When it comes to their recruitment of French footballers, Chelsea historically rarely get it wrong.
Even Laurent Charvet helped the Blues win the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final and Bernard Lambourde was a useful squad player that once netted the only goal in a 1-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham.
The only real exception to the French rule has been Gael Kakuta, who signed under a cloud from Lens.
An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was eventually required to lift a ban that prevented Chelsea from buying or selling players in successive transfer windows on account of the club supposedly illegally encouraging the then-teenager to break his contract.
The vibes were that Kakuta would be a wonderkid of the future, with Carlo Ancelotti even labelling him as the “future of Chelsea” after some impressive breakthrough performances.
However, injuries prevented Kakuta becoming a first-team regular and he has spent the last five years being passed around Europe on loan, joining the likes of Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano.
He remains on Chelsea’s books, but it is clear Kakuta has no future at Stamford Bridge. A gem that has failed to sparkle is how many will remember his time in London.
The other young French rough diamond that Chelsea have taken on the challenge of shining is Kurt Zouma and again the early signs look positive.
Zouma is being carefully managed by Jose Mourinho. He has started at centre half in matches where Chelsea could use some extra pace, he has played in a couple of bigger matches to enhance his experience and been utilised in midfield to broaden his game understanding.
The logical future successor to John Terry is well on track to becoming a first-team regular in the next 18 months.
It is another French youngster that Chelsea have been linked with in a potential summer swoop and it could go either way whether his Blues career follows that of Kakuta or Zouma.
Damien Dassaut is a France Under-20 international and was a transfer fancy of Tottenham earlier in the season, before leaving Valenciennes for Standard Liege. He only made his debut in Belgium in December, but is 2/1 to join Chelsea by the closing of the August transfer window.
Left-back is a position where Chelsea look more fragile than most, as Cesar Azpilicueta has blossomed in the role despite being more at home on the opposite flank, while back-up Felipe Luis has been average at best and is 29.
The general consensus is that Dassaut will be shipped straight out on loan and this may be regarded as a negative to his prospects of a Stamford Bridge future.
But Thibaut Courtois is testament that such a move could be for the greater good and Dassaut plays in a position where Chelsea are certainly not well stocked for the coming years and a position where worldwide world-class talent is at a premium.
Given the sheer number of Chelsea loanees that fail to make the cut at the club, logic would indicate that Dassaut will just be the latest on this list. Although, he does seem to have more chance than many at carving out a future at the Bridge.