Chelsea fans shouldn’t get excited about Pato – Redknapp

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2016 2:28 - Mark Holmes

Alexandre Pato: Not played for Chelsea yet

Harry Redknapp has warned Chelsea fans not to get too excited about the impending signing of Alexandre Pato on loan from Corinthians.

Although the move is yet to be confirmed by Chelsea, Pato said on Wednesday he was “so happy” to be moving to Stamford Bridge.

Redknapp, however, is not sure how much impact the 26-year-old will make in the Premier League.

“If I was a Chelsea fan, I wouldn’t be getting too excited about signing Alexandre Pato,” Redknapp said in his London Evening Standard column.

“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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