Time for Chelsea to make big decision on Wallace future

Chelsea need to make a decision on the future of Wallace, with the teenager out of favour at Inter Milan.

Last December Chelsea announced a deal to sign highly rated Fluminese full-back Wallace.

He did not join up with the club until the summer, where he began impressing in pre-season.

The 19-year-old's displays were enough to secure him a loan move, with Inter Milan beating Benfica to bring him in for a season.

Looking at it now, Wallace surely would have been better off heading to Portugal - For however it would have panned out, it surely couldn't have been worse.

At present he is yet to start a single game for Inter Milan, and has made just three substitute appearances.

In all he has combined for a total of 39 minutes, with his last appearance coming exactly a month ago on October 20.

His very short time on the pitch has been very unremarkable, without creating a single chance or having a shot.

While a regular on the bench, Wallace is finding it tough to get game-time, with Inter Milan's system not accommodating an out-and-out right-back.

Inter play with three centre-backs, and Brazilian midfielder Jonathan has made the wing-back position his own, starting 10 Serie A games to date.

It leaves Chelsea with a big decision to make heading into January. Wallace will not be learning anything on Inter's bench he could not be at in the Premier League.

He was sent there to play regular football and this has not happened, they should consider cancelling the loan and sending him elsewhere - to a side who do want to give him a regular opportunity.

While leaving him there to see if he can overcome the challenge could be a positive, the negative effects in terms of his confidence and development - essentially wasting a year - surely outweighs it.

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