On this evidence, Chelsea may be quite happy to accept their transfer ban knowing that Gael Kakuta is a Pensioner.
Until Saturday, the young Frenchman’s name was synonymous with many of the worst aspects of Premier League football, the Kakuta’s alleged illegal transfer from Lens reflected the unbridled power of moneybags Chelsea and the underhanded manner in which top clubs do their business. But after his truly memorable debut against Wolves, all thoughts are now focused on the talents of Kakuta, with hopes already high that Chelsea have the next big time in world football.
Moments after replacing Nicolas Anelka, the French midfielder showed why he is so highly rated. His touch, speed of thought and technique showed a maturity beyond his 18 years, and he did not looked overawed.
In his cameo appearance, Kakuta showed a delightful shimmy past a defender and shot into the side-netting, a delicious take on the chest at speed, a cheeky backheel and then a dipping drive that almost brought a fifth goal.
Mere glimpses, of course, mean that it’s far far too early to tell whether Kakuta can live up to his massive and unfounded reputation. But, if his shift against Wolves is anything to go by, he could be some bit-part player.
Highlights of Gael Kakuta’s Chelsea debut against Wolves can be seen here.
The individual match highlights continue, as footage of Lionel Messi’s performance for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao can be seen here, while Ronaldinho’s goal-scoring performance for AC Milan against Cagliari on Sunday can be seen here.