Were we lucky to sell Meireles for £12m?

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Were we lucky to sell Meireles for £12m?

Post by Art Morte on Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:22 pm

The fee was undisclosed, but reportedly £12m.

He has been very average for Chelsea. No key passes, no superb work-rate, no goals (well, one in 21 games).

I'm also not convinced he would have thrived under Kenny's style. Adam has had poor games, but at least he is decisive in whatever he does, good or bad.

Like this Napoli v Chelsea game I'm watching right now: Meireles has been Chelsea's most invisible player, imo.

So, whatcha think? Were we lucky to get £12m for him?
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Post by Don't call me James on Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:51 pm

At this point it seems like we are lucky. But Kenny's style suits Meireles way more than AVB's. He was great under Kenny in the end run of last season. I think he would've had a great season with us.

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1. Torres
2. Meireles
3. Benayoun

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Post by RedOranje on Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:00 pm

He's playing deeper for Chelsea, which I think is contributing to his below-par performances. That said, he developed a habit of pulling out of or avoiding challenges when he moved to the PL and in Kenny's system you simply cannot do that. Every play has to be willing to put everything on the line for the team.

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Post by poolsupporter on Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:17 am

I'd still take Meireles over Adam in our team.
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:43 am

Tbh Adam gets stuck in, That one thing i like, He doesn't care if the opponent gets fooked, He just wants the ball back. Supposed to be a deep lying playmaker, Doing his job decently till now.

I dont see much difference in Hendo and Meireles right now. Adam is something new.
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Post by donttreadonred on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:50 pm

Nishank wrote:Tbh Adam gets stuck in, That one thing i like, He doesn't care if the opponent gets fooked, He just wants the ball back. Supposed to be a deep lying playmaker, Doing his job decently till now.

I dont see much difference in Hendo and Meireles right now. Adam is something new.
He certainly does get stuck in. He will track back, and he will mess up a defender to regain possession. Personally, I'd like to see him work on his tackling a bit so that he gives away fewer stupid free kicks, but you have to like his drive and desire.

As for Meireles, I'm a little torn. In the few games he played for us this season, he looked dangerous and creative in attack. Take the Arsenal game for example. We could have used that incisive passing in the final third a few times this season. However, he was known for neglecting his defensive duties (something Lavezzi is now thanking him for).

On the whole, we probably were lucky to get 12 million for him. Could we have used his qualities at times this season: yes. Would they have ultimately made an enormous difference in our play: I'm inclined to say no. Let's reinvest those funds in a position we really need to strengthen.

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Post by RedOranje on Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:35 pm

Nishank wrote:Tbh Adam gets stuck in, That one thing i like, He doesn't care if the opponent gets fooked, He just wants the ball back. Supposed to be a deep lying playmaker, Doing his job decently till now.

I dont see much difference in Hendo and Meireles right now.
Adam is something new.
Henderson is 21 while Meireles is 28. Henderson does a great deal of tracking back and defensive work while Meireles has so far gone missing in defense for both Chelsea and Liverpool on numerous occasions.

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Re: Were we lucky to sell Meireles for £12m?

Post by Nishankly on Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:18 am

@RedOranje wrote:
Nishank wrote:Tbh Adam gets stuck in, That one thing i like, He doesn't care if the opponent gets fooked, He just wants the ball back. Supposed to be a deep lying playmaker, Doing his job decently till now.

I dont see much difference in Hendo and Meireles right now.
Adam is something new.

Henderson is 21 while Meireles is 28.
Henderson does a great deal of tracking back and defensive work while Meireles has so far gone missing in defense for both Chelsea and Liverpool on numerous occasions.

Yes, I should have mentioned attack wise, Sorry.
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