Tenner chimes in for once on the least surprising news of the day:
Up till now, Hernan Crespo has been the only “big name” signing we’ve made at Chelsea. A player who was once the world’s most expensive transfer and, just as Terry adds some home grown never-say-die mentality, added certain quality and respectability to the squad. But he’s also had one of the rockiest times at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho usually prefers the unglamorous players, ones who are still hungry to win and who he can easily control. But with the signing of Michael Ballack is a distinct change in transfer policy and could either take us to the next level or see us start down the road of the Galacticos, where too many cooks finally spoil the broth.
Personally, I think all that Ballack’s signing means is Lampard will get a few games off for once, or Makelele will slowly be replaced by Essien. My Gooner mate loves to believe that this is the beginning of the end for the Roman era, but the tears in his eyes as he slags off the signing of arguably one of the top midfielders in the world says otherwise.
Ballack will improve Chelsea to no end. Every trophy will continue to be ours unless we happen to slip up. And there is nothing that anyone can do about it, really (other than Ronaldinho).