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 â€“ 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:
â€œAfter speaking to the manager, he did say I was going to get a chance and I wasnâ€™t here simply to make up the numbers,â€
â€œAll I want is an opportunity to play at the highest level that I can. He said Iâ€™ll get that here and hopefully Iâ€™ll take that with both hands.â€
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 â€“ but there again I will be accused of being biased â€“ you bet I am.