Reports today from Spain are linking Chelsea with a bid of £30 million plus for Luis Suarez, and the story seems to be gathering pace in England. The Uruguayan is desperate to leave Liverpool, while the media seem to have decided that we are desperate for a striker. 2 + 2 = 17. There is no doubt that Suarez is an accomplished forward, and he would score bucket-loads at Chelsea, but the idea that we are contemplating a bid for him is ridiculous. Let’s not forget, this is the same Suarez currently serving a ten match ban…for biting Ivanovic! It simply cannot be true.
Stranger things have happened in football, but despite what non-blues fans like to say, the Chelsea Football Club that I grew up following was a club that did things the right way. We acted professionally and with respect for the game and other teams. It would be a lie to say that we haven’t lost our way at times – our lack of patience with recent managers is not the Chelsea way, while we went through a phase of signing players for the wrong reason. Steve Sidwell? Scott Parker? We also let the players have too much control in the dressing room. Players should be leaders, but they should complement the manager, not undermine him. These issues, however, were fleeting in their appearance and are behind us now. We have a long term manager appointed who is signing players for the future so that we can establish ourselves as a stable, powerful force in Europe. We are doing things the right way. Luis Suarez simply doesn’t fit in to that equation.
Despite his undoubted abilities on the pitch, Suarez is a thoroughly unlikeable individual. Whatever we might think of Liverpool, they have an impeccable reputation on the pitch, and how they conduct themselves off it. In little over two years, Suarez has dragged Liverpool’s name through the mud again and again. They stood by him through everything, and then he blames the media for his reputation and says he wants out? How dare he. He was entrusted with the famous No 7 jersey and every day he wears it he disrespects the memory of the Liverpool legends that have worn it before him. Talented as he may be, Luis Suarez brings with him the mentality of a mercenary; the attitude of a cheat and the reputation of a scumbag. We have signed some questionable characters before, but none have been so downright repulsive.
I truly don’t think that we are in for Suarez, but if we are, I sincerely hope that it doesn’t go ahead. We’re Chelsea, and we’re better than this. Tell us, would you be happy to sign Luis Suarez?