Chelsea: Everything The Fans Need To Know About Hulk

After the capture of Eden Hazaard, Porto's Brazillian striker Hulk is now on the verge of moving to Stamford Bridge. Here's everything you need to know...
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After the capture of Eden Hazaard, Porto's Brazillian striker Hulk is now on the verge of moving to Stamford Bridge. Here's everything you need to know...

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Hulk is the only Brazilian forward worth signing now

Forget Neymar, Alexandre Pato or any other samba boy specialized in scoring goals. In the last few seasons, there is only one Brazilian hit man who is tested and approved in Europe: Porto’s and Seleção’s Hulk. Chelsea might be getting a future star just like they did when they brought Didier Drogba from Olympique Marseille. 45 million euros is surely a lot for an almost 26-year-old. But Liverpool paid pretty much the same for Andy Carroll, didn’t they?

In 2010/2011, Hulk was the only Brazilian amongst the 20 top scorers in Europe. In his best year so far, he hit the net 36 times and provided 21 assists in Portuguese and European competitions. In four years, he scored 76 goals for Porto. Very impressive for a boy who started out in Japan and who is practically unknown in his own country.

Hulk is the only Brazilian forward worth signing now

His debut with the Seleção was in a 1-0 against England, in 2009, but his first two goals have just come up, in pre-Euro friendly Brazil 3-1 Denmark. Santos starlet Neymar wasn’t even on the field then. Hulk played on the flanks, just like he has done at Porto, but also did well as a center forward when coach Mano Menezes changed his role. At Chelsea he is more likely to be inside the penalty box, unless Fernando Torres comes back to life.

His first goal for Brazil could have been scored by Holland’s Arjen Robben: he dribbled from the outside, ran into to get a better position and took a powerful shot just from the edge of the area. It is one of his favorite moves. Hulk is really strong, as his father inherited nickname suggests, but he does have skills. He doesn’t dribble like a typical samba boy, but his passing technique put him on the top of the assist tables for many seasons.

André Villas-Boas tried to bring him along to Stamford Bridge, but failed. Now Villas-Boas failed, Hulk is taking the chance by incentive of former colleagues David Luiz and Ramires. If he does as well in England as he did in Portugal, Chelsea has a real chance of retaining their European crown.

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