Harry Redknapp is known for giving unsolicited opinions on matters that extend far beyond his reach in the world of football, and has now told Chelsea fans not to get too excited about new signing Alexandre Pato.
In a report in The Sun, Redknapp claims he was offered the chance to sign the Brazilian international while he was in charge of QPR last year, but passed up the chance because he felt the player wouldn’t cut it in the Premier League.
“If I was a Chelsea fan, I wouldn’t be getting too excited about signing Alexandre Pato,” he said to the London Evening Standard.
“They have already got Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard — where is Pato going to play? They have about four or five players just like him so I don’t see where he fits into Chelsea’s team.
“I was offered Pato at QPR this time last year but we turned him down because he wasn’t what we needed at the time.
“He played against my Tottenham team when we faced AC Milan in the Champions League but seems to have faded away and ended up back in Brazil. He’s a little bit like Bojan at Stoke.
“He started off with a huge reputation as a kid but never really fulfilled his potential. Bojan did really well at Stoke but now he looks like he’s lost his form.
“Signing him looks like Chelsea just getting another body in, really. He’s got the ability to play anywhere but he’s not in the same class as Hazard.
“Okay, if they get injuries, then it is different but who drops out to accommodate him if everyone is available?
“It is a jigsaw puzzle which is difficult to work out.”
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