The Kalou Enigma

Posted: August 2, 2011 by GaryCRobertson in Chelsea, Kalou, Random, Rants, Strikers

Salomon Kalou. Loved by some, despised by others. A player who can do all the difficult stuff but rarely pull off the simplest things. In a word: unique.

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The Ivorian forward scored 10 league goals last season (the most he has in a season at Chelsea since joining from Feyenoord) leading many people to believe it was his best season with the blues. The fact of the matter is, Kalou could be scoring a lot more. In his Feyenoord days he scored 20 goals and then 15 in back to back seasons. Obviously the Dutch league is on a different level to the Premier League but it does show that he wasn’t finding it difficult to hit the back of the net.

Positives:

  • Can score vital goals when you least expect it.
  • Has a sense of humour (yes, I know it doesn’t benefit much but it’s still something).
  • Has pace which some other Chelsea players lack.
  • As previously mentioned, he had a good season in 2010/11 with 10 league goals.
  • Can be an impressive substitute option.

Negatives:

  • Does the impossible by missing open goal opportunities.
  • Has the reputation to lose the ball often.
  • Speaks too much to the press in a way which could put players at unease in the dressing room.

Now from those two lists, there are 5 positives and 3 negatives but don’t let that fool you. There’s another negative that I find difficult to put into words. Basically, it’s like there is something missing from Kalou’s game. Maybe consistency would be the best word to use.

Kalou can be a useful player to have in the squad but a key player? Not so much. It’s hard to make a decision on whether it’s wise to keep him or let him go. He’s a player that doesn’t come around too often.

However, if it was between Kalou and Sturridge on the right flank, I’d have to pick Danny boy.

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What are your thoughts on Kalou? Feel free to leave a comment below with your opinions.

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Comments
  1. Venkat says:

    Danny for sure in the right flank 🙂 But what about the left? I would chose Kalou over malouda simply because Kalou works very hard and is not selfish:) Malouda doesn’t cross much and tries shots from impossible angles instead of simple pass/cross. Anyway even if we buy a good winger, kalou is a good man to have in your bench!

  2. GaryCRobertson says:

    Regarding Malouda, he also has downsides but is one of our most creative players at the moment.

  3. Chad says:

    Can you blame Kalou for a lack of consistency? Like you said, he is a sub. He can’t build up a good run from the bench. I like Kalou, mainly because he doesn’t pretend to be first choice and, like Ferreira, is happy to sit on the bench.

  4. @Feezabicrown says:

    In every team,there always that one player that is not consistent.if Kalou is often a super-sub,why not keep him?i would prefer sturridge though.

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