A certain camp anticipates Shaun having difficulty in Chelsea's four-three-three formation simply because he had a nervous first run out for England when they tested in that shape.
Well, Chelsea's formation is more of a four-five-one than a four-three-three. It is fluid from the waist up in the attack with strict roles for everyone when defending.
Shaun, to his credit, is capable of assault from either flank or inside, and his improvisational pluck fits snugly in the Chelsea counter-attacking mold.
Given the variety of silverware Chelsea will covet again, SW-P at a high cost still makes sense for them. Shaun will improve with such quality around him; no question he can develop.
There will be injuries again this term -- as everyone will be after Chelsea's nut -- and the great number of games means that playing time will not be that difficult for Mr Mourinho to manage with the luxury of his expensive roster. As Jose says, "It is not my problem, it is their problem."
We'll see if all the focus on money is beside the point at Chelsea. Neither the League Title, the FA Cup nor the Champions' League are a shoe-in this go-round. But clearly the introduction of Shaun Write-Phillips indicates the intention of building something durable and English at Stamford Bridge. Both of these are the right objectives.