Speaking ahead of Chelsea FC’s Premier League clash with West Ham, Guus Hiddink tried to address the farcical situation involving loanee Alexandre Pato.
As Chelsea FC prepare for their weekend Premier League match against West Ham United, interim boss Guus Hiddink sat down with the media in his customary pre-match press conference.
While discussing the game, he also attempted to address Alexandre Pato’s current situation and explained why the Blues brought him in on loan during the winter transfer window.
When he was hired we had a very difficult situation. The only striker we had at the time was Diego Costa. Traore was a very young kid and in a very short time, coming on as a substitute, he did well and scored some goals. We also had Remy in troubled waters, and Falcao as well, so that’s the reason we got Pato on loan.
Pato has not yet featured for Chelsea since being signed in January. Previously a highly-regarded talent, the Brazilian recently returned to his homeland to resurrect his career. After a couple of decent campaigns, the Blues took the decision to ship him in as cover for a depleted striking force.
However, the former AC Milan man has failed to get near the starting eleven, with a lack of match fitness frequently blamed for his unavailability. The closest he has come was when he was named on the bench (just twice), but he has not managed to step onto the right side of the touchline.
The situation has left Chelsea fans incredibly frustrated. As the campaign slipped towards insignificance, people have wanted to see the 26-year-old put on a show. In an idyllic world, Pato would have impressed enough in this loan spell to warrant a full-time offer for next season.
Instead, he has wasted away on the sidelines, causing supporters to question the reason for his arrival.
Hiddink correctly points out that the club were in need of an extra forward in January, but it seems bizarre that the Stamford Bridge officials chose to bring in someone lacking in match fitness and thus usefulness.
Pato is once again unlikely to take part in the West Ham game, with the interim boss hopeful of his availability after the international break.
In essence, the Brazilian has been paid to come to London for a four month holiday.
The worst aspect of this situation is that the player himself is probably desperate for minutes. Having fallen from grace, he would have accepted the loan offer eager to prove himself on the world stage. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been afforded that opportunity.
Perhaps Blues fans will see Pato take the field after the international break, but by this point, I don’t know if anyone actually cares.
All quotes taken from chelseafc.com.