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Alexandre Pato, Matt Miazga Chelsea shirt numbers leaked, then confirmed

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The Chelsea megastore now has them available as well, if you do a search, rather than just look at the squad list:  Pato 11Miazga 20.

Now officially official.


As far as we know, there has been no official confirmation yet from Chelsea about the squad numbers assigned to our two newest players.  The official website's list only has their pictures -- an improvement from earlier when they were both shown as Marco Amelia -- while the official Chelsea megastore does not have them listed at all yet.

But that hasn't deterred another online retailer from apparently jumping the gun and revealing the two numbers in question.

Presuming that World Soccer Shop have correct information, it's perhaps a bit surprising that Pato is going with the #11 when he has seemingly preferred the #7 throughout his career and that number became available when Ramires left for China last week.  Though maybe he's just hoping to channel some of that Damien Duff, Didier Drogba, and Oscar magic.

(It's also been pointed out to me that while Pato made his name in Europe with the #7 on his back, at Sao Paulo he wore the #11.  So it makes sense that he'd want to keep the shirt number that's not associated with seemingly never-ending injuries and failed expectations.)

For young Matt Miazga, the #20 is expected; it's what he wore with New York Red Bulls.  We haven't had a #20 since Josh McEachran was assigned it during AVB's tenure four years ago.  Prior to that, it belonged to Deco and Paulo Ferreira (before he switched to #19).

In any case, you might want to wait with these shirt orders, especially the Pato one, but for now, it looks like these will be the numbers to watch for whenever our two new boys make their debuts.

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