7 players who became successful after leaving Chelsea
#6 Franco Di Santo
Di Santo joined Chelsea from Chilean club Audax Italiano in January 2008. The Argentine spent his first season in England with Chelsea’s reserves and was included in the first team plans for the next season after impressing in the reserves. He spent the entire 2009-10 season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, but failed to make an impact during his spell there.
Following his poor loan spell at Blackburn, Chelsea sold him to Wigan Athletic in the very next season. He spent three seasons with the Latics and scored 13 goals in 97 games for them. During that time he even made his debut for Argentina’s senior team.
After leaving Wigan, Di Santo signed for German club Weder Bremen, but could only manage 4 goals in 23 games in his first season. Despite this, his overall improvement saw him being included in Argentina’s provisional squad for the World Cup.
The striker has found his goal-scoring form this season for an under par Bremen side. At present the 25-year-old has 10 goals in 14 appearances for his club and has come a long way from being a Chelsea flop.