Chelsea’s ‘forgotten-man’ XI features £33m striker Michy Batshuayi who just signed new contract, £40m midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko with discarded defenders Malang Sarr and Matt Miazga

Every football club has one or two ‘forgotten players’ who fans scarcely remember still play for them.

In the transfer window, these names often pop up as they either return from loan spells abroad or are sent out again to gain more first team experience.

Chelsea have a massive squad, with players often sent out across the continent to get playing time

For Chelsea however, with their famous ‘loan army’, there are several such players.

Some have had time in the first-team, others still hoping to break into it, but all currently on the fringes.

In fact, we’ve found that it’s even possible to put together a full team of ‘forgotten men’ at Stamford Bridge.

Here, looks at those players who you may not have realised are still under contract at Chelsea.

There are more than just one or two ‘forgotten men’ at Stamford Bridge
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Jamie Cumming (goalkeeper)

It is obviously still early days into the career of the 21-year-old.

The young keeper joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of eight and rose through to secure a place in the first-team squad under Frank Lampard in 2019/20.

Cumming was Lampard’s unused third-choice goalkeeper, though failed to break through under him like fellow graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.

The Blues have since opted to bring in others to fill this role and Cumming has been loaned to Stevenage (2020/21) and now Gillingham (2021/22).

Cumming was third-choice for the first team, but has been pushed down the pecking order in more recent times

Davide Zappacosta (right-back)

Chelsea signed the Italian from Torino in summer 2017 for a reported fee of £23million.

Despite his impressive Champions League debut goal against Qarabag, he failed to ever make himself a starter.

The Italian was loaned to Roma (2019/20) and Genoa (2020/21). He now looks set to move on once more.

Zappacosta’s time at Chelsea looks to be coming to a close

Baba Rahman (left-back)

In their shambolic transfer window after winning the league in 2014/15, Baba Rahman was brought in for a reported £21m as a backup left-back

He made his debut in a 4-0 Champions League win at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv, but was never seen as good enough to feature regularly.

Baba Rahman was subsequently loaned to Schalke (2016/17 and 2018/19), Reims (2019), Mallorca (2019/20) and PAOK (2021), suffering serious injuries during this time.

Baba Rahman recently played in a pre-season game

Malang Sarr (centre-back)

There was a simmer of excitement when Chelsea picked up hot property Sarr on a free transfer after he left Nice in summer 2020.

He was loaned to Porto (2020/21) and is yet to show any signs of forcing his way into the fold at Stamford Bridge.

Sarr only joined a year ago, but has already been forgotten by many

Matt Miazga (centre-back)

Chelsea signed the American from New York Red Bulls in January 2016 for a reported fee of £3.5m.

He made his debut in a 4-0 win at Aston Villa in the back half of that lacklustre campaign, but has since disappeared from the team.

Miazga has been loaned to Vitesse (2016/17 and 2017/18), Nantes (2018/19), Reading (2019/20), Anderlecht (2020/21) and now Alaves (2021/22).

Miazga has never made an impact at Stamford Bridge

Tiemoue Bakayoko (central midfield)

Chelsea signed Bakayoko from Monaco in summer 2017 for a reported fee of £40m after he was a key man in their Ligue 1 title triumph.

The Frenchman started well in a 2-1 away win at Spurs, but his performances quickly fell off a cliff and he was heavily criticised.

Bakayoko has been loaned to Milan (2018/19), Monaco (2019/20) and Napoli (2020/21).

Bakayoko is far from a fan favourite

Lewis Baker (central midfield)

Baker has been at Chelsea since the age of nine and starred in the youth teams at times.

He entered the first-team picture under Jose Mourinho in 2013/14 and 2014/15, but could not get further than making a solitary substitute appearance in a 2-0 FA Cup win at Derby.

Baker has since been loaned to Sheffield Wednesday (2015), MK Dons (2015), Vitesse (2015/16 and 2016/17), Middlesbrough (2017/18), Leeds (2018/19), Reading (2019), Fortuna Dusseldorf (2019/20) and Trabzonspor (2020/21)

Baker may have had more luck if he’d emerged a few years later under a different manager

Danny Drinkwater (central midfield)

Chelsea signed Drinkwater from Leicester in summer 2017 for a reported fee of £35m.

His first season saw him make 22 appearances under Antonio Conte, but injury issues and personal problems hampered his progress.

Once Maurizio Sarri arrived, he lost his place and was subsequently loaned to Burnley (2019/20), Aston Villa (2020) and Kasimpasa (2020)

Drinkwater has not pushed on since signing for Chelsea

Charly Musonda (right winger)

Chelsea recruited Musonda and his two brothers to join the academy from Anderlecht in 2012.

He was at one point seen as a starlet and experienced great success in the youth ranks.

As a result, Musonda was part of Conte’s squad to start the 2017/18 season and scored on his full debut against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

He made seven appearances in total and has since been loaned to Betis (2016/17), Celtic (2018) and Vitesse (2018/19 and 2019/20) where he experienced serious injury issues.

Musonda first signed for Chelsea in June 2012, aged 15

Kenedy (left winger)

Chelsea signed Kenedy from Fluminense in summer 2015 for a reported fee of £6m.

He made several appearances for the Blues and managed to score the fastest goal of the Premier League season – after just 39 seconds against Norwich.

When the Blues strengthened their squad for a fresh title charge though, there was less room for the Brazilian.

Kenedy has since been loaned to Watford (2016), Newcastle (2018/19), Getafe (2019/20), Grenada (2020/21) and now Flamengo (2021/22).

An unsavoury social media incident on a pre-season tour in China did not help his cause at the club.

Kenedy was sent home from a Chelsea pre-season tour after he posted offensive videos on social media – one with a caption which translated as ‘F*** you China’ and another of a security guard asleep which was tagged: ‘Wake up China. You idiot.’
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Michy Batshuayi (striker)

Chelsea signed Batshuayi from Marseille in summer 2016 for a reported fee of £33m.

He started well by assisting Diego Costa’s late winner in the 2-1 win over West Ham on the Premier League opening day and followed up with a goal at Watford a week later.

He never displaced Costa though and his season ultimately consisted of five goals in only 236 minutes of Premier League action.

One of those goals will never be forgotten by Chelsea fans though, as it was the late 1-0 winner which sealed their title triumph away at West Brom.

Batshuayi has been loaned to Dortmund (2018), Valencia (2018/19), Crystal Palace (2019 and 2020/21) and now Besiktas (2021/22).

Batshuayi has netted some famous goals for Chelsea

Chelsea’s Forgotten-Man XI

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