The Serbian-born German international was regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s finest young talents only a season ago but since his £7 million move to West London he has made just 6 league appearances for the Blues all season.
It’s not surprise that he managed just one goal and one assist in those 6 appearances, of which only 4 were starts and none were for a full 90 minutes. He’s played just 144 minutes of Premier League football in his debut season in England despite remaining fit and available for the duration.
It’s a sad state of affairs for the 24-year-old who just 12 months ago was hailed as one of the best talent in the Bundesliga.
He had become a regular and key first-team player for Werder Bremen in the last three seasons in Germany and had held a similar record of appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach prior to that.
In 2010/11 with Werder Bremen he made an incredible 49 appearances in all competitions, scored 3 goals and made 12 assists. That was the player Chelsea bought last summer but now his value has significantly depreciated after spending a year out of the first-team with the Blues.
However, could someone else capitalize on this situation? The player himself is unsettled by his own admission and will be looking for assurances on his future imminently when outgoing interim manager Rafael Benitez’ replacement comes in.
Chelsea paid £7 million but for probably around five or six million pounds they would probably be prepared to let him go. Liverpool are in the market for more attacking flair – Brendan Rodgers is looking to add both depth and quality to his squad this summer after a disappointing first campaign with the Reds.
Rodgers could have himself a quality German international for a bargain price or even potentially a loan deal – the fact is that Chelsea are unlikely to require his services, based on his lack of involvement this season.
It’s hard to see how the winger (or attacking midfielder) is going to oust the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Ramires from the line-up, whoever is appointed as manager next term.
Meanwhile, his last appearance for Germany was in 2010 and with the World Cup in Brazil next year, he’ll likely want to gain access for regular first team football.
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