The 21-year-old winger came to Chelsea as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe, but has lashed out at the club over a lack of opportunities, and might be one of several young players to leave Stamford Bridge as a result.
Considering the trouble that Chelsea went to in order to bring Gael Kakuta to Stamford Bridge, it is especially galling how his career at the club has panned out. Although the transfer ban and fine that was imposed on the Blues for their conduct in signing the youngster were repealed, the vehemence with which they pursued Kakuta demonstrated their desire to pick up the wonderkid, and the fact he has not fulfilled his undoubted potential at the club will be a matter of considerable annoyance for the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.
Kakuta has featured several times for Chelsea over the past few years, and became the youngest player to ever play for the Blues in the Champions League when he played against APOEL Nicosia in 2009. However he has struggled to kick on at Chelsea, and has been farmed out on loan on several occasions, spending this season in the Netherlands and Vitesse.
Kakuta has now spoken out about the lack of chances at Chelsea, saying that he no longer dreams about paying for the club and that he will look to move somewhere else next season in order to continue playing first team football. Kakuta also said that the Blues simply have too many players, and that young players cannot develop if only given ten minutes a month of first team football.
The 21 year old has been criticised for his attitude in the past, but Chelsea must be worried that his words will strike a chord with all the young players they have out on loan. Some already are established European names like Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, and if they have similar feelings to Kakuta then Chelsea could lose some of their most promising young players.
There is no doubt that Chelsea do have a lot of excellent players, and youngsters have struggled to break into the side as a result. This needs to be addressed quickly by the management at Stamford Bridge to try and show their youth stars that there is a route into the first team, otherwise they could end up seeing their young players play their best years elsewhere.
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