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Kakuta - Decision Time?

Whether Gael Kakuta ever makes that crucial breakthrough into the Chelsea first team is one of the universes greatest teasers.

Touted as an outstanding prospect, in his teenage years, Kakuta has failed to live up to his billing and spent last season, back in his homeland, with Dijon.

This morning, it`s being mentioned in dispatches that the Spanish club, Espanyol, are looking to take Kakuta on a similar deal next season.

Therefore, would it be churlish to suggest that if the club agree to such a deal then should we view it as an admission that he`s never going to cut the mustard at Chelsea and that he`ll join the long list of youngsters that sparkled in our academy but never bridged what appears to be an enormous gap.

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 18 2012

Time: 2:00PM

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I know what you mean, shame.. I really had high hopes for this boy... i remember seeing him in some under something tournament and he was the bollox
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18/05/2012 14:15:00

Considering FFP and no of players who may leave this summer, think its a good idea for him to be atleast a squad player next year. But i guess it will be his make or break year for sure for cfc
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18/05/2012 14:19:00

loan him out for one year! he is simply not good enough for pl football....saw him a couple of games for dijon! nice to watch but not that effective in his passing and game year to go!
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18/05/2012 14:26:00

Why loan him again?He should be given more oppurtunities at Chelsea.He is exactly wht Chelsea requires.
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18/05/2012 14:41:00

his ship has sailed im affriad. he not even the dijon starting 11 no more! he will not make it at chelsea simple. not because we dont give youth a chance but just because he doesnt seem good enough. how many managers at chelsea have had him there? and none have brought him up to stay. he flirted with the first team then bang off you go on loan or into reserves.
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18/05/2012 15:06:00

So much talent, but once again that gap appears just too huge!
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18/05/2012 15:20:00

I think that once the CL final is out of the way a few players will start moving.
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18/05/2012 15:34:00

I personally think he needs to still show it at another club. Espanyol are a good team. Let's see how he develops.
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18/05/2012 15:36:00

He was a regular starter at Dijon,although he did't participate in their last 2 games.But you never know what happens there,because ,you have to admit,Dijon is not a major factor in France and the media is not really interested in their players.He might have been injured or something,you can never say with absolute certainty,canu you?
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18/05/2012 15:55:00

dtr1977: He has started 14 games and came on as a sub 3 games since he moved to Dijon. He has only missed 3 games (1 as a unused sub and the last 2 from injury).
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18/05/2012 16:16:00

Let give this lad some game time in Chelsea maybe squad player I still believe in him
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18/05/2012 16:21:00

He's amazing. Don't let him go...although both Piazon and Feruz are better...
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18/05/2012 16:29:00

I still maintain he has not been given a fair chance to try and fail at his parent club chelsea. Lets have him at home, available to use in Carling cup and early FA cup games, have him start a few home games in the BPL against bottom fooder clubs and actually see how he does before deciding..If we are going to loan him out for another year then we may as well sell him and be done with it..he is not going to learn what he needs to on these pointless loans..let us for a change show some trust in our youth prospects and at least give them a decent chance to sink or swim where it matters at their home club.
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18/05/2012 16:32:00

I think CFC would be looking to offload. quite a pity but it would will be d right thing for all party. CFC had high hopes of him being star talent & not squad player. of d 5 of our academy graduate (bruma, josh, bertrand, PVA & kakuta) that were offered pro contract last year, he has d best package but so hasnt look like a chelsea first team material. Among those five, i would say its only josh & bertrand that stands a chance.
Chelz Akamz
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18/05/2012 16:37:00

How can someone not live to expectation without being given a chance in the first place?
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18/05/2012 16:40:00

@GabeU opportunities for grooming youths & young talents at a club like chelsea are rare as it is in other big clubs that compete for honours(well except arsenal). u ve to make d best use of it when u grab it.... its now d turn of piazon, kane, chalobah, feruz, bamford to be offered theirs not kakuta. if he still believe he has a future at CFC, then his agent should hold out for a full season loan out at a club where he would for spots & prove himself.
Chelz Akamz
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18/05/2012 16:47:00

Do people actually realize this is exactly where Mata was with Real a few years ago? You can replace experience, but you can't replace talent. At the very least, Kakuta will be a Marin/Malouda/Kalou/Meireles/Zhirkov. And all it takes for him to get there are 15-20 games per season for the next two seasons.
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18/05/2012 16:51:00

