6 Chelsea players who were not key players but were still loved by Chelsea fans

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Football fans always look out for star names and big name signings, and at Chelsea we’ve had a good number of superstar signings under Roman Abramovich.

The big names are always adored by the fans, and the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and a host of star players who played at the top level for Chelsea would always be remembered for how effective they were.

Meanwhile, there is a group of players who may not really be the first name on the sheet but who also made an impact and were as well appreciated by the Chelsea faithful.

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1. Salomon Kalou

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The Ivorian is currently at German side Hertha Berlin, but would always be remembered by the Chelsea fans for what he achieved during his time at the club.

Kalou signed up for Chelsea in 2006 and spent six years at the club, winning the Champions League, the Premier League and four FA Cup trophies.

Kalou made 254 appearances for the club, including 147 starts, and scored 60 goals. He was never a sure feature in the starting lineup and always had to fight for a shirt and prove himself under every Chelsea manager, but he always made impact coming from the bench and always scored vital goals for the club even though he wasn’t the most prolific goalscorer.

He was surely loved by the Chelsea fans.

2. Raul Meireles

The Portuguese retired from the game in 2016 and spent just a year at Chelsea, joining the club from arch rivals Liverpool. Meireles never got to be a dominant player in the Chelsea team, but he was very effective playing for the side and his fierce shot and work rate was well appreciated by the Chelsea fans.

Meireles will fondly be remembered by scoring a belter in the final minutes of a Champions League quarter-final 2–1 victory over Benfica, setting up a last-four tie with Barcelona as we went on to win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

3. Andre Schurrle

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The German was an £18 million signing from German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 and he spent two years as a Chelsea player.

Schurrle announced himself with his first Chelsea goal coming in the 2–1 home victory over title challengers Manchester City on 27 October 2013. The German was never key for Chelsea but he was a useful player as he often competed with Willian for the right wing role and eventually left the club in January 2015 after a lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.

Interestingly, the German won the Premier League title in his final season for the club but was not aware that he had played enough matches to earn a medal, and was surprised when manager José Mourinho texted him to tell him of the recognition.

Chelsea fans surely have fond memories of the speedy winger who has a fierce shot with both feet.

4. Fernando Torres

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in January 2011 for a fee of £50m which was a then club record signing and also the most expensive British signing at the time.

It never really worked out for Torres at Chelsea, but he was still loved and adored by the Chelsea fans who still appreciate him till date.

For Chelsea fans, the role he played in the 2012 Champions League triumph was enough justification to be loved as he scored a crucial semifinal goal in the 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp that ensured Chelsea’s qualification to the final.

Just last month, Torres thanked Chelsea fans for the love they showed him and revealed that he will forever remain grateful to the club.

Torres told the official Chelsea website: “The reaction of the fans really means more than the feeling for myself.

“Sometimes I felt like the fans were looking forward to my goals even more than me.

“I felt like every time I scored an important goal they were happy because I was the goalscorer, more than because we scored a goal.

“I will be in debt to them forever.”

5. Ryan Bertrand

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The Chelsea academy product was a surprise inclusion in the Champions League final in Munich, and for the Blues faithful, the left-back did enough to ensure that the left flank was totally sealed.

He never managed to hold on to a starting role at Chelsea and was at the club at a time when youngsters found it hard to break through. He was however loved and highly rated by the Blues fans and after a series of loan spell at Aston Villa and Southampton, he was signed permanently by the Saints for about £10million in 2015.

6. Josh McEachran

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Josh McEachran will always ring a bell as a highly rated Chelsea youngster who never made it to the senior team despite all the promise he showed.

McEachran made 22 appearances and scored no goals during five seasons as a senior player at Chelsea, and he was that youngster Chelsea fans hoped would have made it to the first team.

Now 26 years of age, the former Chelsea midfielder is currently playing for Birmingham City.

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