Another blank means Brazilian is close to completing double disaster loan

Andrey Santos was left on the bench for today’s Strasbourg game against Brest. He didn’t make it onto the pitch at any point.

That makes it 4 games since the midfielder returned from international duty, and he’s started precisely 0 of them. He’s played a total of 23 minutes. The crazy part is that, given our issues in central midfield at the moment, he is almost guaranteed to have played more had he stayed at Chelsea.

The catastrophe is compounded by the context. Santos spent the first half of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest, where he couldn’t get into the team. He’s now moved to Strasbourg – and things have barely changed.

It’s another colossal red flag that there is no plan for these young players and no pathway. Not even a concept of how to make money from selling them, beyond just buying and hoping for the best. Those upstairs are really in the spotlight now.


  1. Stop this hindsight logic trying to claim there is no plan.

    Chelsea made the right choice to send him to a club they have some say over than to keep him on the bench to be an option for enzo, caicedo and gallagher with chukwemeka and lavia possibly returning as well…

    If Santos is not able to command a start in Strasbourg, then what does he have to do here in Chelsea?… Cesare had a better loan and is match fit and ready to challenege in the first team.

    I like Santos a lot and i believe in his potential but the club has not erred in the decisions they made about him. Forest were not fair to him but he has to prove his worth at Strasbourg.

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