For months now, there’s been a debate on social media by a lot of Chelsea fans on whether or not the board was wrong to sell some of our ex-players. The debate has been mostly fueled by the rise to form of Egyptian, Mohammed Salah, who has been terrific for Liverpool all season. Critics argue that Chelsea were too impatient to wait for him to show what he’s truly made of. But this wouldn’t be the first time something like this happens.
Last season, Kevin De Bruyne was in a similar situation, and people talked. Seasons ago, it was Arjen Robben too, so it’s nothing new, really. The truth is those who attack Chelsea for letting these talents go in the first place forget that literally every football club in the world has lost players that grew to be better. It’s a part of the game. The game is more business-oriented these days, so club owners and managers will do anything or in some cases to remove certain players if they’re deemed unfit for the cause.
At the time Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Mohammed Salah joined Chelsea, they were promising talents, and nowhere near their current performance levels. They were given countless chances to show they could fit into the Chelsea team, but they just couldn’t compete. You do not expect such players to be ahead of Oscar, Mata or Hazard, who were already giving enough at that time. And eventually, they were sold off because the club needed to cash in on them.
The events that led up to the sales of those players were purely circumstantial. Nobody was witch-hunting anyone, and none of them was sold out of punishment. So I find it quite ignorant for one to mock or blame Chelsea for the sales of any player. Players are bought to deliver; when you don’t do that, it’s natural for you to get sold.
I am a fan of both Kevin and Salah, but I would never sit and watch people speak from an uninformed point of view in issues concerning Chelsea because before anything else, I am a Chelsea fan.