Nathan Ake has been sold off to Bournemouth in a very surprising move by Chelsea. To be honest, I did not see that sale happening anytime within the next 2 or 3 seasons because Ake is a very talented player, and he brought decent quality to the team whenever he featured last season.
He was always a promising lad, even before he was off to Bournemouth on loan last season. He was one of the few academy products I felt could grow into the first team, and actually fit in so well. He is a versatile player, who can play both at center-back and or as a full-back/win-back, and he’s good in the middle too.
He added good value to Bournemouth last season, and that prompted a recall to Chelsea earlier than expected, so, it came to me as a surprise to hear he’s been sold off. I really don’t know much about transfers because it isn’t my turf, but I know a good player when I see one. Ake is one, and that makes it all the more difficult to understand the decision to sell him. Ake might not be John Terry, but he has the potential to be great. He was passionate about playing for us, and was always ready to go.
With all the criticism going on about Chelsea not giving upcoming talent a chance to blossom, one would have thought that we’d make a difference with Ake. Besides, why pay more for something you already have? With the absence of Terry, Cahill ageing, and Luiz in his 30’s, it would have made sense to nurture a potential great like Ake. Now, he’s gone, and if he performs excellently for Bournemouth, we’ll run to repurchase him, as in the case of Matic and Luiz (hopefully there’s a buyback in the deal).
I know that the nature of football today makes it difficult for coaches to be patient with young talent, but sometimes, you must have faith and take a gamble. Obviously, Conte and Roman Abramovich want to make sure there’s no excuse for failure, and I really hope things pan out positively for us all because a few months from now, we’ll either be celebrating today’s decisions or we’ll wish we’d known better.