Official - Pato signs - Guus Hiddink challenges him to "show desire".
Alexandre Pato finally signed for Chelsea on a loan deal until the end of the season on Friday ni...
Alexandre Pato finally signed for Chelsea on a loan deal until the end of the season on Friday night and has been immediately challenged by Guus Hiddink to show desire for the game. The signing has divided opinion amongst Chelsea supporters.
With the future of Loic Remy to be decided tomorrow, Chelsea would be left with Diego Costa, Pato and Radamel Falcao as our only options available up front between now and the end of the season which has caused concern amongst our supporters.
I say it's divided the opinion amongst Chelsea fans because some believe that he is a poor signing, someone who has had his prime and could turn out to be another forward who will struggle with the pace and power of our game.
However, there are others like me that believe he has craved the opportunity to have a second crack at playing football in Europe and is proven quality.
Speaking of his move after it was finally completed, Pato said:
‘I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new team-mates and cannot wait to play.
‘I thank Chelsea for their support and hope I can repay this faith to the club and its fans.’
However, Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, was asked of the Pato signing and he said:
“I want to see that desire in him. If he didn’t have that desire, he wouldn’t have made this step to come to the Premier League. He would have stayed in Brazil and life would have gone on. So this gives him the benefit of some of the doubts from the last few years.
It’s difficult to say [why he did not live up to his initial potential at Milan]. You need to know the circumstances as to why he did not fulfil his promise. Actually, not ‘promise’ because he did well at Milan. Rather, why he didn’t take the next step. That’s why it’s good to see him here. I will help him to take that next step, though in the end it will be up to him. He has to do it. He’s brave because he could have been playing in Brazil, where there’s a bit more space to play your football. Here the tempo is high through 90 minutes, with less space and time. So that’s why you must respect his decision to come here on loan.”
I agree it is a brave decision to come to Chelsea and the Premier League. We all agree that our league is the best league in the world, but it's the pace and power of the game that really takes players that come to our country by surprise. Usually, players are given some time to come in, settle down and get used to it but with the deal only being for six months, it seems that Pato will be given a couple of weeks.
I personally believe that he is class and will prove to be an excellent signing for Chelsea. What do you people think of the Pato signing? Is it a good or a bad move in your opinion?