With Manchester United guaranteed to miss out on Champions League football next season some rumours are surfacing that Chelsea are on the look out for the Dutch man and might move in on the former Arsenal man this summer. It’s believed that Robin Van Persie was upset with the way Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of last season and according to Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen, RVP would never have transferred to Manchester United from Arsenal if he knew Sir Alex Ferguson was going to retire.
And to add to this, David Moyes’s tactics have not gone down well with the Dutchman. With Juan Mata arriving at Old Trafford in the January transfer window it won’t be a massive shock if Robin Van Persie moves the other way given how Jose Mourinho is looking for that one world class striker.
However as good as it looks on paper it would perhaps be best for the Dutch striker’s career if he didn’t make this career move to Chelsea in the summer. Let us take a closer look as to why it is a general consensus that Robin Van Persie’s move to the London club won’t be a great success in the long run.
Robin Van Persie is one striker who has made his name for his sublime finishing and also his ability to pick a pass for his team mates. However having a work rate or running back to track the oppositions is something he is not really known for. His style of play at Arsenal or even at Manchester United for that matter depended on other players giving him the ball and then watching him do his magic. However Chelsea under Jose Mourinho is one place where everybody is expected to track back, everybody is expected to run back to help the defenders no matter what position you are playing in and no exception can certainly be expected just because you are playing as a striker.
If there is something that Jose Mourinho takes pride in, its the work rate from the entire team that he manages to get. Robin Van Persie is many things but these are things he certainly is not. In fact Juan Mata was also sold for not adhering to the Special One’s principle.
Interestingly we would be hard pressed to find a striker at Chelsea who was a success after the great Didier Drogba. Fernando Torres has been a spectacular failure while Samuel Eto this season has been nothing but papering over the cracks. There is a conventional wisdom that to be successful at Chelsea you need to be strong with abundance of pace who can bully defenders into giving him that vital space. As good a striker Robin Van Persie is, these are certainly not his strengths.
So while Robin Van Persie is likely to move away from Manchester United in the summer it would perhaps be best if he moves to a different league where he gets a new challenge. A fresh start at a club like Juventus or Real Madrid is definitely something which will suit him much better than a move to Chelsea.