Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink admits that the new signing Alexandre Pato is not fit enough to play for competitive matches.
Pato, who signed for Chelsea on-loan from Brazilian outfit Corinthians until the end of the season has not played in competitive matches since November 2015.
And the Blues’ interim coach believes that the 26-year old Brazilian need time to get back to full fitness and adjust to the pace and physical nature of the English Premier League.
“We will measure his physical fitness. It also depends on his body and whether he gets in shape quickly or not,” Hiddink quoted on Chelsea’s official website.
“He can be an athletic player; he doesn’t need weeks and weeks to lose the kilos. We will test him physically then put him in training sessions and we can rapidly see when he will be available.”
“I haven’t watched him live but I have watched him in several video clips. I am curious to see him on the pitch.”
The Dutch boss welcomed the step taken by Pato to move to Premier League and hopes to help him to reach the top of his potential.
“If he didn’t have a lot of desire, then I don’t think he would have made this step to the Premier League,” said Hiddink.
Pato was rated as one or the greatest talents as a youngster at AC Milan, but constant injuries halted his progress. He has managed to stay fit for most of the seasons since moving back to Brazil but the performance has been around average.
He has scored 10 goals in 27 matches for Brazil national team, but his last appearance for the Selecao was in October 2013.