Premier League champions Chelsea has had and still have significant pool of great players to choose from, but somehow they always let them leave either to foreign leagues or directly to their rivals.
This season the most impressing players in the league unsurprisingly happen to be former Chelsea players but they left the club as players who failed to live up to the club’s expectations and meet the demands of the club or to be more specific, they left as rejects. In this article we assess how the Chelsea rejects are bossing the Premier League.
The problem with Chelsea is that they are a “flavour of the moment” club, they will buy whoever is performing at the moment and discard whoever is not. It was no different to the trio of Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku who all couldn’t make the cut during their time at Chelsea.
Mo Salah who is having a terrific season was sold to AS Roma by the Blues in 2015 for £16m after he failed to impress the then Chelsea manager José Mourinho. However, his sale to the Serie A outfit was the beginning of his path to success as he enjoyed a good stint in Italy before Liverpool bought him at the beginning of this season for £39m which is a bargain price considering he is currently at the top of the top goal scoring charts with 9 goals.
Likewise, De Bruyne was among the players who could not cut the mustard at Chelsea before he was sold to Wolfsburg for £18m in 2014.
The Belgian playmaker impressed during his spell at the Bundesliga and attracted interest from Manchester City who at the end signed him. De Bruyne went on to be the leading assist-maker in the Premier League (18 assists) in his first season with Man City and this season had an undeniable rise,registering 6 assists and scoring 3 goals for the log leaders in 12 games.
Romelu Lukaku also failed to impress during his brief period at Chelsea.The 24-year old striker was sold in 2014 for £30 million to Everton following a season long loan.The striker was bought for a whooping £75m price by Manchester United and has so far scored 8 goals and assisted 3 for the 13 time Premier League champions.
Surely it can’t be coincidental that the Chelsea rejects are lighting up the league?
Written by Bonno Macheng
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