Is Steve Sidwell Already Having Second Thoughts at Chelsea?

New Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has spoken to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and been told he will have a role to play at Chelsea next season.

But with all the talent Chelsea have – particularly in central midfield – it’s hard to see Sidwell getting many games at the London Club – and will be warming the bench quite a bit in his first season at the London club. We could be cynical and say that’s his role – but we won’t be.

But – in all seriousness – that’s not good for an up and coming player of Sidwell’s ability.


Steve Sidwell – would have looked good in black and white stripes.

The 24-year-old was a free agent at the end of last season and initially was thought to have chosen Newcastle United as his club of choice but it looks like when Glenn Roeder was sacked all bets were off as to which team he would sign for.

As we know Chelsea won the race but we still don’t think it will turn out to be a good personal move for Steve. Sam Allardyce tried to get Steve but just wasn’t successful and we think the lure of potentially winning the Premier league and Champions League football was too much for young Steve to resist. Steve made 37 starts for Reading last year and was outstanding in the heart of their midfield as Reading often played superbly. It will be an interesting statistic this season to see how many starts he will make this coming season.

Although there will be fewer first-team opportunities at Chelsea, Sidwell has been told he will nevertheless get his chance to shine.

This is what Steve said today:

“After speaking to the manager, he did say I was going to get a chance and I wasn’t here simply to make up the numbers,”

“All I want is an opportunity to play at the highest level that I can. He said I’ll get that here and hopefully I’ll take that with both hands.”

Mourinho of course is about to sign Florent Malouda, who has been having a medical and discussing personal terms at the London club. It’s also reported that Michael Ballack will miss the first part of the pre-season tour to America as he recovers from ankle surgery. Of course Mourinho is very smart because if Sidwell becomes unhappy at Chelsea then he can always let him go – for a fee – so he has very little to lose signing free agents like Sidwell and Newcastle’s other target – Bolton’s Tal Ben Haim.

It’s just not a good position for Sidwell to be in and he will join other English players at Chelsea who have simply warmed the bench as they have been unable to break into the Chelsea first team. Just think of what he could have achieved at Newcastle – but there again I will be accused of being biased – you bet I am.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    hes not that great, rather have deco, or even emre, good luck warming the bench, money grabber

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s made a huge screw up and he knows it, he might be a Carling Cup player for them if he’s lucky and that’s about it. Shame really because he’s got the talent to of played for any of the chasing teams such as ourselves, Spurs, Villa, West Ham and Everton….never mind, too late now…stupid boy

  • Pete

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I always thought he was overrated to be honest. Another Wright-Philips?

  • P.collins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    He would of known the situation before he even put pen to paper at Chelsea he is yet another one of many footballers who put wages before playing the game. I can’t see who there going to drop for him. It will take 3 to 4 month’s before he realizes the mistake he’s made Happy bench warming son invest in a good mobile and an Ipod it will be awhile before you get a run out.

  • ScottW

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe he justs wants to try and win something. Being a pro footballer he may of actually been following football and realised every year Newcastle fans, board and players talk up there chances of winning this and qualifying for this…… !
    The only good point in your article is “Would of looked good in black and white stripes” Maybe you should get Trinny and Susanah to pick out a couple of players for you!

  • Newquay Brown

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Why are you having a pop? If it was between yourselves and say, Fulham. Would you be saying that he’s only at SJP for the money? People also forget that he took a step down from Arsenal to Reading, and earned himself another chance at a top club. If the remark abour Roeder is true, I wouldn;t be surprised if he thought “More upheaval at Newcastle, Chelsea looks a bit more stable.” It surprises me how you attract anyone (who isn’t already desperate to move) when players can’t be confident that the manager will be there for any length of time.

    As has been mentioned in a another post, he probably thought he had more chance of winning things, I’m sure there wouldn’t have been much difference in his salary at Chelsea or NU. Plus, a player on the way up has to take the shirt off someone else. if he’s more effective than Lampard or Ballack, he’ll keep his place.

    Bias maybe, we all expect that. Bitterness? That much is obvious.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Newquay Brown – I hope if doesn’t come over as bitterness – we would have loved Sidwell at Newcastle and think he’s a very good up and coming player. It’s true there was upheaval at Newcastle with Roeder being fired when he was thinking of where to go – agree with that. Hopefully with the old crew out and Ashley and Allardyce in – Newcastle will become more stable – which we never were under Shepherd. But the bottom line is we don’t think it’s a good move for Steve – he deserves to play every week.

