TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 23: Milos Krasic of Juventus FC is challenged by Ezequiel Alejo Carboni of Catania Calcio during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Catania Calcio at Olimpico Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
The Alex to Juventus rumours just won't go away, even though Chelsea have zero centre back cover between the 29-year-old and Nathaniel Chalobah thanks to the departure of Slobodan Rajkovic and the loan deals for Tomas Kalas and Jeffrey Bruma. I don't know if it's wishful thinking or if there's something going on with Chelsea's defenders that I'm not privy to or baseless speculation from journalists*, but the rumour that Alex might be headed to Italy don't really make very much sense.
*Although I have my suspicions.
Anyway, said rumours are now being accompanied by murmurings of a swap deal involving Juventus right winger Milos Krasic (I wonder where the Marco Storari stories have gone?). The source? The ever-unreliable Metro, which claims that reports in Italy have Andre Villas-Boas as a big fan of the 26-year-old Serbian winger and that Chelsea are trying to bring him to Stamford Bridge. Of course, that article describes Krasic as a playmaker, which is sort of akin to describing John Obi Mikel as a blistering winger, but we'll let that slide for now.
Why should Chelsea want Krasic? Well, he's a blisteringly fast wide man who excelled at CSKA Moscow, and his job would be to spend most of his days hugging to right touchline, occasionally cutting inside to make interesting things happen. He's had a few excellent games with Juventus, shining brightest in in a 4-2 demolition of Cagliari, in which he notched a hattrack:
Anyway, it's hard to watch Krasic when he's on and not consider him one of the top wide players on the planet. and a wide right player would be pretty useful for the Blues - we haven't had a proper winger out there since the days of Damien Duff and Arjen Robben. Krasic has pace and trickery in abundance, as well as the ability to cut inside and score. All of that sounds like a great fit for Chelsea, but unfortunately there are a couple of sticking points regarding to the Serbian.
- Krasic is massively inconsistent. In a third of his matches, you'd probably call him one of the world's best wingers. In the rest of them, you'd be lucky to find him at all. When he's off the pace, he's almost completely useless.
- Krasic also has the decision-making ability of a concussed Theo Walcott.
Those two factors combine to make Milos Krasic one of the most frustrating players I can think of to watch as a neutral, and it would be much, much much more frustrating to deal with that experience as a fan. The overall package might be a decent little player (especially if he's more CSKA Krasic than Juve Krasic), but he'd be absolutely maddening to watch on a regular basis.
It doesn't help Krasic's case that he'd take Danny Sturridge's earmarked position on the right, should he somehow end up on the club. I can see the arguments for adding Krasic to the squad - he's a talented player who'd help out a lot with the team's tactical needs, but I don't really want to live in a world where I have to deal with Krasic calling Stamford Bridge home. I would run out of gin.
PS: Milos Krasic is in no way shape or form a viable alternative to Luka Modric in the Chelsea midfield, Metro. Good grief.