Chelsea are famous around the world as one of the biggest brands in club football. Their journey from a mid-table club to a European powerhouse under Roman Abrahamovic is remarkable, but it has come at the cost of certain careers.
Chelsea look like a club cut from the same cloth as Real Madrid, thanks to their ruthless mindset concerning underperformers.
They believe in buying talent rather than patiently developing it, which is why a host of youngsters have found it tough to break into the starting XI at Stamford Bridge. They sent out a whopping 38 players on loan, which is testament to the club's mentality. And Chelsea's loan policy has become the reason for the downfall of a few players at the club.
Let's have a glimpse at another set of those unlucky footballers who lost their charm at the Bridge.
#5 Oriol Romeu
A product of the famous La Masia, Oriol Romeu jumped at the chance to join Chelsea when they came calling for him with a €5 million deal in the summer of 2011. However, the Spaniard's desire for frequent playing minutes was left unfulfilled as he failed to break into the first team at the club.
It came as a surprise when Chelsea loaned out Romeu to Stuttgart after tying him down to a new contract in 2013. John Terry was already ageing and with David Luiz's sale to Paris Saint-Germain, the youngster was expected to feature more frequently in the starting line-up.
Yet, Romeu's versatility as a defensive midfielder and a defender proved inadequate and he was sidelined to the fringes.
The Spaniard left Chelsea to join Southampton in 2015. Had he been promised more playing time, Oriol Romeu would easily have established himself as a Chelsea regular for sure.