AS Chelsea fans, we continue to rue the days when they allowed Kevin De Bruyne and Mohammed Salah leave the club.
Both players have left the club to become two of the best in the world in their positions. But the question has always remained, why on earth did we ever let them go?
I mean, everyone at the club, the coaches, the board, the fans, Jose Mourinho, we all saw how good these two players were, right? Wrong.
There has been a lot of finger pointing and blame games, Mourinho has even claimed that selling Salah at least, was a board decision.
But they must ALL take some blame, they all should have done more to keep the players at the club and put their trust in them.
The board should have seen their undoubted potential and influenced the manager to use them more. And quite simply, Mourinho should have given them more opportunities and reassurances that they would be playing regular football under him.
But Mourinho has never been that kind of manager, not one to put trust in unknown or youth players, and despite my love for the man for what he’s achieved at Chelsea, I’ll never forgive him and anyone else involved in the decisions, for allowing De Bruyne and Salah to leave.
You can argue that both players chose to leave. Well yes, they did. But that’s because they were not being played enough, nor did they have any reason to believe that they ever would be at Chelsea.
This season, under Frank Lampard, we are witnessing a change in that culture, and I am urging the board, the fans, and the coaches to remain fully patient in doing so, otherwise we will see another situation like the one above.
Lampard WILL give players a chance if he feels they deserve it and are good enough. This is an excellent trait for him to have. He will give players continued game time in order for them to prove what they can do, rather than just ten minutes at the end of the game.
If there is a young version of De Bruyne at Chelsea right now, make no mistake, he WILL get his chance to play regularly and break into that team.
This is the patience needed and the patience that Lampard is breeding. The board and the fans must follow suit and show that patience as well.
I’m not claiming that Mason Mount is the next Kevin De Bruyne or Callum Hudson-Odoi the next Mo Salah.
But equally they are two top class talents that maybe under Mourinho, might not have got anywhere near as many opportunities as they will get under Lampard.
Without patience and trust, I could be sitting here in five years time writing the same article about Mount and Hudson-Odoi.
The latter of course, was very close to already becoming one of those we let go because we didn’t play him. Hudson-Odoi almost joined Bayern Munich due to not being picked early on under Maurizio Sarri and my god how we would have regretted that.
I can tell you two other players who were doubted entirely by the fans and the board when they first arrived – John Terry and Frank Lampard.
But they were trusted by the manager, even if some fans were muttering that they might not be good enough. They were given solid game time, which is essential for development.
Just look at how that situation ended up. Sometimes, the grass is not always greener on the other side, and I’m glad that Lampard is prepared to give opportunities to those who are good enough.