Alexandre Pato has been trying hard to tempt Premier League clubs into securing his service for a while now, and the Brazilian striker from Corinthians finally looks to have found his way as Chelsea closing in on a surprising loan move, despite yesterday’s reports claimed that Blues boss Guus Hiddink has blocked the move for Pato because he thinks the Brazilian will not adapt Chelsea’s style of play. Chelsea were battling it out with Liverpool for the striker earlier as Jurgen Klopp was keen to land him as soon as possible eyeing him as a back-up due to the injury prone nature of his team.
Diego Costa was back to his controversial, clinical best last night against Arsenal, which actually suggested Chelsea may not go for Pato this January but according to a report from Daily Mail, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy will finally sanction a loan move for Alexandre Pato this month with a permanent transfer in the summer, not only that, yesterday night the Blues officials were reportedly finalising the deal.
However, a temporary switch from the Brazilian club makes sense for the 26-year-old striker who has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career so far.
With the expectations remaining low, a potential loan to Stamford Bridge gives the former AC Milan forward the opportunity to prove he’s worthy of a permanent move to Chelsea, or at least put himself in the transfer window to other potential bidders from Premier League at the end of this season.
Pato could still become an effective player in European football. With his skills are well suited to the playing style of Premier League, and before his major hamstring injuries at AC Milan, the most important quality he was gifted with, apart from technique, was his speed. During his time with Milan, Pato’s style of play was generally bolstered with running behind the defensive lines with the help of former Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Including inside the box, Pato used to drag opponents into a one-on-one situation inside the area.
Analysing the performances Pato gave in Serie A, it is quite clear that he has all the credentials to become a very fruitful deal for Chelsea. Keeping in mind the fact that he featured in 33 matches in the last Brasileirao (Brazil’s top-flight league), netting 10 times, it can be assumed he physically remains fit, but the question is, will he be fit enough for the Premier League?