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Top 15 Players That Never Made It At Chelsea

Chelsea is a football club with a rich history that stretches back 110 years. Since being founded at the Rising Sun pub in 1905, they have won numerous cup and first division trophies before emerging as a football superpower in the early 2000s. Throughout their history, hundreds of players have represented the club, bringing glory and silverware back to Stamford Bridge. The club has survived two world wars, the rise and fall of hooliganism, and evolved to become trendsetters in the modern world of football.

When Roman Abramovich purchased a majority stake in the club in 2003, he heralded a new era for the Blues. Almost immediately, the club began outspending their Premier League competition and signing a slew of players like Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, and Petr Cech, who ushered in a new era of excellence. The club began the trend of big spending in the Premier League and have now progressed to revolutionizing the loan system, which they have ingeniously used to help themselves turn a profit in recent years.

This evolution has not come without a cost. One of the side-effects of such a system is that many players never have the opportunity to develop with the squad. Playing time and spots in the starting eleven are extremely competitive. A fallout with the frequently changing manager and a few missteps on the pitch can see high caliber players shipped off in the following transfer window. It may not be the most fair system, but it has undeniably produced results. These are the players that fell through the cracks at Chelsea and were never able to find themselves at the club.

15 Adrian Mutu 

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14 Juan Cuadrado 

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13 Jeffrey Bruma 

12 Miroslav Stoch 

11 Franco Di Santo 

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10 Gokhan Tore 

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9 Andre Schurrle 

8 Juan Sebastian Veron 

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7 Lassana Diarra 

6 Ricardo Quaresma 

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5 Brian Laudrup 

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4 Claudio Pizarro 

3 Kevin De Bruyne 

2 Andriy Shevchenko 

1 Romelu Lukaku 

Romelu Lukaku was signed at the age of 18 from Anderlecht, and many fans anticipated him making an impact on Chelsea for years to come. He was a squad player as Chelsea suffered Premier League setbacks before improbably winning the Champions League in 2012. The following season, he was loaned to West Brom, where he outscored all his Chelsea teammates with 17 Premier League goals. After expecting to play with Chelsea the following season, he was sent to Everton on another loan where he scored 17 goals. The deal with the Toffees was made permanent and he currently has 15 Premier League goals to his name this season, more than the top scorers for Chelsea.

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