Feeling the Blues: Ten former Chelsea men who shone elsewhere

Chelsea fans have been forced to look on in envy this season as former Blues players Mo Salah (Liverpool) and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) star for their respective clubs.  FourFourTwo looks at ten former Blues who have flourished since failing to impress at Stamford Bridge...

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Ryan Bertrand

A Champions League winner with Chelsea, Bertrand never truly got many first-team opportunities, and constantly lived in the shadow of his compatriot, Ashley Cole, during his time at the club.

Despite staying for a total of nine seasons at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s youth academy product made a mere 28 first team appearances for them, and mostly spent his time out on loan.

Bertrand is now at Southampton, where he has been a regular for many seasons, and was selected to be in the PFA Team of the Year during the 2014/15 league season for the Saints.

He also has 19 international caps for England.

Juan Cuadrado

Notable as one of the biggest transfer mishaps Jose Mourinho made in his time at Chelsea, Cuadrado was never truly afforded an opportunity to make his mark.

Signed in the winter of Chelsea’s title winning 2014/15 season, Mourinho never fully trusted in Cuadrado, despite the successful World Cup he had with Colombia the year before, along with his track record at previous employers Fiorentina.

Cuadrado moved on to Juventus in the summer of 2015 after making just 13 appearances for the Blues, where he played in a system that better suited his abilities.

He was part of the Juventus squad that won back to back domestic doubles between 2015 and 2017.

Daniel Sturridge

Signed in 2011 from Manchester City, where the prolific young Englishman spent his youth career, Sturridge spent four seasons at Chelsea, mostly fulfilling the role of a back-up striker.

Sturridge was finally awarded the chance of regular starts during the 2011/12 league season; scoring 11 goals in 30 appearances.

That proved to be a one off, as injuries limited his opportunities and he was sold to Liverpool in 2012.

Capped by England 26 times, Sturridge shone at Liverpool, forming a famous ‘SAS’ striking partnership with Luis Suarez under the guidance of then manager Brendan Rodgers. Sturridge returned consecutive double-digit goal hauls in 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Sadly, injuries came back to blight his career and Sturridge has since struggled to stay fit. He currently is on loan at West Bromwich Albion.