Tottenham are doing Modric a favour by blanking Chelsea
Chelsea’s attempts to shop locally rarely produce good results
Luka Modric is bossing the back pages right now. The Croatian misguidedly assumed gentlemanliness to be a common characteristic of football folk and is now angry that Spurs won’t stick to an apparent gentleman’s agreement to let him leave the second he got what he considered to be a better offer.
Is he right to feel aggrieved? Only Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy truly knows. If he is keen to keep Modric around though, Levy should probably show him how the last few Premier League players to have been snapped up by Chelsea have fared to snap him out of his sulk…
“He’ll come good eventually,” is the party line of the punditocracy after Torres struck just once in his first 18 appearances at Chelsea. Andriy Shevchenko was once similarly backed though…
Injury problems were a factor in Benayoun starting just one Premier League game in his debut campaign at Chelsea, though he was on the bench prior to his Achilles tendon problem.
Afforded just two Premier League starts in two seasons at Chelsea. A Bolton side with a far less glamorous support cast handed him 11 chances to shine on loan and he responded with eight goals.
The goalkeeper was always going to be a reserve following his arrival from Middlesbrough but probably didn’t anticipate seeing less action than Hilario in his first two years as a Blue.
Avram Grant signed him and then swiftly subbed him, however the French striker has proved more popular with the three managers since, providing the contribution expected of a £15 million man.
The now Fulham midfielder had a blink-and-you’ll-miss it season at Stamford Bridge in 2007-08, making 15 top-flight appearances – over half off the bench – before heading to Aston Villa.
Tal Ben Haim
Signed the same summer as Sidwell and dispatched with similar haste, the Israeli defender actually made the starting line-up ten times, which is more than he managed at three of his next four clubs.
Torres is omitted having only joined six months ago, however the last six Chelsea signings from other English teams have averaged a scary 11.7 Premier League starts a campaign in west London. You’ve been warned Luka…