It speaks volumes that the first time the Chelsea youngster opted to clear his lines didn’t arrive until the closing minutes of a game where Watford should have walked away with all the three points if not for a string of defensive errors.
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“Welbeck or Sturridge: Who would you take?” popped up as a friend’s Facebook status 10 or so games into the 2010/11 Premier League season and created some healthy debate should we say. Two young, exciting unorthodox English forwards fresh from successful loan spells at Premier League outfits arrived back at two of the biggest clubs in the country and played with a fearlessness and a swagger that suggested both could be lighting up the domestic and international stages for years to come.
14 trophies in four years, he will forever be associated with a football club that played (and still plays) some of the most scintillating football in the modern era and his meticulous approach to match preparation means when his football sabbatical is over, there will be no shortage of suitors wanting to give him a job.
As the seconds ticked away in the second half, the heavy rain that had threatened the early evening game from even taking place poured onto the greasy Stamford Bridge surface at which point the Newcastle players were probably hoping the heavens would swallow them up and spit them back out somewhere back in the North East after being comfortably second best to Hazard, Mata, Torres and company.
It’s amazing what a spell out of the side can do to your form, and another manager gives you the opportunity to prove your worth just as Roberto Di Matteo has done with John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian whose economical style of football will probably never see his name emblazoned on too many replica shirts around Fulham Broadway was out of favour with previous manager Andres Villas Boas, but under Di Matteo the deep-lying midfielder is reminding the world why there was such a tug of war between Manchester United and Chelsea for his services almost six years ago.