  • smokiejack

    Jul 10, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    how is that lemon people!! BITTER!!
    your right he probably will warm the bench with the rest of chelsea’s english players! oh wait they all regularly play! as usual people’s envy clouding thier coments!
    give it a year and im sure you can have more of our rejects after all your team contains most of them!!!
    just make sure you all enjoy the bottom half of the table!! how you can class yourselves as “one of the chasing teams” is hilarious!! The only team you’ll be chasing is Sunderland!

  • Newquay Brown

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9


    The bitterness wan’t specifically aimed at you, more the posters who’ve said “money grabber” and “bench warmer”, when it’s obvious he would have been very well paid at Newcastle and he knows better than most about being a squad player unable to break into the 1st team. He could become a fixture at Chelsea, he could stay static for a year or two. I say fair play for having a go though.

    NUFC have been their own worst opponents in recent years, lesser teams have outperformed you because of it. Here’s hoping for some patience, stability and succces (in that order).

  • Royal Tea

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    “Just think of what he could have achieved at Newcastle ?”

    Mmmm, just remind us will you what any player has achieved at Newcastle during the last 25 years

  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #11

    newquay brown, ill give it till christmas, till he realizes hes made a mistake, by christmas he wud have played about 4 league games and all the carling cup matches, chelsea r too big a club to bring players like him in, hes not gonna challenge lampard they are different class, im afraid hes gonna be another english talent wasted

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Royal tea – Alan Shearer scored 204 goals for Newcastle in the 10 years he was at the club – that’s quite an achievement don’t you think?

  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    typicall chelsea fans, they probably only supported the club since roman arived, did u lot used to be united scum

  • Guy Maxwell

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s easy to be cynical about Sidwell’s motivesd, but then again he can afford a mistake at this stage in his career and players who become fringe players at Chelsea rarely struggle to find clubs willing to take them on (Parker, Duff, Geremi ……).

    Maybe he was led to believe that Lampard could be leaving, maybe he was told that Geremi was. He’ll probably make no more than 10 appearances this year, but will be handsomely paid for this, and if nothing changes, he’ll join Newcastle in 2 years richer and wiser.

  • smokiejack

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #15

    CFC All my life, infact the whole family are! NUFC arent the only ones with loyal supporters. i can remember when we spent many a season getting promoted only to be relegated the next season!
    and shearer yes he did score alot, great player, but im sure he had a bigger impact at blackburn rovers! infact he was a prolific scorer for them, just not for you guys. NUFC have long been the supposed 4th club in the prem, but as in every season you all under achieve.

  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    wat u on about he wasnt prolific for us, ur off ur head, i dont think we are the 4th club in the prem, we are a long way off, but i beleive things are startin to take shape and i believe we are a club lookin up and not down anymore

  • Newquay Brown

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom, you say that “I’ll give it till christmas, till he realizes he’s made a mistake”. Does that apply both ways? Will you wait until Christmas before YOU make a decision, or is it too late for that?

    I think the point smokiejack was making was that Shearer’s goal-to-game ratio was better than at NUFC, and that it ultmately counted towards the league title.

    Anyway, I would guess that if you asked most players what they want to count at the end of their career, most would say winners’ medals.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Guy – but he will have wasted his playing time at Chelsea don’t you think. He’ll be well off wherever he plays – in terms of money – but most players want to play.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Newquay Brown – i agree most players want medals – and yes – nobody has got one at Newcastle for 38 years – i’ll get it out before you tell me 😀

  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    hes either got some balls and thinks he really can challenge lampard and essien, if thats the case fair play to him, at least hes givin it a go, or he is stupid and is happy to sit on the bench and pick up a big package, id agree with u that medals means more to most players than the amount of goals, but if i was put in shearers position, man u or newcastle theres only one place i wud go, im sure u wud have been the same a few years ago before chelsea startin really challegin and winnin the title

  • Newquay Brown

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    It surely must be because he thinks he has a chance at Chelsea, although he must know the the task ahead of him. My guess is that he’s aiming for 20-25 games per season and then work from there, it’s not necessarily a big ask as Chelsea were in the final stages of all comps last year. For the record, I follow Man U, but I wasn’t going to say because I think it’s irrelevant.

    My original point is why have a pop at the bloke? Because he’ll earn a lot of money? Beacuse he wants to win trophies? Beacuse he wants to make the most of his opportunity? I just think too many people start slating a player simply because he decided not to join their team (including an awful lot of Man U fans).



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