Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Chelsea Youngster Leaves the Bridge

  Santo Says Sayonara  to Chelsea

    Chelsea's 21-year-old Argentine striker was sold to Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee on the last day of the summer transfer window. The Argentinian who arrived at Chelsea in the January 2008 failed to make a regular place in the squad and after a not so impressive loan spell at Blackburn Rovers was sold off to the Latics'.

    The promising Argentine arrived at Chelsea in the winter transfer window of 2007-08 season after marveling at his former club Audax Italiano during the previous seasons. He had shown plenty of promise while at his former club and also while playing for Chelsea's reserve team. He had a very good reserve season where he scored 12 goals in his 8 appearances for the reserve team.

    Thereafter, he was chosen for first team action and made his senior team debut in August 2009. He spent most of the 2008-09 season on the bench and managed only 8 substitute appearances for the senior team. Towards the end of season he was linked with a loan move to fellow Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers.

    The next season he left Chelsea to join Rovers on a six-month long loan spell with an option to extend it with another six months. He made his debut for the Rovers' in August 2009 against Scottish club Hibernian. He excelled at Blackburn and earned praises from Rovers' boss Sam Allardyce. He managed to score a goal too. Thereafter, he extended his loan spell by another six months. But he failed to seal his place in the team and was used as a last minute substitute. The reason for his omission was his poor goals per game ratio. He was not even selected for the Rovers' final game of the 2009/10 season.

    He came back to Chelsea after his unsuccessful loan spell where he made only 25 appearances and managed a solitary goal. The club was on the look-out of prospective buyers for their Argentine youngster and sold Di Santo to Wigan after the DW Stadium outfit agreed to Chelsea's asking price.

    With the rise of Chelsea youngsters Daniel Sturridge, Gael Kakuta and plenty others Di Santo's days were already numbered and he was seen as a surplus by the current management. The youngster is excited by his transfer and Chelsea fans will wish him best of luck in his new adventure and hope that he excels in the future.