Scout: Exceptional Chelsea prospect is wasting his talent


Chelsea scout Guy Hillion has criticised Gael Kakuta as the midfielder cuts another loan-spell short.

The former Lens youth player has been described as a phenomenon by both scouts and former youth team coaches.

The 22-year-old was on the verge of being banned for four months and fined €780,000 for apparent breach of contract when he joined Chelsea in 2007.

The saga almost landed Chelsea a two-window transfer embargo as reports suggested that the Blues induced the player to break his contract with Lens – however all charges were eventually uplifted.

After joining the Blues youth team, then German international Michael Ballack recommended journalists to take a look at the player – labelling the young Frenchman a star.

Loan spells at Fulham, Bolton and Dijon followed – yet each loan spell was cut short with Kakuta recording only a handful of appearances – much to the annoyance of the Chelsea staff.

Since the summer of 2012, Kakuta had been on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. The Eredivisie title-challengers started this season in fine form and currently sit two points adrift of Ajax in second place. However, Kakuta has yet to make a first-team start - and once again decided to cut his loan-spell short.

Chelsea scout Guy Hillion has heavily criticised the decision, describing Kakuta’s talent as being ‘wasted’. The scout went on to describe the Frenchman as the most gifted player of his generation, adding:

"Frankly, I don't know why he put an end to his stay with the Dutch club.

"It is a huge waste. I already said it and I repeat it, he is the most gifted player of his generation.

"He could have been exceptional.

"But talent is not enough. When you pile on failures and there is trouble in any club where you played, you have to ask the right questions and question yourself.

"There was Bolton, Fulham and Dijon too. You can't manage everything in a player's career.

"You can't manage what is on his mind, his entourage or his family."


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