Why did Sidwell Choose Chelsea over Newcastle?

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.


Steve Sidwell

The 24-year-old midfielder – who started his football career at Arsenal – has officially quit the Royals and rejected their £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.

21 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    May 22, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #1

    i do not think we even went in for him did we?? we have an overcrowded midfield as it is. it is true what you say though – where the hell is wright philips, just cameo roles – what kind of player would be happy with that eh! i just can not see mouhrinio leaving out essien or lampard or ballack and co to play sidwell every week – too manybig ego’s to satisfy i fear, regardless of how well sidwell may or may not be playing.
    nope, i think we never went for him OR he had been taped up by the chelski long ago and it was always a done deal.

  • joe

    May 22, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Must have gone for cash. Other than that it’s because he feels he can have England aspirations now he’s a ‘Chelsea Man’. Also, there’s been a strong rumour for a while now that Lampard is away to Real Madrid. If that’s the case then with Essien and one or two others away on African nations duty then he might get some playing time. He’s only got one season to do the bi though. Otherwise he’ll be after another club in January!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    craig – don’t know – assumed we were in for him from all the reports a few weeks back – but you could be right.

  • john

    May 22, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    yup i agree,although i cant say that iam too dissapointed. i think that sam needs to sive out 1 or two midfield players, to get a good balance back as we looked clueless in the middle of the park this year. Get rid of the bad characters/over paid work shy so called stars (dyer) and maybe duff. hopefully zog will get his head together under Sam and have a good season. We need change but hopefully keep the nuclei of a good team taylor,owen or martins,milner and given. i also think emre will stay and have a vgood season if played with a hard working cm with a good physical presence.Dont be suprised if you see shola playing a big part in next season, hes also entering a pivotal part in his career .

  • whitey

    May 22, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #5

    dont really rate him that highly anyway. is her better than we already have? i think not.

  • carl

    May 22, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #6

    sidwell has obviously seen the money signs in his eyes and dreamt about lifting many trophies with them.hes just a greedy young glory .what a waste of a footballer ,well done chelski.

  • carl

    May 22, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #7

    soory that should say greedy young glory hunter

  • Phil

    May 22, 2007 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    He was not what we needed in midfield. If we are to get a CM then we would need a creative midfieldre who can get 10 goals a season.

  • Jon

    May 22, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #9

    How can a player be a glory hunter? he’s not a fan, provided he’s good enough then he’ll contribute to the team and try and win trophies. Any player given the chance should go to a big club to play Champions League football. If it turns out he can’t cut it then fine – he can always move elsewhere. But he’d never know unless he gives it a go. Scott Parker is a good example. Very good player, but couldn’t quite make it at Chelsea and is now playing well for Newcastle (when fit). But at least he can be satisfied he gave it a go.

  • YouSif

    May 22, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Because essien and mikel well leave chelsea to go with National team , and tht will make him play , and he may Convince Mourinho and he want to be Famous

    thanks ..

  • Sagar

    May 22, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #11

    He has probably been signed as cover for essien and mikel seein as they will probably be at the africa cup of nations.
    But otherwise I don’t understand why he joined chelsea…maybe mourinho convinced he has the ability to force his way into the team?

  • Olon Aliver

    May 22, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Alan Oliver seems to have been “Well wide of the mark” with his “worst kept secret in football”. But Is anyone surprised? Sidwell doesn’t have to move house, disrupt his family life and he’s guaranteed medals. He’ll not be a first choice but he will get games as Chelsea will be challenging for all four trophies, and he’s taking a challenge he’ll have to do really well to get and stay in the team. You can’t blame him for wanting to play champions league football, it shows desire and ambition and like Jon said at least he’ll be able to say he gave it a go and tested himself at the highest level.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Yousif – Sagar- good point. Of course we’ll lose Martins also for quite a while too.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 23, 2007 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Olon – no problem with your comment – that was always Steve’s choice.
    Your name isn’t by any chance a twist on that famous (or infamous) reporter – is it?

  • Neil

    May 23, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree that we don’t really need him, but he is just gonna vanish on the Chelsea bench.

  • reggie22

    May 23, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    i think he has just gone for a season or so pick up a few troohys then leave so then he can finish his carear with trophies im not bein funny but i know a few of his friends and he told them he is goin and he will give it all he has got if it works great if i dont least he knows he gave it a shot at the big time instead of just wonderin what could have been when he is 35 so good luck to him it might step him up another level !

  • Rob

    May 23, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Isn’t it a little more likely that he went to a club where he might be able to learn something? Let’s face it, he’d probably have been the best player in your midfield if he’d signed up. At least at Chelsea there are people around him who can teach him something.

    Or it could be something to do with not wanting to spend 3 years wallowing in mediocrity at your club?

  • reggie22

    May 23, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    ROB besides the fact your a dick your very wrong lets look at it this way the more u play the better u get 1 match in 4 aint good enough to improve u play every week look at swp aint half the player of 2 seasons ago and if he learns anything from lampard he aint worth havin !

  • craig chisholm

    May 23, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Rob- who the hell are you?? do you follow us, are a nufc ticket holder or fan??? why are you coming on our board to take cheap shots at us???? keep sidwell, like i said on the first blg of this site – do we need him at all and did we even show an interest ever?? he was as good freeby but only id you need him – we do not -we need a defence. the rest can wait!!

  • YouSif

    May 25, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed Harrison – Therefore, you have to sell striker to compensate Martins ..

    Also, Chelsea bought Sidwell to avoid what happened this season of injuries .. And to be a substitute for Makalele , or if one of the center players injured ..

    thanks .. 🙂

  • matt w

    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    he went for 1 reason….. the money!! he was in a great situation, he was rated as one of the best CM (which i wouldnt argue) in the prem and was on a free at the end of the season, wher he can jus wait for the largest wage bid then go for that and with chelsea havin all the cash to burn, they got him. (scott parker number 2???)


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