Scout Report – Who is Alex Teixeira and should Chelsea sign him up?

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Updated: January 29, 2016

Since October, Chelsea have been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian Alex Teixeira. The £30 million rated attacking midfielder was subject to a bid from Liverpool that fell short of the valuation, but then reports claimed that Chelsea had been pipped to the signing by Liverpool, who were in pole position to finalize a deal for Alex. However, Shakhtar have taken the asking price up a notch and while the deal looks all over, we take a look at why Chelsea should at least go back in for him.

While Shakhtar have been adamant that their talisman will not be sold until the summer transfer window, Alex has sounded out to Chelsea and Liverpool, saying that he wants out this month and would favor a move to the Premier League.

That has probably left Chelsea and Liverpool fans wondering – who is this Alex Teixeira?

Forking out crazy money, such as the amount being bandied about, for a star from the Ukrainian Premier League would sound foolish, but believe it or not, Alex Teixeira looks just about the real deal. And no, this isn’t just because of his goal tally – 26 goals in 26 games – but also due to his style of play and the effectiveness and urgency he brings to the side.

WHY ALEX TEIXEIRA?

Immensely versatile, Teixeira has shone in a variety of positions for Shakhtar in his time there. Having started out as a winger for Vasco and initially for Shakhtar as well, the need of the hour, amplified by the sale of the then attacking midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund plunged Alex into a central attacking role.

He has also played as a defensive midfielder when circumstances, this time the sale of Fernando to Manchester City, demanded. And overall, the impression you get of the man is that he is a fast, snappy attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, able to play across the midfield and out wide.

Shakhtar depend on rapid transitions through midfield and Teixeira plays a key role there, as he drops deep to get the ball before marching forward in his trademark short strides. He is also a crisp passer and is also well adept at receiving the ball on the run.

Teixeira is a speedy customer, but by no means a speed merchant of the likes of Mohammed Salah. However, more than his speed, it’s his acceleration that is really handy in tight spots, much like that of his former teammate Willian. Comparisons are made with fellow South American forwards Aguero and Tevez, but Teixeira lacks the complete striker approach the two offer, despite vaguely similar built and playing styles.

Overall, Teixeira brings a skillset that Chelsea could do with – fast, direct, creative, goalscoring midfielder. He could ostensibly take over the number ten role from Oscar in games where more urgency is required and Chelsea need to break down a packed defense.

WHY NOT ALEX TEIXEIRA?

Don’t be fooled by that goal tally – Alex Teixeira is not a striker and given his built, strong and stocky but standing at just 5’8”, he will not be a Premier League striker anytime soon. If Chelsea (and Liverpool) have been looking at Teixeira as a striking option, then there would be better ways to throw their money down the drain.

Another thing that stands out about Teixeira is that, despite the fact that he is a very good short passer, he lacks the passing range of our current attacking midfielders. Either of Willian, Oscar and Hazard could boast of a better passing range and that certainly goes against Teixeira when played as a number ten.

Teixeira is cup-tied for the Champions League, and with the Premier League out of question, Chelsea could do with acquisitions that help their Champions League run and could do with looking at Teixeira again in the summer (if not snapped up by Liverpool by then).

HOW COULD HE FIT IN AT CHELSEA?

As mentioned earlier, Teixeira would be a good option at number ten against sides that require a sense of urgency to break down. Chelsea have lacked said urgency from the ranks, except for Willian, and Teixeira would represent another step in that direction.

While Teixeira cannot play as an out and out striker, it is not improbable to imagine him as a false nine should Chelsea be left without fit strikers, as has happened already this season.

Given the boost in coffers Premier League clubs now have thanks to the TV deal, £30 million is the new £20 million and certainly isn’t a huge amount for a club like Chelsea. Almost certainly missing out on the Champions League next season, Chelsea will have their options limited to players like Teixeira instead of the Greizmanns of the world, and that is the bitter truth.

So will Chelsea snap up Alex Teixeira or will their persistent delays to get a deal done lose them another Shakhtar player, just like Douglas Costa in the summer who has fared well for Bayern Munich since, and have him sign for a rival such as Liverpool is a question we will have to wait to know the answer of.

2 Comments

  1. Nnamdi

    January 29, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    This is the time to snap up another good player to boost up our time . we have missed out on certain good player in the past due to our transfer policy that is seen us drowning . looking for a sticker someone is talking about vanpersie of what use is he to Chelsea current problem and his age is as take . now we have the green light to buy a good player like Alex we are playing gamble with such great opportunity what a shame to Chelsea transfer policy. Any policy that does not impact in an organization positively should be abolished and who so ever that is heading it should also be demoted as well(emilano), Ivanovich happens to be the team worst player of the ongoing season now he was given a new contract while terry is still pending. I think the club owner should also see reasons with fans not just the board alone we don’t have to intertain any fear of performance about this guy just take a look at all the Brazilian player that was sold from that team they are all good player in their positions(fenadinho,Douglas Costa,will an of all ppl) please Chelsea should just cough out the money and get the team back to shape after all we spend hugely on torres and he dialed us and no man dies . I will be very glad to see him in my line us soon instead of Liverpool. Chelsea for life.

  2. AMOO

    January 30, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    WE SHOULD SIGN A RIGHT THIS JANUARY

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