A story of two Chelsea outcasts – the Athletic


There was a moment earlier this summer when Thomas Tuchel hit a breaking point. He and his coaching staff had reunited before the last wave of players returned from their summer vacation and, adding up the numbers, realized that they would have 42 senior players cluttering up the first team’s field to Cobham the next day – an amount that would basically leave the training unmanageable.

“It’s impossible,” suggested the head coach. “Simply not possible.”

This tends to be life at Chelsea during the summer, as the senior squad is temporarily bloated with players who, in truth, have little or no future at the club. In the weeks that followed, funds were raised through sales and others continued temporarily with the usual wave of contract extensions and season-long loans. At last count, Chelsea had sent 21 first-team players on year-long stays elsewhere.

Amid the pinch of academy graduates, they include big money blasts from the past – staff signed during the terms of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Maurizio Sarri who simply never settled or whose the potential has never been properly exploited. Many are throwbacks to what seem to be a bygone era.

The Athletic spent Saturday afternoon watching two of Chelsea’s forgotten men.

One of them was actually part of the match day squad for the European Champions as they won 3-0 against Aston Villa, although he did not make it onto the pitch. and that his career remains in limbo. The other hasn’t represented the first team at Stamford Bridge for over five years. We suspect he will never do it again.

It’s a very modern story of two Chelsea outcasts.

To illustrate Baba Rahman’s career hiatus in recent years, take Mark Warburton’s post-game commentary at Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday.

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