If Chelsea Sign Taison It Shows A Lack Of Faith In Moses

When the winger was emerging in Brazil, a commentator made the mistake of saying he was as good as Lionel Messi. He has never come close to that level...
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When the winger was emerging in Brazil, a commentator made the mistake of saying he was as good as Lionel Messi. He has never come close to that level...

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Think of everything Victor Moses could supposedly do for Chelsea. Nothing more, nothing less. That is what the Blues will get if they sign Brazilian winger Taison, who has admittedly had a couple of very good seasons at Ukraine's Metalist.

Now 24, the Brazilian was once hailed as a future great: his compatriots hoped he would be playing in the 2014 World Cup. He hasn't really lived up to the expectations although a transfer to England would put him right back in Big Phil Scolari's plans.

Every time Lionel Messi has a brilliant day at Barcelona a certain Brazilian commentator gets bullied on the internet. That is because in 2008, during one of Taison’s first displays for Internacional, that nutcase said Taison and the Argentinian would be stars on the same level. Subsequent Ballon d’Or records show they are not.

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Taison is under five-foot-seven, fast and has a nice right foot – again, not very different from Moses, but he is a couple of years older and more experienced. He is more aware of his need to take a defensive role too, and his hard-working nature would endear him to the Stamford Bridge faithful.

His finishing is not his best skill but that is what drew attention to him very recently: Taison scored a wondergoal resembling Marco van Basten's masterblaster against the Soviet Union in the final of Euro ‘88.

In 50 games for Metalist, Taison has scored a creditable 17 goals. He was a target for Brazilian clubs at the end of their season – the new one begins in January – but refused to go home. It is difficult to say he would definitely succeed at Chelsea, but it is very easy to predict who would be upset with his arrival.