If you were going to name your top players in the Premier League over the past two seasons, both Mo Salah at Liverpool and Kevin de Bruyne at Man City would make it onto most people’s lists.
De Bruyne has been instrumental in multiple Man City title-winning sides, while Mo Salah helped Liverpool to score their way to a Champions League title last season and perhaps a Premier League trophy in 2020.
However, both players received their first chances in the Premier League at Chelsea, although neither were handed too much of a chance in West London.
De Bruyne played only nine games for the Blues, and only three Premier League fixtures. Salah was given a few more games by Chelsea, totalling 19, or 13 in the Premier League (Wikipedia).
Jose Mourinho was the manager of Chelsea as both players passed through the club, and Frank Lampard seems to have aimed a dig at the now Spurs gaffer for how he handled them.
Lampard said (TalkSPORT): “If we’re not patient and if we don’t stick with the players, we might end up in a situation like we were before where absolute top, world-class players in this moment were at Chelsea when they were 20, 21 and managers didn’t stick with them so much then.
“I’m in a position where I’m going to stick with them.”
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