News has come out that on loan Chelsea left back Baba Rahman is set to make a return to Ghana’s squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations final. But the big question for Chelsea fans is whether Baba has a future at Chelsea or not?
Baba was bought by Jose Mourinho in the summer before the 2015/16 season for upwards of £15 million with add ons/bonuses.Embed from Getty Images
In the 2015/16 season which was the meltdown season with Mourinho, Baba made a total of 15 appearances for the Blues. In that time, he scored no goals, but got 1 assist.
In terms of his defensive stats in that season, Baba only had two clean sheets to his name. He had a tackle success rate of 83%.
The on loan Chelsea left back spent the first half of last season at Schalke, before moving to French club Reims in the last January transfer window.
In total for Schalke and Reims last season, Baba played a total of 1,292 minutes. He scored one goal last season, and gained one assist. His defensive discipline was also good last season, with the Ghanaian only picking up a total of three yellow cards, and no red cards.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
So looking at the stats from last season, and the season where he was involved in Chelsea’s squad (2015/16)- it is clear to see that the Ghanaian is more of a defensive left back.
This is very interesting considering the fact that both of Chelsea’s current left-backs- Emerson and Alonso are attacking left-backs. This is due to the fact that both players use to play in wing back systems, and those type of systems suited both players. Alonso under Conte, and Emerson at Roma.
Does Baba have a future at Chelsea?
The answer to this question is very unclear. It depends on what the Chelsea board decide.
Emerson looks like staying for at least another season after his recent comments;
However, Alonso’s future is up in the air at this moment. There have already been reports linking the Spanish left-back to Atletico Madrid, and those same reports say that he is keen on the move to go through this summer.
So with the possibility of Alonso leaving this summer, does this open the door for a Baba return?
Maybe instead of Baba returning, could there be a chance for Jay Dasilva to get a look in for the upcoming season to be back up to Emerson?
What I think will happen and what I think is best for Baba and the club?
I think that Alonso will stay and be second choice to Emerson next season (scenario one).
Alonso may get another chance under the new manager (who may be Frank Lampard), and this is the most likely option at this moment.
If both Alonso and Emerson stay, this would mean that Baba Rahman either gets sold by the club, or goes back out on loan.
The second realistic scenario is that Alonso gets sold, and Rahman comes in as Emerson’s back up for next season.
The third scenario which is a less realistic is that Alonso gets sold, and Jay Dasilva gets a chance to act a back up to Emerson for the upcoming season. The only chance of this happening is if Frank Lampard is our manager next year, due to how much trust he puts into youth players- as shown at Derby this season.Embed from Getty Images
What I hope happens in relation to our left-back situation in the next few years?
I really hope the third scenario happens. Jay Dasilva is a promising left back and he has done well this season on loan at Bristol City.Embed from Getty Images
Under Lampard (if he is our manager) he could develop into an amazing left back in the coming years.
In the next few years, I think that both Alonso and Emerson will not be at the club. I’m hoping that after the transfer ban, we can go and get Alex Telles from Porto.
That would mean that our future left backs would be Alex Telles and Jay Dasilva.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
In relation to Baba Rahman, I think it’s best he moves on with his career away from Chelsea. He was a panic signing by Mourinho, and overall I don’t think he has what it takes to become an elite player for Chelsea in forthcoming years.
But the question will remain, what will happen to both Marcos Alonso and Baba Rahman this summer?
Comment down below what side you take in this debate. Does Baba Rahman deserve another chance? Or has the ship sailed for him to have a successful career at Chelsea.
By Danyal Khan