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Alexandre Pato has made his feelings regarding life in London and more specifically life in the Chelsea team as exciting for him and has underlined his intentions to stay in either London or at Chelsea.
However, the 26-year-old dubbed the ‘Duck’ has yet to make a splash in the Premier League.
Despite the limited opportunities he’s been presented with, will he be able to?
Pato’s career started off in overwhelming fashion with success at the beginning of his career with Brazilian side Internacional in 2000, whom he marked his debut with at the age of 16.
In the same year, Pato went on to score 12 goals in 27 appearances for Internacional helping them win the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.
Because of his performances, the Brazilian was linked with numerous marquee names in Europe later signing on for AC Milan.
The Duck started off well with the Italian giants winning Golden Boot in 2009, but his time in the limelight was hampered with thigh injuries that have blighted his career, in particular in the biceps section leading to him missing many matches for the Italian side.
The crucial assessment
With Pato’s agent being understandably skeptical of the whole situation with reports in the recent weeks that Chelsea has yet to give the player, agent or the club that owns him Corinthians any information regarding a permanent bid being made.
New manager Antonio Conte is expected to review the current list of players at his disposal at Chelsea after his stint with the Italy national side comes to a close after Euro 2016, and one of the main dilemmas he will likely face will be the Brazilian forward himself and what his role and position is in the side.
With Diego Costa potentially exiting the squad, the striker situation could become even more precarious this summer.
More suitable targets available
However, suitable transfer targets such as Morata are likely available this summer and currently performing very well in the ongoing European Championship, so it’s safe to say – coupled with his injury record and unproven goal scoring pedigree – Pato may not be seen as a reliable player to further Chelsea past the downright humiliating 2015/16 campaign.
Alexandre Pato’s underwhelming Chelsea career has lasted 6 months and more embarrassingly just a measly 131 minutes on the pitch. His stats include one start, one substitute appearance, one goal and two shots in each game.
Clearly, Hiddink hasn’t seen him as a viable attacking option, which is presumably the opinion around the Chelsea camp as well casting more doubt on Pato’s future at Stamford Bridge.
As far as Pato is concerned, the remaining 6 months on his Corinthians contract is going to be an interesting period.
With his agent being reported in saying, “Pato’s future is still in the open. Chelsea has the option to buy, but if they don’t then we will begin looking for other clubs,” the main focus for Pato will likely be another go with a London-based side.
I’m sure the £30,000 p/w wage could be matched by similarly ambitious teams in London.
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Written by Jon Herridge
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