The new just coming through the wires is that Chelsea have confirmed that out-of-contract Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell has agreed to join Chelsea on a free transfer from July 1.
We had hoped he would be on his way to Newcastle – but we guess Steve thinks he can break through and be a regular at Chelsea – but that will be very difficult.
The 24-year-old midfielder – who started his football career at Arsenal – has officially quit the Royals and rejected their Â£25,000-per-week, four-year deal.
Sidwell has opted to join Chelsea where he can look forward to few games – given the talent at the heart of the Chelsea midfield – and lots of time spent on the bench.
It’s hard to understand why top class players – particularly Englishman – would go to Chelsea unless they think they can be starters. Some excellent players have gone there – but it’s difficult for them to get regular starts.
At Newcastle he would probably have been offered more money and could have looked forward to a starting position in Newcastle’s mid-field.
Of course Chelsea win quite a few trophies – (what are those? ) -and they will be in the European Champions League so Steve will be getting some good experience – if only he can crack the side.
Well – he isn’t coming to Newcastle – and maybe all the news that it was definite a few weeks back – was just paper talk. On reflection maybe the sacking of Glenn Roeder had something to do with it.
I’m sure we’ll get over it.
Sidwell joined the Royals in 2003 (from Arsenal) and made 169 appearances for them – scoring 28 goals.