Six months into the job, Chelsea’s Brazilian eighteen point two million pound investment Ramires hasn’t yet fully proved himself worthy of his hefty price tag paid to Benfica in the summer.
The general reaction to his performances are probably best described as promising, but he still hasn’t turned this promise into consistent performances, as he managed at his former Portuguese club. While there has been definite improvement on the shaky start made against Stoke and West Ham, he has had plenty of time to find his World Cup form, which Carlo Ancelotti will still be trying to find.
Very rarely this season has he ventured out of making driving runs and playing ping pong with the wide man, which seems to be the limit of his attacking arsenal. The only time he has been a real threat to opposition goal has been when the ball has bobbled up fortuitously in front of his feet. And in a lot of those situations he probably should have done better.
But he has defiantly given more to the Champions in the defensive side of the game, where he takes up more than his fair share of the workload. Although there are still some brainless lunges in his game and he has an annoying habit of clearing the ball towards his own goal on occasions, he has made some Terry like blocks and tackles inside the box that have been of much aid to the blues.
Most of the Stamford Bridge attendees will give Ramires a decent 5 or 6 out of 10 for his efforts, but will want to see the form that Brazil and Benfica viewed. His performance against Bolton was a significant step up and over the first half of January he has started to pick up the pace, which will keep him on the pitch, the only way he can be expected to improve.
The Brazilian midfielder has ridden his luck over the first half of the season, which injures to Benayoun and Zhirkov giving Ramires game time till now, but will he still be kitting out when Ancelotti has all his options back?
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