Will We Ever See The ‘Real’ Essien Again?

By on July 10, 2011

Michael Essien could potentially miss a large part of the upcoming season after injuring his knee during training. Can it get any better? Just one day’s training has gone and already one major player is down injured.

Many reports have been linking Michael Essien with moves to Inter Milan, but Chelsea have so far not made any interest public. Maybe now, Roman Abramovich will now regret the fact that he did not entertain any bids for Essien when he was fit and ready.

Do not get me wrong; Essien is a fantastic player. However, he is not really the same player he once used to be. This fact was perfectly evident in the last season, although it would be difficult to judge a player on one season alone. If you compared Essien’s current performance with his performances before getting the number of knee related injuries, it would not be comparable at all. His performances have degraded to such an extent that Ramires overshadowed Essien at times during last season.


Of course, he will return from this injury as he has done on previous occasions, but can he ever reach the high standards set prior to getting his first anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2008? I suppose not.

Chelsea can also be lucky with this injury, as the club has so far not revealed the details of the injury or the time of his expected return. Chelsea released the following statement:

“Michael suffered an injury to his right knee during training this week. He will undergo tests over the next few days to determine the extent of that injury. Until we have the full results of those tests we will not be commenting further.”

It could well turn out to be nothing more than a knock; I hope for the same.

Submitted by Chelsea FC True Blue




  1. Blueboy

    July 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    “His performances have degraded to such an extent that Ramires overshadowed Essien at times during last season.”

    Is this a stab at Ramires? The player who looked 10X the player Essien did in his first season with us? To say that Ramires overshadowed Essien at times last season is a joke, mate. Ramires shat on Ess every minute last year.

    Essien has got to be the most overrated player we have ever done. He can do a lot of things with minor success, but doesn’t do anything particularly well. Ok, he’s strong. But that’s the extent of his expertise. Maybe this is REAL Essien. Afterall, he has been been shit for us more often than not when you do the math

    05/06- shit
    06/07- good
    07/08- good
    08/09 – shit
    09/10- shit
    10/11 – shit

  2. Kev

    July 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    He was a great player. I said on here a while back he was injury prone and a shadow of his former self.
    He will never be box to box again.

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