Maurizio Sarri does not have too much time to make his adjustments to the squad at Stamford Bridge this summer. The Italian has taken over the club just a week ago and has around two weeks left to get his deals done, before the start of the new campaign. While the Blues are desperate to add quality to their side, even as they look to retain their first team stars, but Sarri is also responsible to resolve the careers of a number of youngsters, struggling in the youth system at Chelsea.
The Blues had close to 30 players out on loan last season, and it is expected that the new manager will allow a few of them to leave the club this summer. One such player, who has quit the club on a permanent deal is Jeremie Boga.
Born and brought up in Marseille, the 21-year old joined Chelsea’s academy in 2009 and spent time on loan at Rennes, Granada and more recently Birmingham City but has failed to show enough promise to earn a place in the squad at Stamford Bridge.
He was one of the first names on the team sheet for Steve Cotterill last season but is now back with Chelsea. He revealed earlier in the summer that he is no longer interested in loan moves away from Chelsea. Boga has now got his wish, as Italian side, Sassuolo have now signed him a permanent deal this summer.
The Blues have a plethora of talent in their academy, but Boga was highly regarded at the club, thanks to his versatility and technical ability. The 21-year old is an attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing or in a more advanced role. He has gathered loads of experience while traveling around Europe and has already broken into the Ivory Coast national side. He is slowly establishing himself at the highest level and is a huge signing for the Italian side.
The Blues have players struggling to get into the first team in similar roles currently in their squad. Both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are more experienced and established than Boga but are still struggling to make an impact on the first team at Stamford Bridge.
So allowing Boga to leave the club is a decision that is for the best of all involved. He still has the potential to be a superstar and Chelsea have covered their bases by adding a buy-back clause in his contract. So they can still monitor his progress and will hope that he can hit new heights on this adventure.