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When a person or a body invests their money in anything, they tend to prefer some returns. They wouldn’t want lesser money back. Also, let’s face it, everybody loves a profit.
So when somebody invests their money in a football club, they tend to desire some profit. Every owner expects a profit.
Chelsea is a club that is shrewd in its transfers. Chelsea like to keep the net transfer spending of a season to the least, and they do this at the cost of their brilliant academy and scouting network.
Chelsea possibly has one of the best scouting network in England, bar the Frenchman in the North of London, and they have discovered players with huge potential. Most of these never broke out mainstream mostly due to Chelsea’s odd way of doing things.
From the now older likes of Josh McEachran and Lucas Piazon, to more recent Thorgan Hazard and Tomas Kalas, Chelsea groom their youth by sending them out on loans, and then once they seem to get better and gather some attention, they sell the players since they barely need them in the main team. Few have successfully made it to the top, like, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina and Andreas Christensen.
Their selling policy has just started to learn about the usefulness of the buy-back clause the hard way, by the cases of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Recent departures Patrick Bamford, Christian Atsu, and now Nathan Ake, join a long list young stars that the Chelsea fans hoped could probably leave their mark, and Ake was quite close to that. After being recalled from loan, and included in the main team for the second half of last season, fans hoped Ake would be a regular face in the senior squad with John Terry’s departure.
However, Bournemouth’s club record offer of 20million was too good to reject, considering Chelsea have sold the likes of Salah, Atsu, and Thorgan Hazard for lesser. Nathan Ake is originally a central defender capable of even playing up the field as the last man in front of the defence. But it was in his recent loan spell at Watford where he came into his own as a very safe left back. At Bournemouth, Ake impressed centrally, offering an attacking threat much like the phenomenal David Luiz.
Rarely compromising defensive stability for an attack, Ake’s strongest suit as left back is his positioning and his composure. But with Chelsea’s shift to the three at the back, Ake at the left wing-back role wouldn’t have been the right fit.
Ake, though, would’ve done well in the back three, but wouldn’t have been handed the starting spot he so desires, much like all Chelsea graduates who bide their time in various loan spells only to see them never end. The prime example of Marko Marin comes to mind, who failed to break into the main squad and never really fulfilled his potential.
Nathan Ake’s search for regular playtime, much like any other young talented player, wouldn’t have been fruitful had he stayed. To allow him to grow, letting him go was necessary since Chelsea would rather splurge on a safer and better player, than risk a youth player in the senior squad.