable 39 assists in all competitions for club and country last season. Along with his generous creativity, Mata also found his knack for finding the back of the net, scoring 21 total goals, the most ever in his career. That's a statistic fans of Tottenham and Manchester alike can appreciate even with all the hate they have towards everything Chelsea.
So, why would Chelsea sell a player of his caliber?
Answer: They won't.
Our beloved manager tried his best to squash the rumors of Mata leaving by saying:
He is a player we all like, a player we all want to keep. We want more quality, not less quality.
Of course, this won't stop the media from continuing to run with the story of Mata potentially leaving, because, why would it? They know Chelsea want Rooney, it's been made public and United made public that they have no intention of selling the disgruntled striker. Still, Mata is a world class player and if Chelsea really want Rooney, then it makes a compelling story that will generate many views if Mata is made available to United in exchange for Rooney. After all, this would be the very definition of a "blockbuster" deal involving two of the biggest clubs in not just England, but the whole world and on top of that two bitter rivals.
With reports indicating that Chelsea have hijacked Tottenham's bid for Willian and a simple "secret medical" is all that's left for Chelsea to complete the hijacking, this has further fueled the Mata to United story. Even with the addition of Willian, it still does not make sense for Chelsea to sell their prized Spaniard. Mata is capable of playing in every single position across the band of three. Mourinho has indicated he would like to utilize him as a right winger and Mata has thrived in that position in the past.
Willian is another creative genius who can play in every position along the band of three but is mostly deployed as a left winger. The addition of Willian will provide Chelsea with a dynamic force that will leave defenses clueless as to who to concentrate on and how to possibly stop an attack because no matter who is deployed in the attacking band, every single player is either world class or one step away from world class. The one player that is furthest away from being world class (and please don't confuse this as a knock towards him, more of immense praise for the other players around him) is Victor Moses.
Victor is a very talented winger that definitely has a bright future ahead of him. He had his ups and downs last season but proved to be a bargain buy and very influential in some matches. He has had a solid pre season and looked like he could be in line for a good season. Unfortunately for Moses, there are too many better players ahead of him in the pecking order and the addition of Willian will simply push him further down. Moses is still only 22 years old and I don't think anyone will argue the fact that his best days are still way ahead of him. He can improve his game still but he's not going to do that sitting on the bench for Chelsea.
Enter: West Bromwich Albion.
I want a 22-player squad. If somebody comes, somebody leaves. We don't need to sell, loan probably yes.
Our dear friend Steve Clarke enjoyed the services of Romelu Lukaku immensely last season. Even though he just added Scott Sinclair to his ranks he has said that he is still looking for a wide player. He feels the squad lacks width and even though the addition of Sinclair will aid in that, he feels they need one more addition. With Anelka's future with the club in doubt now and the only other marquee signing being Matej Vydra on loan, adding Moses to the squad on a season long loan will be a fantastic addition. With Scott Sinclair on the left, Moses on the right and Vydra leading the line, West Brom all of a sudden have a pretty formidable attack.
EDIT: After I published this, I saw we officially signed Wililan. So..
2) Welcome aboard, Willian!
3) Have fun at West Brom, Victor.