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    16 forgotten players that played for Chelsea, from Fabio Borini to the ‘trivela’ king

    By Harry Edwards of Squawka

    Chelsea has produced players like Peter Osgood, Kerry Dixon, and Bobby Tambling in the past, while Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, and others are most closely linked with the Roman Abramovich era.

    However, for every Hazard or Drogba, there is a Mateja Kezman or Juan Sebastian Veron, players whose Chelsea careers will be remembered for reasons other than what they had intended.

    But what about those guys whose Chelsea careers are largely forgotten? If none of the names on the list below makes you spit up, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll try harder next time.

    Scott Sinclair

    Age: 32

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 14

    Chelsea goals: 1

    Current club: Preston North End

    During his Arsenal career, he has played in eight north London derbies, scoring four goals against Spurs to go with the four he scored against them during his successful period at Borussia Dortmund, most recently scoring as Mikel Arteta’s side won 3-1 in September.

    Spurs could have had a completely different scenario if they had followed through on their original interest in the Gabonese international some years back, with the club blanking Aubameyang after conducting negotiations with him.

    Jeffrey Bruma

    Age: 29

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 10

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Kasimpasa

    When Bruma joined Chelsea at the age of 16, there were huge expectations for him to become Terry’s long-term partner. “Terry was my teacher at Chelsea, (he) put quite a lot of time and energy in me, and even sent me text messages when I was loaned out to Leicester City,” he said in 2011. My goal is to get to his level.”

    However, he joined a long sequence of young players who were eventually pushed out due to the signing of bigger names. Bruma would only make 10 appearances for Chelsea before being loaned out twice, to Leicester and then Hamburg. In 2013, he left for PSV, Wolfsburg, and Kasimpasa, with loan spells at Schalke and Mainz in between.

    Jeremie Boga

    Age: 24

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 1

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Sassuolo

    Jeremie Boga has been a fantastic player for Sassuolo, and he was linked with a move away from the club last summer.

    If the winger’s Premier League debut had lasted more than 18 minutes, things could have been very different for him. Boga was named to Chelsea’s starting XI to face Burnley on the first day of the 2017/18 season, in what appeared to be the start of his Blues career.

    Cahill, on the other hand, was sent off early on, and Boga was the man Conte decided to replace Christensen, bringing his debut to a premature end. He was loaned to Birmingham shortly after and subsequently transferred to Sassuolo in 2018, with Chelsea having a £7 million buy-back clause that they later waived.

    Fabio Borini

    Age: 30

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 8

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Karagumruk

    Fabio Borini is another kid who failed to break into Chelsea’s first team. He did, however, build a few apps before leaving, just like Bruma.

    Between 2007 and 2011, the Italian played four years with the Blues, with two months spent on loan at Swansea. After periods in Serie A with Parma and Roma, he returned to England with Liverpool and subsequently Sunderland, where he had some success. He went on to score four more goals against Chelsea than for them, including one in Sunderland’s 2-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge in 2014, which snapped Mourinho’s 78-game unbeaten home record in the Premier League.

    Borini has joined the Turkish team Karagumruk after spells with AC Milan and Hellas Verona in Italy.

    Oriol Romeu

    Age: 30

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 33

    Chelsea goals: 1

    Current club: Southampton

    Oriol Romeu, a former member of Barcelona’s La Masia, moved to England in 2011, signing with Chelsea. However, the Spaniard, like many others before him, struggled to secure a regular berth in the Blues’ first squad, despite injury issues.

    Romeu, believe it or not, played 33 times for Chelsea and was an unused replacement in their 2012 Champions League victory, earning him a medal.

    Romeu joined Southampton in 2015 following loan spells with Valencia and Stuttgart.

    Ricardo Quaresma

    Age: 38

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 5

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Vitoria Guimaraes

    Chelsea is known for taking advantage of the loan market, sending young players out on loan to gain crucial experience, but they haven’t used it much recently to bring in players (with the exception of Mateo Kovacic in 2018). Maybe it’s because of Ricardo Quaresma.

    On February 2, 2009, the Portuguese international and ‘trivela’ king joined Chelsea on loan from Inter Milan, when former Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was in charge. Fans were ecstatic to see Quaresma arrive, as he was well-known for his ball-handling skills. Scolari was fired less than a week later, and Quaresma’s Chelsea future was called into question before it even began.

    He did make five appearances and set up one goal before returning to Inter, against Coventry City in the FA Cup after a fantastic run, but only Chelsea fans will remember that high. After spells with Bestikas, Porto, Al-Ahli, and Kasimpasa, Quaresma is back in Portugal with Vitoria.

    Franco Di Santo

    Age: 32

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 16

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: San Lorenzo

    Franco Di Santo only stayed at Chelsea for two seasons, from 2008 to 2010, and it’s simple to see why. Di Santo was a young striker at the time, with Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, and Salomon Kalou ahead of him in the pecking order, limiting his stint with the Blues to just 16 games.

