Chelsea's 'shouldn't have sold' XI
Chelsea have become famous for letting great players leave them and here is the best XI of footballers they should have kept
In the 21st century, in the trophy-laden but rocky Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea have become notorious as a club known for letting players go too early, or wrongly leave.
Even as recently as last month, Michy Batshuayi departed on loan to Borussia Dortmund after being deemed surplus to requirements, but it never seemed like the Belgian forward got a fair chance under manager Antonio Conte.
As if to prove this, he has scored 5 goals in his first 3 games in German football, providing 2 assists along the way and the man who replaced him, Olivier Giroud, hasn't started greatly for Chelsea and is yet to score even though he assisted Hazard's opener against West Brom.
Giroud is also a similar player to Chelsea' current starting striker Alvaro Morata, both towering, physical presences up top. So it really does look like an oversight on Conte's part to let the fleet-footed and energetic Batshuayi leave.
He scored 2 goals in the Europa League last night and if he continues this form up, Conte will be left looking very foolish indeed.
This has been a pattern at Chelsea for many seasons, especially under Jose Mourinho's 2nd reign at Stamford Bridge: good players seemingly not offered an opportunity truly showcase their ability, carted off towards a lesser club only for their talents finally be recognized before they earn a move to a bigger rival club.
It borders on the farcical, but a very strong starting 11 can be made out of Chelsea's discarded footballers and this slideshow details this XI.
Goalkeeper - Petr Cech
The hardest position to pick, Cech was 33 by the time he left the club and had been ousted as first-choice by the much younger Thibaut Courtois. What was not forgivable, however, was that the Czech was allowed to leave to one of Chelsea's biggest rivals, Arsenal.
The goalkeeping position had been a problematic one for their London foes for many years and hence, giving them Cech was a direct strengthening of their starting side.
He would end up keeping a clean sheet in the 2015 Community Shield against his old club as Arsenal triumphed 1-0, seemingly an indicator of positive things to come. By the season's end, Cech had kept the joint-most clean sheets (16 with David de Gea) and Arsenal had qualified for the Champions League with Chelsea lagging far behind in the table.
While Courtois hasn't performed badly in his place and was a great goalkeeper for them, there's just no denying that Cech was a benefit to Arsenal's success during that season, one of the greatest goalkeepers in EPL history showing why he has this title.