Life for a youngster at Chelsea FC can sometimes be a dubious affair. The defending champions of England who are 10th in the table following a catastrophic start to the season were just knocked out of the FA CUP by Everton, with ex-Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace under 5 minutes.
Chelsea?s addiction with star names on the starting line-up has resulted in some of the worst instances of transfer business in recent history. The club?s habit of letting talented stars leave has turned them club into a team with no plan B. If the starting line-up fails to perform, the team looks increasingly mediocre and fails to win simple games.
Let?s see the Top 5 players Chelsea wish they had retained.
- ?Romelu Lukaku
The Belgian will forever be remembered by Chelsea fans as the potentially glorious story that could never be. Chelsea bought him for 12 million, rising to 20 million with add-ons. The club mismanaged the talented striker, sending him on loans to Premier League clubs where he consistently bagged an impressive amount of goals. However, in a shocking turn of events, Mourinho sold the prodigy for 28 million to Everton. This is one transfer Chelseas will regret making for a long, long time.
- ?Kevin De Bruyne
Chelsea?s attacking midfielder Oscar is 24 like Kevin De Bruyne. But it is Belgium?s De Bruyne that is considered one of the leading midfielders in the world today. In his first full season in the Premier League, Kevin De Bruyne has 5 goals to his name whereas Oscar in his fourth season has 3. It is not just about the goals, Kevin De Bruyne is a better attacking midfielder than Oscar in nearly every aspect but we still find Oscar starting for Chelsea and not Kevin De Bruyne who now plays for Manchester City.
- Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian winger impressed for FC Basel in the Champions League and made his way to Chelsea in 2013-2014. After trying and not even getting a look-in, he was sold to AS Roma in the summer transfer window 2015. The fleet-footed winger has been prolific since signing, scoring 12 in 31 games for his new club as of March 2016.
- ?Andre Schurrle
The German international will forever be remembered by Chelsea fans for turning Fabregas? exquisite pass into a goal last season. However, scoring crucial and beautiful goals is not what Chelsea were looking for because they sold Schurrle last season when Mourinho couldn?t fit him in his philosophy. One season later, both Mourinho and his philosophy have been fired and Chelsea probably now wish they hadn?t acted on impulse in their euphoric run last season.
- ?Ryan Bertrand
The English international made his Champions League debut when he started for Chelsea in the final of the Competition against Bayern Munich in 2012. Chelsea won the Champions League and everyone quickly forgot about the talented wing-back. Chelsea bought the Spanish right-back Azpilicueta next season and shifted him to left-back in a move that still confounds most Chelsea fans today. Ryan Bertand was sold to Southampton before the start of this season and now rather comically, Chelsea have to field their 19 year old winger Kennedy at left-back because they?re lacking in that position. Anything is possible at Chelsea, anything.