Former Chelsea 'wonderkid' the hero with brace for German relegation battlers

Ben Sahar was tipped for greatness at Chelsea - but now he is fighting to keep Arminia Bielefeld in the second tier of German football.

In January 2007, Chelsea unleashed a 17-year-old being dubbed a ‘wonderkid’ into the fold against Macclesfield Town - in the form of talented Israeli Ben Sahar.

In the end however his time at Stamford Bridge revolved mainly around loan spells elsewhere.

He spent time on loan at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and De Graafschap over three years - before leaving for Spanish outfit Espanyol in 2009 - for a fee of £1 million.

But despite a promising start to his Spanish career, including a double against Liverpool in pre-season, he never made the grade in Spain - instead once again spending time out on loan with boyhood club Hapoel Tel Aviv and in France with AJ Auxerre.

After his stint with Espanyol he quickly found a new club, joining Hertha Berlin on a free transfer in 2012 but flopped again.

He featured in just 18 first team games for Hertha in their 2.Bundesliga promotion campaign last season - and was used even less upon promotion to the Bundesliga.

He played no minutes in the Bundesliga this season - instead spending most of his time with Hertha BSC II in the fourth tier of German football.

In January he was sent out on loan to 2.Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld. The Westfalen outfit were in the Bundesliga as recently as 2008-09 but have suffered ever since - and were promoted from 3.Liga last term.

Now they are battling for survival in the German second tier - and last night Sahar was the hero as they thrashed relegation rivals VfL Bochum away from home.

He scored the opening two goals of the tie as Arminia won 4-1 - leaving them level on points with Dynamo Dresden above them in the relegation play-off place and just three points behind FSV Frankfurt in the automatic salvation spot of 15th.

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