‘Even at Chelsea rotation not as extensive’ - Former Blue moans about Belgian life

Former West Ham, Portsmouth and QPR defender Tal Ben Haim is clearly not the happiest bunny at Standard Liege.

When Jose Mourinho snapped up Tal Ben Haim from Bolton Wanderers in 2007 it was part of a cost cutting drive at Stamford Bridge that also saw Steve Sidwell and Claudio Pizarro arrive for nothing that summer.

All three were flops.

Ben Haim had shown glimpses of his talent while at the Reebok Stadium - but not many ever truly thought he was good enough to play for Chelsea.

After one season at Chelsea he was signed by Manchester City for £5 million - before moving on to Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers.

He finally decided to give up on English football after his release from Loftus Road in the summer - deciding to join MLS side Toronto FC.

However that deal fell through and in the end he signed a two-year deal that would see him continue his career in Belgium, with Standard Liege.

He joined fellow Israeli David Biton at the club - under the tutelage of another Israeli in the form of manager Guy Luzon.

The 32-year-old has gone on to become one of the key players in the squad rotation system at the club - but he is seemingly not happy with the way Luzon runs team affairs.

Speaking to reporters the centre-back stated:

"Some players accept rotation, others less, must comply with decisions of the coach is like that. But even at Chelsea I had not known rotations as extensive."

Ben Haim was recently booed in one match and is clearly not happy with his time in Belgium after the most recent statements.

But you have to ask how he can say the rotation is worse at Standard than it was with Chelsea. I think the real problem at The Bridge was simple … he didn’t get picked because he was not good enough.

image: © Tom Cuppens

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