I would like to go on record to state that Salomon Kalou is one of the most frustrating players I have watched over the past few years and I am sure some of you will agree with me.
The reason I get so frustrated? It’s because he has everything in his locker – the skills, the technique, the pace, an eye for a pass and an eye for a goal but one minute he’s great and the next he isn’t! I’ve lost count how many times he has taken people on and run the ball out of play.
From the sublime to the ridiculous – that’s Salomon Kalou for you.
Without question, Kalou has the ability to be world class. Some people might think that’s strange of me to say it and if that’s the case why are Chelsea willing to release him at the end of his contract (according to this list)?
The problem is, he just hasn’t produced enough when he HAS been playing and I think if you look at length of his time here from when he joined us to now he is leaving, it’s hard to see a real improvement. He joined us as part of the squad and we have been looking for him to kick on and push for first team places and it’s still the same today.
If anything, Roberto Di Matteo has given him the longest run in the first team for quite some time and Kalou has had to sacrifice himself for our success by playing a more defensive role in the big games.
That’s the thing about Kalou. You look at him when he plays or when he comes on and you know that he will always give 100% and will always look to impress and you cannot fault him for that.
All Kalou has ever wanted to do is play football and it looks like come the end of June, he will have a chance to do that elsewhere. Only time will tell if given a regular start in games and we finally see Kalou become the player we all know he could be. I really hope we do.
In his time at Chelsea, Kalou has won the following:
I want to leave you with a final thought about Kalou. Kalou has played HIS part in our success since he joined us and that cannot go unnoticed. Kalou was part of THAT team that won in Munich!.
I wish you well for the future and hope you are able to find a team that will give you regular first team football that you have wanted. Thank you for giving everything for the shirt whenever you have put it on. Thanks for the memories Salomon Kalou!
Published with permission from ChelseaDaft.