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13 players you forgot played for Chelsea including Euro 2016 winner and Man Utd flop

Chelsea are often criticized for their use of the loan system with players remaining at the club for years without making an appearance.

And it leads to fans forgetting the players that have actually featured at Stamford Bridge over the years.

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There are many still plying their trade that, at one time or another, wore the famous Chelsea kit.

We could have put together a similar story when it comes to Chelsea managers given Roman Abramovich’s tendency to pull the trigger.

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But, for now, we have looked at 15 players that you may well have forgot ever featured for the Blues.

Fabio Borini

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Fabio Borini started his senior career at Chelsea

The Italian winger actually started his senior career at Chelsea, having been first choice striker for the reserves.

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Though he made just four Premier League appearances for the Blues, failing to find the net, before joining Liverpool.

His Reds career wasn’t that successful either, and he has failed to hit double figures in a league campaign anywhere.

Ricardo Quaresma

Ricardo Quaresma went on to win Euro 2016

A Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, Quaresma never really ignited during his 2009 loan spell at Stamford Bridge.

The winger made just four Premier League appearances with the Blues, having made the temporary move from Inter Milan.

He was part of the Inter squad that won the Champions League, while also having a Serie A title to his name for the same season.

Oriol Romeu

Oriol Romeu got his first taste of football in England with Chelsea

Now impressing with Southampton, Spanish midfielder Romeu got his first taste of football in England with Chelsea.

He headed to west London from Barcelona in 2011 and spent four years with the Blues, though made just 22 Premier League appearances.

That did include 16 in 2011-12, helping Chelsea to the FA Cup and Champions League, where he was an unused sub in the final, in that same season.

Papy Djilobodji

Papy Djilobodji struggled to make an impact at Chelsea

Having signed a four-year deal for the Blues, who paid between £2.7m and £4m, Djilobodji’s only Chelsea appearance in the third round of the League Cup away to Walsall.

Just five months after signing, he was loaned out to Werder Bremen and left Stamford Bridge that summer for Sunderland.

Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair didn't get too many chances to impress at Chelsea and was sent out on loan to numerous clubs

Helen Flanagan’s partner spent five years as a Chelsea player from 2005.

The Blues had pay Bristol Rovers an initial £200k following a Football League tribunal for Sinclair’s signing, though he made just five Premier League appearances for the club.

Sinclair went on to shine at Celtic, helping the Hoops to three Scottish Premiership titles during his time with the club.

Deco

Deco spent two seasons at Chelsea

Two years with Chelsea saw the iconic Portuguese midfielder lift the Premier League title and back-to-back FA Cups.

He was a regular at Stamford Bridge having been Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first signing at the club.

Deco struggled following Scolari’s sacking though was rejuvenated following the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti and was instrumental in helping the Blues to a double.

Jeffrey Bruma

Jeffrey Bruma started his senior career at Chelsea

The Dutch defender started his senior career at Chelsea having joined the Blues’ youth setup from Feyenoord at the age of 15 for a fee of £100,000.

He went on to make just four Premier League appearances for Chelsea, being a regular in the academy team at the same time.

Tomas Kalas

Tomas Kalas has played just two games for Chelsea

The Bristol City captain was tipped by many to become a regular at Chelsea, eventually spending nine years at Stamford Bridge.

He only ever made two Premier League appearances for the Blues, but has been a regular in England’s second tier.

He spent time with Middlesbrough and Fulham on loan before heading to Ashton Gate, temporarily at first, with the Robins paying £8m to make the move permanent.

Alexandre Pato

Alexandre Pato had a short loan spell at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea fans hoped a loan spell for the Brazilian would see flair at Stamford Bridge, though it never materialised.

Pato made just two Premier League appearances, scoring on his debut against Aston Villa, before returning to Corinthians.

Pato had impressed at AC Milan, though never found that same form during his short spell in England.

Radamel Falcao

An unsuccessful loan spell at Manchester United, where he managed four goals in 26 appearances, did not put Chelsea off making the same offer to the Colombian.

Injuries didn’t help his cause at Stamford Bridge with Falcao scoring once in ten Premier League appearances.

He was also dropped from the Blues’ Champions League squad for the second half of the season and returned to Monaco at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Marco van Ginkel

Marco van Ginkel hasn't had a look in for Chelsea

He made two Premier League appearances in his first season though has spent four campaigns, including the current one, at PSV.

He has tasted success in the Netherlands winning two Eredivisie titles in 2016 and 2018.

Tal Ben Haim

Tal Ben Haim spent just one season at Chelsea

Former Bolton, Portsmouth and Manchester City ace Ben Haim joined Chelsea for one season in 2007.

He had signed a four-year stay though headed to City after 13 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

Ben Haim was outspoken during his time in west London, criticising manager Avram Grant having initially signed when Jose Mourinho was boss.

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