Liverpool, Manchester City and Internazionale all have one thing in common.
And to some extent so do Manchester United, Everton, West Brom, Fiorentina and AS Roma. They’ve all benefitted from arguably Chelsea’s biggest transfer flaw – selling players too early.
It’s often mentioned that once upon a time Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were all on the books at Stamford Bridge yet failed to make any impact.
They left and have since developed into three of the best players in Europe at this moment – with the former duo going on to achieve great success at Liverpool and Man City respectively.
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Of course, there’s no guarantee that the trio would have become the players they are now had they stayed at Chelsea, nor can it be proved that the Blues regret their decision all these years later.
After all, they were successful before them and continue to win big trophies after they left.
But it’s still a case of what could have been and 10 years from now there could be a similar conversation about Tammy Abraham, who has reached a crossroads in his career.
Clearly not fancied to lead the line by Thomas Tuchel, the striker is at an age where he really needs to be playing first-team football week in, week out.
At 23, he’s a year younger than when Salah and De Bruyne joined Roma and Wolfsburg respectively and two years older than Lukaku when his Chelsea spell permanently ended when he joined Everton.
The trio eventually made it back to the very top of European football.
Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku, albeit via Man United, was tipped to become an elite centre-forward in his younger days and is living up to the billing with Inter and also with the Belgium national team.
Salah showed signs of making Chelsea regret their decision to sell him whilst at Fiorentina on loan, really caught the eye with…