It’s just November, and some of the best talents have already been linked with Chelsea. One of them is a highly rated attacker, Anderson Talisca.
After joining SL Benfica this summer from Bahia for a meager €4 million, the Brazilian seems to have caught the eye of major top flight clubs across Europe. The talented youngster is touted as the next Rivaldo due to his increasing similarities with the Brazilian legend.
Talisca can occupy various parts of the pitch as an attacking midfielder, secondary striker and even as a winger. The tall lad standing 6ft 2in is already having a jubilant season and has scored in the Champions League against AS Monaco. He has been nicknamed “Yaya Talisca” in reference to Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure.
Anderson Talisca fact file:
Full Name: Anderson Souza Conceicao Talisca
Date of Birth: 1 February 1994
Clubs: Bahia (2013-2014), Benfica (2014-Till Now )
Buyout Clause: €45 million (According to insidefutbol.com)
Goals: For Bahia: 4 in 30 matches, For Benfica: 8 in 10 matches
Talisca has impressed onlookers with his impressive range of skills this season. Officially listed as an attacking midfielder, he has mostly been deployed as a secondary striker in a 4-4-2 formation, except on a few occasions. He has been given a largely free role at Benfica, and it has really paid off for the club.
Talisca knows how to find open space and get into dangerous areas around the goal. He has shown that he can create opportunities for his teammates with his clever and precise passing. And he has the ability to dribble past defenders at will. It is his shooting and finishing skills that often grab all the headlines. Talisca has the ability to deliver accurate shots from distance, particularly with his strong left foot; a skill he has demonstrated on a few occasions this season. He developed a reputation as a free-kick specialist at Bahia. He scored from a direct free-kick earlier this season against Vitoria Setubal with a low shot from just outside the box.
Like all young players, Talisca is still developing several aspects of his game. So far this season, he has struggled at times against stronger opposition, particularly in the Champions League. Beating his marker and tactical awareness are two areas that need work. Despite his tall frame, he has not demonstrated much of an aerial prowess so far this season. That could obviously change as he continues to evolve as a professional.
The youngster has a physical side to his game, although his thin frame could be a disadvantage, especially if he decides to move to Chelsea. Putting on muscle would help him with 1-on-1 battles and ball chases against strong defenders.
Contract Due Year: 2019
Honours: Campeonato Bahia, Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, Toulon Tournament.
With such bright prospects, Chelsea might make a move this January
to strengthen their squad for present and future. It also seems that
Chelsea are very close to signing the talented bloke and crushing the ambitions of fellow rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
According to former Chelsea player David Luiz, Talisca should stay at Benfica and groom under the managerial reign of Jorge Jesus. The thought of Mourinho purchasing Talisca is a frightening one. Chelsea already have Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic to anchor the centre for them but with Talsica in front, the Blues would be one of the most potent forces in Europe, more than they already are.
The young player would be a power forward for Chelsea and would undoubtedly form a great partnership with Diego Costa. Their combined goal tallies would protect Chelsea’s position ahead of Manchester City and the chasing pack. Talisca is the archetypal Mourinho addition and he would fit the bill perfectly. So what is your take – Should Mourinho sign the talented lad?
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Edited By: Girish Bhangre