When Roberto Di Matteo lost his job at Chelsea last season it was seen as premature and rash by many of the clubs fans and while few would admit it - a selection of the players would also have been left perturbed by the decision of Roman Abramovich.
If that feeling could not have been amplified anymore the Russian owner then installed a universally unpopular ‘interim’ manager at the helm of the club.
But for other players, who could not get a look in under the tutelage of RDM or AVB before him - this could be a fresh start.
One player who immediately getting more game time was fellow Spaniard and Barcelona trainee Oriol Romeu.
The young midfielder featured in several of Benitez’s first matches and soon enough looked to be making a breakthrough at the club. Then, disaster struck - as Romeu tore his anterior cruciate ligament just before being due to fly out for the FIFA Club World Cup.
He has not played for Chelsea since that December 2012 game v Sunderland - and upon recovery from his injury was sent away for a loan spell with Valencia.
And he has certainly been impressing while out in Spain - his recent Europa League performance against Swansea City coming in for specific praise.
But what does the future hold for the 22-year-old?
Valencia have recently been put up for sale by their creditors after they failed to stabilise the clubs crippling finances - so it is unlikely they will be able to afford buying many players for a while now.
This is fine by Romeu - as he feels he can have an impact at Stamford Bridge upon his return.
Speaking to LevanteTV he stated:
“…I hope so. It is good that they are interested in me. I know that they are following me and they are happy with my recent performances. They have congratulated me but I have not spoken directly to Mourinho. Chelsea scouters told me recently that there are not many players in my position and that if I have a good season they will want me back next year.”
Well that is promising - especially when you consider Romelu Lukaku has not spoken to the club since joining Everton on loan.
Whether he really has a chance of being a Chelsea player or not remains to be seen. The fact is that Chelsea probably do need another defensive minded midfield player but will be more likely to splash out on the likes of Nemanja Matic or Blaise Matuidi - rather than bank on a young player.
Interestingly that is what they should have done with Matic, who they may now face spending up to €40 million bringing back to a club that let him go for essentially nothing.
Perhaps those lessons may give Romeu a chance.
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