In recent years just like any other club Chelsea have had their fair share of fringe players, whether they play a few games a season, never really show their promise, or are continually loaned out for, well… no apparent reason. Yossi Benayoun, Claudio Pizzaro, Hilario… the list goes on of players who failed to make a mark. A new generation of deadwood has stocked up in a time where squad numbers as well as wages are limited. So here are four players who could be on their way out of Chelsea.
Well, the ‘German Messi’ didn’t exactly have a very fruitful time at Stamford Bridge did he. A £7 million move from Werder Bremen was shortly followed by an injury which didn’t see him feature until late September of 2012. Playing mainly in the Europa League and Captial One Cup under Benitez, Marin never really showed any confidence or belief that he was good enough to play for Chelsea and of course, a loan spell to Sevilla followed. A not so interesting fact is that Marin has won the Europa League two years in succession with different clubs! Chelsea should hold out for at least £5 million and with the likes of Besiktas and even Sevilla looking for a permanent deal (although I really wouldn’t be surprised if he was loaned), let’s hope Marko can find happiness.
A roller coaster two years for the Nigerian, relegated with Wigan only to be bought by the reigning European Champions and then an African Nation Champion. Moses showed glimpses of power and pace over on the right-wing. Moses finished the 2012/13 season playing 23 games scoring a single goal with a Europa League medal for his troubles. The arrivals of Schürrle and Willian last season signalled the end of his brief time at Chelsea and thus a loan spell to Liverpool was next; “Agent Moses” was born. Countless Chelsea fans were sceptical of Moses’ arrival and as expected he really wasn’t up to the standard of a top 4 team. Having bought the 23 year old for around £8 million Chelsea will be lucky to recoup half of it. With the likes of Hazard, Schürrle, Willian and now Salah seemingly ahead in the pecking order I, like many, see no reason for him to stay. Aston Villa and West Brom are reportedly interested, perhaps a place as a guaranteed starter will see him find some consistency.
John Obi Mikel:
Ah, the Chelsea scapegoat. Mikel has taken his fair share of criticism in a Chelsea shirt (myself included) BUT he has been a mainstay through the most successful period of the club. Strong, disciplined and rarely rash, Mikel has the attributes to be a world-class holding midfielder but rarely puts them together in one match. His reluctance to pass forward and unwillingness to step out of his comfort zone makes for many a sigh from Chelsea supporters. This window isn’t the first he has been quoted as leaving however, with Oriol Romeu signing a new contract, the return of Van Ginkel from injury combined with the latest arrivals of Matic and then Fabregas, maybe, the writing really is on the wall this time. Turkey or Italy seems to be the destination if he was to leave and I’m sure all fans would wish him well.
Ah such promise, but where did it all go wrong? The sacking of Carlo Ancelotti is probably where. After an encouraging 2010/11 season it was hoped by many that he would kick on and follow in the footsteps of Terry as one of Chelsea’s few homegrown stars. Alas, a few bad loan moves (particularly Swansea) halted his progression and now the talk is “what could have been”. It’s not all doom and gloom, still only 21 McEachran has age on his side as well as FFP. There were murmurs of Spanish lessons ahead of a move to the Segunda Division in Spain, but that has died down in recent weeks and a Championship loan seems more likely. This would be one of few loan moves I would approve of. Many hope that this young player can rediscover his talent but he needs to find a club that suit’s his style and ambition. Then maybe he can think about returning to Chelsea to challenge once again.