The only reason many Chelsea fans haven’t heard more about Ulises Davila is because he demanded to go on loan from the club this season to Sabadell for a year of first team football.
The 21-year-old Mexican midfielder seems to be of the exact same nature as the current trio of attacking midfielders which grace the Chelsea side on a match by match basis.
Chelsea are always going to be linked with the biggest names available in the football world but there are many reasons they should give Davila a chance at the highest level.
Firstly, he is small at just over five feet and seven inches tall, which gives him a low centre of gravity, allows him to receive the ball, move and pass it on quickly.
Secondly, he seems extremely fit because there haven’t been many periods when he hasn’t been playing football for a side.
He signed for Chelsea in 2011 and ever since he seems to have demanded loan moves which allow him to go and get match sharp and match fit.
This is very important because any player coming in against the likes of Mata, has to be fit enough to perform at the same level. The modern attacking midfielder always seems to be on the move which can be physically exhausting.
In terms of his technique he seems to have every tool necessary to get the job done. He doesn’t look as though he misplaces many passes and he has brilliant improvisational skills which allow him to spot forward runs early and get the ball into space.
The only area where he does need some improvement is physically because if Chelsea threw him into the first team right now, he is going to get regularly knocked off of the ball by bigger players.
The only thing he doesn’t have going for him at the moment is experience, which is why he must have demanded loan moves to play regular first team football.
He’s nowhere near the same level of experience as Mata, Hazard or Oscar which means Chelsea will always place him down the pecking order compared to that trio of players.
He’s got a five-year deal with Chelsea which runs until the summer of 2016 so they’ve spotted his talent and see him as a major investment. Fingers crossed the club doesn’t go and spend big to jeopardise his position before he’s even been given a chance.
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