After Michael Essien enjoyed his stellar campaign at Chelsea between 2005 and 2014, many suspected it was a gateway for several Ghanaian players to Chelsea Club.
Of course, that proved to be the case. But it was not to be a success story just like that of Michael Essien. After his departure, there have been two Ghanaian players who have joined the West Londoners but have failed to make a strong impact at the Stamford Bridge.
Former Dreams FC and Asante Kotoko left-back, Baba Rahman was the second player to join Chelsea after the departure of Michael Essien during the reign of Jose Mourinho.
Given the love that the then manager had for Michael Essien many expected Rahman to become Ashley Cole’s successor for Chelsea.
But that was not meant to be the case as Rahman failed to dispose of the likes of Filipe Luis at left-back and did not feature much in the few matches that led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Fortunately for him, Mourinho’s successor, Guus Hiddink gave him a few opportunities including an impressive display against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions in which he was named in Whocored.com’s Champions League team of the week.
The subsequent seasons have seen Baba Rahman moving out on loan to clubs including Schalke 04, Reims, and Mallorca. His cause has also not been helped by injuries which have hampered his growth at Chelsea and other clubs.
Unlike Baba Rahman, Christian Atsu was unable to wear the blue colors and represent the club, enjoying his spells as a Chelsea player on loan.
After his signing in 2013, he was loaned to Vitesse in the Netherlands where he scored 5 goals in 30 appearances in the 2013-2014 season.
Between 2014 and 2016, he went out on loan to Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga, and Newcastle before joining the Magpies on a permanent deal in 2016.
It is quite unfortunate that both players were been unable to make the unexpected impact at Chelsea, but hopefully, there will be Ghanaian players at Chelsea who will do so like Michael Essien in the future.
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