There has been endless transfer gossip about potential new arrivals in Chelsea’s wide attacking roles in recent days, with Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa frequently mentioned.
Costa of Shakhtar Donestk has even gone on record to describe the potential Stamford Bridge switch as ‘a dream’.
Yet surely either right forward should really be thinking twice before signing up to become a second choice wide-man at the west London outfit – one of the most unfulfilling jobs in the game.
Just ask Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah, or Victor Moses, or Juan Mata.
Current understudy wide forwards Schurrle and Salah have both been repeatedly linked with moves away from Chelsea as they struggle for the game time their talents should be exposed to.
The former starred as Germany won the World Cup last summer but, like Juan Mata before him, he has neither the varied attacking incisiveness of the incomparable Eden Hazard, nor the combination of finesse and tactical/defensive diligence that so endears Willian to his manager.
Being in the second strata of Jose Mourinho’s squad isn’t much fun, as the graphic below illustrates.
If you’re lucky you’ll be granted a season of grace when you first arrive, where flirtation with the role of a first-teamer is actively encouraged, before your chances slowly recede.
Substitute appearances are largely the order of the day for the Chelsea Plan B wideman, and, on the rare occasions when a start is granted it’s extremely unlikely the full 90 minutes will be seen out.
When the starts do come they’ll be against Leicester or Burnley rather than versus any side against whom you could really prove your worth.
Not that scoring against the likes of Manchester City at the Etihad, as Schurrle did earlier this term, seems to make any difference
Is this really the kind of life that would appeal to a winger understood to be worth more than £23m, as Colombian international Cuadrado is?