Chelsea FC completed the signing of Ghana international Abdul Baba Rahman from FC Augsburg on Sunday, with the transfer announced by the Blues shortly after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Manchester City
Much of the fallout from the game at the Etihad revolved around Serbian right-back and new vice-captain Branislav Ivanovi who faced a torrid time against Raheem Sterling, a week after being given the run-around by Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero.
Chelsea FC fans are quickly losing patience with Ivanovi , and the signing of Abdul Baba Rahman has prompted suggestions for current left-back C sar Azpilicueta to move to the right, with the new signing slotting in at left-back.
Manager Jos Mourinho is unlikely to make that move as early as this weekend, but it is definitely something the Stamford Bridge faithful could see with increasing frequency. An attacking left-back would add another dimension to the Chelsea FC attack, and might even help increase the effectiveness of Belgian wizard Eden Hazard on that flank.
Chelsea FC fans called for Branislav Ivanovi to be dropped
The poor start made by the Serbian international means that he has been the target of a lot of criticism from Chelsea FC fans, who are eager for Mourinho to now use Baba Rahman on the left flank. Others, meanwhile, have come to the defence of Ivanovi , reminding their peers what the Serb has achieved in his time at the club.
Although it might not be wise to make wholesale changes to the back four overnight, the team would likely benefit in the long term from proper planning to phase out what is an ageing defence, and replace it with one that would be younger but still competitive at the highest level.
For now, Chelsea FC fans want to see a change at right-back, and the singing of Baba Rahman now at least makes that a possibility.
Baba Rahman is officially a Chelsea player. Would love to see him at left-back, Azpi at right-back and drop Ivanovic.
a Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity) August 16, 2015
The only reason Chelsea are signing Alex Telles is to move Azpi to right back, provide cover for Baba Rahman and BIN IVANOVIC. I hope.
a Nawaz. (@BlueNawaz) August 17, 2015
Baba Rahman made 3 defensive errors all season last season. Ivanovic has already made 4 defensive errors in 2 matches this season.
a Mr.BlueGuy (@MrBIueGuy) August 17, 2015
Official: Chelsea sign Baba Rahman. Maybe now we can play Azpi in RB and FINALLY bench Ivanovic
a Jennifer Ra. (@JennyRa3) August 16, 2015
Selling Filipe Luis rather than playing him instead of Ivanovic looks a big mistake. Baba Rahman needs to hit the ground running #cfc
a Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) August 16, 2015
Ivanovic has started the season in disastrous form. Have to think Baba Rahman will start at LB with Azpilicueta moving to RB. #cfc
a Sam (@samuelJayC) August 16, 2015
@JakeFCohen three months ago, Ivanovic was being hailed as one of the best defenders in the PL. Short memories.
a Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) August 16, 2015
a Michael Essien (@MichaelEssien) August 19, 2015
a Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 19, 2015