Chelsea currently has an over flooding range of loanees who are plying their trade to achieve first team football. One such loanee who has been in the news lately is Oriol Romeu.
The Spaniard is currently shipped out on loan to German club VFB Stuttgart. Stuttgart are currently lying at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and are fighting a battle against relegation. The midfielder was brought into the Blues squad by Andre Villa Boas from Barcelona for 5 million euros in the summer of 2011. He was then sent out on loan to Valencia and VFB Stuttgart after spending 2 seasons at Stamford Bridge. Let us analyze how Oriol Romeu has performed and is it justified for him to leave Chelsea permanently.
Romeu at Valencia:
Romeu was loaned to his native Spanish club Valencia last season where he played in 11 matches and came on as a substitute for 2 games. He didn’t score or assist for Valencia but was decent as a central midfield player making 29 tackles and 23 interceptions in 13 La Liga games. Romeu fell down the pecking order and struggled to make it into Valencia’s starting lineup towards the end of the season.
His defensive positional indiscipline leaves one disappointed, and Romeu’s durability is something that Mourinho would surely have had his eye on. Also, he sat out in seven of Valencia’s league games because of a knee injury. Upon returning, he played four straight league games, was benched and then missed the last four games of the season due to another injury. The former Barcelona man’s track record was unnerving for Valencia causing him to be sent on loan again next season for his further development.
Romeu at VFB Stuttgart:
Romeu has shown a more mature head at VFB Stuttgart as he has started 19 games and brought in as a substitute in 4 matches. He is yet to score or assist this season as well. Romeu has averaged 2.2 tackles per game which has improved marginally from around 2 tackles per game. Also, his interceptions per game have shown a growth as he intercepts about 2.7 passes per game. Romeu has improved a lot and is showing good potential at the age of 23. He has been a key player for VFB Stuttgart with his midfield creativity but still isn’t ready to join the Blues squad and face the Premier League big boys.
According to me, Romeu will not be joining VFB Stuttgart as relegation looms for the German club. With the quality of players present at Chelsea, being a part of the Blues squad for next season is highly unlikely as well. Unless he puts up some amazing performances, that change Stuttgart’s fate this season, a place in the Chelsea squad would be a distant dream. A simple decision would be another loan move maybe to Middleborough or Vitesse next season, but you never know what is in store when Mourinho is the manager.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni