Meet Diego Godin, The Answer To Chelsea's Defensive Prayers

Having been repeatedly linked with Chelsea, the Uruguayan centre back will need his batteries recharging if he has any chance of a successful relocation in January.
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Having been repeatedly linked with Chelsea, the Uruguayan centre back will need his batteries recharging if he has any chance of a successful relocation in January.

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Having been repeatedly linked with Chelsea, the Uruguayan centre back will need his batteries recharging if he has any chance of a successful relocation in January.

Who is he?

Diego Godín was one of the rare breed of footballers who actually seemed like a more than decent signing for Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2010, unlike the usual bunch of unknown Brazilians who come in for a ridiculous sum of money before being discarded two years later. The then Villarreal centre-back was a finely-honed, cool-as-a-cucumber centre-back for his former club and a key part of Uruguay’s World Cup success.

Indeed, the defender still is a great player in theory. It’s just that the 25-year-old has joined the very large group of footballers who have lost both confidence and the ability to defend properly after joining the Vicente Calderón club.

The Uruguayan was not really to blame for this misfortune as last season Godín was forced to lead the line in an ever changing defence having come from a club which had a fixed and familiar back four. Squabbles between his friend and countryman, Diego Forlán and the old manager, Quique Sánchez Flores, took their toll, too.

This year under the studious Gregorio Manzano, the Atlético rearguard has looked a little more organised although Godín has struggled with injury, fatigue and made just six league starts this season having fallen out of favour with the new manager.

The defender still is a great player in theory. It’s just that the 25-year-old has joined the very large group of footballers who have lost both confidence and the ability to defend properly.

Strengths

Strong, composed, comfortable on the ball and quite useful in the opposition box too - but that’s the international and Villarreal version of the player. For Atlético, the defender fails to stand out and ooze the authority that’s required, but as already mentioned this isn’t necessarily the defender’s fault.

Weaknesses

Basically, Diego Godín is quite, quite knackered. The defender had a big World Cup in 2010 to but a difficult first year at Atlético Madrid. This was followed by a Copa America, very little pre-season and then back in action at the usual chaos of Vicente Calderón. Any club buying him will have to somehow recharge Godín’s batteries although that won’t be easy with constant trips to South America for his country’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Chances of signing him

Fairly good. Atlético Madrid are broke as normal and will happily take good money for a footballer who isn’t happy at the club and is looking for a move, despite what Godín may say publicly.

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