Although he may get his chance in tonight’s meaningless Champions League game against Valancia, most Chelsea fans haven’t seen enough of Claudio Pizarro to recognise him if he walked down the King’s Road.
He arrived as one of Mourinho’s last free transfer signings during the summer along with Tal Ben Haim and Steve Sidwell – designed to act as replacements for players who will be away for the African Nations Cup.
Having played and won trophies, including the 2003 German Double, with Bayern Munich he has a decent pedigree and was coined ‘The Bomber’ by the Bavarian media. But, since introducing himself with a goal on the opening weekend of the Premier League, he hasn’t found the net since – has the Peruvian striker simply bombed out?
At 30, he was always likely to be used as a stop-gap signing while a free transfer and European citizenship must have made him more attractive than his second-rate target man football skills.
But, with his Bayern striking colleague, Roque Santa Cruz also leaving the club for a nominal fee at the same time – we wonder if Blackburn got the better player.
A one of only two fit out-and-out strikers at the club he should get more chances over the Christmas period where he’ll want to recover the early form he showed at Werder Bremen where he scored 29 goals in two seasons – although we just can’t see it.
His performances have been so lacklustre that we occasionally wonder if he is just part of a final Mourinho parting shot – offloaded on the club when the Portugueezer already knew his days were numbered.
Let us know if you think Claudio Pizarro can still be a valuable squad player or if he’s another one who should be looking for New Year’s resolutions elsewhere.
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