5 Chelsea rejects who are currently having a great season
When you look at the amount of players who went under the radar at top clubs, Chelsea is right up there on top of the list. Some of them had a serious downfall in their careers while some others hogged the limelight at other clubs. The lack of playing time and the tendency to splash out money on new players is surely one of the reasons why these players never made a mark at Chelsea. A revolving managerial door at the club also adds to the players’ woes as it is not necessary that these signings are included in the new gaffer’s plans for the season.
Even though Chelsea have managed to pull out some brilliant signings over the last few years in the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, there are more number of players who were brought in but failed to get enough playtime and searched for greener pastures. Here we take a look at five Chelsea flops who are currently having a great season after leaving the former Premier League champions for various reasons.
#1 Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian was a long-term target for Chelsea after impressing in his time at Genk. He played a crucial part in leading Genk to the Belgian Pro League title in 2010-11, scoring five goals in the process. He made a total of 113 appearances for Genk and scored 17 goals in his four seasons at the club. Andres Vilas Boas, the then Chelsea manager, was quick to notice his abilities and signed him in the 2012 January transfer window for a reported fee of £6.7m. The winger was then loaned out to Genk for the rest of the season.
De Bruyne earned the plaudits after his loan move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in 2012-13 where he managed to make 34 appearances and scored 10 goals. He was also named Bundesliga Young Player of the Year for that season and it helped him earn a move back to Stamford Bridge. But life under Jose Mourinho was not fruitful for the Belgian as he only made 9 appearances and struggled for playing time.
However, the turning point of his career happened after he moved to Wolfsburg in the winter transfer window of 2013. The Belgian spent three successful years with the Bundesliga outfit scoring 20 goals in 72 appearances and was also named the Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015 after racking up the highest number of assists in the season. Wolfsburg finished as runners-up in the league that season and also won the DFB Pokal thanks to De Bruyne.
De Bruyne made a comeback to the Premier League after joining Manchester City in 2015 for a whopping fee of £55m and has easily been one of the best midfielders in the league so far. He made 41 appearances for the club in his first season and scored 16 goals across all competitions. He has made 11 league appearances for City this season, scoring 2 goals and registering 7 assists so far.