    After a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers, he made the permanent transfer to Wigan Athletic, where he had slightly greater success and with whom he will almost always be identified with English football. Werder Bremen, Schalke, Rayo Vallecano, Atletico Mineiro, and San Lorenzo are among the clubs that have followed suit.

    Papy Djilobodji

    Age: 32

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 1

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Gaziantep

    Papy Djilobodji, oh, Papy Djilobodji. Everyone remembers him as a Chelsea player, but do they remember him as a Chelsea player? The Senegalese centre-back joined Chelsea from Nantes in September 2015, after a difficult period at Stamford Bridge in which the Blues and Jose Mourinho fell out.

    Djilobodji was loaned to Dijon shortly after Mourinho’s departure, but not before playing 59 seconds in the League Cup against Walsall. Djilobodji was transferred for a profit to Sunderland, but he did not perform well in the North East and was finally released.

    Patrick van Aanholt

    Age: 31

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 8

    Chelsea goals: 1

    Current club: Galatasaray

    Patrick van Aanholt was one of the first players to fall victim to the club’s loan system, having spent seven years in west London.

    He arrived in 2007 as a highly ranked left-back, but there was only one thing standing in his way: Ashley Cole. Chelsea had perhaps the finest left-back in the world for a long time, which meant Van Aanholt and Ryan Bertrand struggled to break into the first squad.

    Van Aanholt had five loan moves between his eight appearances for Chelsea and his last move to Sunderland in 2014. He joined Galatasaray in January 2017 after being a crucial member of Crystal Palace’s teams since January 2017.

    Thorgan Hazard

    Age: 28

    Chelsea first-team appearances: 0

    Chelsea goals: 0

    Current club: Borussia Dortmund

    Chelsea signed Eden Hazard in the summer, and the club also moved Thorgan Hazard, Eden’s younger brother, to London, later completing the set of adult Hazards with Kylian in 2017.

    Thorgan, unlike Eden, had little influence on Chelsea’s main team, making only one game for their youth squad in August 2012 against Manchester City. He was loaned to Zulte Waregem almost immediately and spent two years in Belgium, scoring 21 goals and adding 29 assists while being voted Belgium’s Player of the Year in his second season.

    Hazard went on another loan in 2014, this time to Borussia Monchengladbach, but that would be his final loan away from Chelsea, as he broke the cycle early to make his mark at Gladbach. Hazard spent five years at Gladbach, establishing himself as one of the best players in the Bundesliga, before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2019 – where he has been a member of several fantastic teams.

    Which is the better Hazard?

    Academy ‘dropouts’

    As many football fans are aware, a player’s time with a club might come to an end before they are ever given a chance to play first-team football, often while still in their adolescent years. Chelsea has also let go of a number of Premier League talents.

    Eddie Nketiah

    Age: 22

    Current club: Arsenal

    Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal’s youthful striker, began his career with another London club, Chelsea, as a kid. He was released at the under-14 level, though, and moved to Arsenal, where he is now a first-team squad member under Mikel Arteta.

    Rhian Brewster

    Age: 21

    Current club: Sheffield United

    Rhian Brewster is best known as a (now-former) Liverpool youth, but the teenager began his career at Chelsea, where he signed as a seven-year-old.

    Brewster moved to Liverpool when he was 14 years old, concerned about the dearth of Chelsea academy players breaking into the first squad at the time. Last summer, though, he departed Liverpool permanently, signing for Sheffield United for a club-record £23.5 million.

    Declan Rice

    Age: 22

    Current club: West Ham United

    Declan Rice, the most well-known Chelsea academy dropout, spent eight years with the club between the ages of six and fourteen. He formed a bond with Mason Mount during that time, which he maintains to this day. Rice, after being released by the Blues, is currently flourishing at West Ham United.

    Andy King

    Age: 33

    Current club: Bristol City

    Andy King will be remembered by Leicester City supporters as a part of the club’s Premier League title-winning team, having joined from the academy. King spent six years in Chelsea’s development system before joining the Foxes, signing in 1998 and leaving six years later.

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson

    Age: 31

    Current club: Burnley

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson was only with Chelsea for a short time, having trained with the Blues’ academy as a teenager before moving to Fulham. In 2007, he returned to Iceland, but seven years later, with Charlton, he returned to England.


    Read Also: Chelsea’s young talent is something to be feared indeed


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    • #28486

      some of these players would have been club greats had the club had patience with them

    • #28493

      so Sinclair and Andy King were Chelsea products, wow!!

    • #28503

      chelsea, the destroyers of young talent since 1930

    • #28505
      John Adeleke

      wonderful players listed here i swear…

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