Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta has been named Rayo Vallcano’s Player of the Month for October after putting in a number of impressive performances.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder caused controversy when he joined the Blues in 2009, and the expectations on his shoulders were huge given his potential.
Despite being largely renowned as one of the most thrilling young players in the game, the former French U21 international struggled to progress and a number of failed loan moves ensued.
Now, after being shipped out to his sixth loan club in Rayo since moving to Stamford Bridge, it appears that Kakuta is in a position bordering on last chance saloon.
Fortunately for both the club and player, the Madrid-based outfit have so far proven to be a good fit for the youngster and Kakuta has put in his most consistent performances of his career to date.
As a result of some fine displays throughout October, Kakuta was awarded the Five Star Player award or the Spanish equivalent of the Player of the Month award, as announced on Rayo's official website.
“I’m very happy because it means I am working hard, I have played well and that I am improving. I’ve needed to play regularly and I thank the fans for the trophy,” Kakuta said on receiving the award.
Kakuta has only ever made six Premier League games for the Stamford Bridge outfit, with his last outing coming in the 2010/11 campaign.
On arrival in West London, his skills on the training field were so impressive that it prompted then-star midfielder Michael Ballack to tell the German journalists: “Go see the French lad, he is the star.”