@OC blues and Foriegn viewer..i concur with you..this young man is being dubbed a failure and reject when i can say for certain he has not had 10 first team starts to his name since he joined us..come on now..this fellow has not been given a valid opportunity in the first team to sink or swim....more loans wont help us make an informed decision on him some quality chances with the experienced quality players in the first team will. We want to move on the Piazon and co now and just chuck PVA, Josh and Kakuta in the dustbin..even Bertrand i dont think has had a dozen starts this season..the problem is that we as a club have no system or plan/procedure for blooding our youths into the first team..we think we can out source that most hallowed and important duty of the parent teams to some other team out there...sorry doesnt work that wont surprise me if these boys end up like Stoch, Sinclair, Borini etc..sad and wasteful.
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18/05/2012 17:30:00

Can't we just use Kakuta as back up to Mata and Josh as back up to Lampard? Let's face it, it is clear none of these guys will get game time anywhere in the premiership unless they are outright sold. I am sure some of you may not agree, but I will more than have Sinclair as backup to Kalou than Malouda although I won't trade him for Marin though.....
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18/05/2012 17:54:00

@KAKU.Don't be an idiot.Sinclair?I do not want such players anywhere near Chelsea.
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18/05/2012 18:07:00

Where've you been hiding lukamolski??
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18/05/2012 19:01:00

kakuta is an incredible talent - watching interview with joe cole, drogba, and a host of other first team regulars - they all highlighted kakuta has being the most skillful player in the squad (youtube videos of this admission). The kid has undeniable talent - as the saying goes "form is temporary class is permanent" - this lad has not lost the talent he has had all his life - Ancelotti once said of his performance against APOEL - that it was the biggest positive he could take from the match. - this from his one and only CL appearance where he created scoring opportunities and almost burried one from 30 yards.
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18/05/2012 19:11:00

and you could almost say the same of Josh - he hasnt lived up to potential etc - this is what doesnt make sense to me - you need to be given the opportunity! for me, Josh McEachran and Gael Kakuta along with Piazon are chelsea's future - they have the talent - they need the opportunity.
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18/05/2012 19:13:00

and for anyone who doesn't know - Gael has been an absolute revelation in France, for a side who have been absolute ****e all season. He's scored 5 goals and 2 assists - and say what you like, but to instantly start performing like that in an unknown side, with unknown players, and not having trained with them before - his return can only be a success in my eyes
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18/05/2012 19:17:00

parker26, all that since January too.
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18/05/2012 21:40:00

Whatever happened to lukamolski that made you missing all this months should come back and take you.
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18/05/2012 23:22:00

another talent stands to be wasted not only because of our managerial instability but also being managed by people without a single solid future plan....Mourinho has never had any (bought Sahin and Canales, where are they now??) then Carlo (might have played youth here and there but when it mattered he stuck to the same under-performers which meant he never really had a plan for them in mind: remember how he'd announce the squad the day before, especially Malouda, the man was a joke) AVB (might not have played them immediately but at least had the decency to have a 3 year plan in place and as he said and we agreed in the beginning, he was sussing the entire squad out) RDM (couldn't even play a youth player when leading 4-0 in control of the game, seems he needs a injury to play a young player presumably to "cover" his a** if the fans question him if we lose, how's that for "the best manager Chelsea has ever had"??)
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19/05/2012 05:06:00

That's why we need someone like Pep (he played one or all of Tello, Cuenca, Adriano ever game, even in big games and this shows his "developmental" mentality) or Biesla (more youth exuberance and the team is getting better, don't mind missing on cups for a season to create a dynasty) or Klopp (no prizes for guessing why) we need a manager with experience in managing and developing young talent lest people like Kakuta go to waste, we didn't get banned from transfers for no reason
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19/05/2012 05:07:00

Maybe we should get a coaching crew that specializes in player development and reward outstanding players with play time and bumper packaged deals
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19/05/2012 05:26:00

Maybe the youth don't play because the main players have sponsorship deals which necessitate that they play every game. Would Samsung be happy if Drogba, Lampard and Terry rarely play a game?
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19/05/2012 06:34:00

Torres has WAY MORE SPONSORS than Drogba, Lampard and Terry @FOREIGN VIEWER but he doesn't play as often...They haven't been complaining, have they??
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19/05/2012 07:10:00

We need our young players to develop and next season is going to be a very tricky one and much of these young players will go out on loan, of which Espanyol is a good team for him if he gets the chances.
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19/05/2012 09:14:00

its amazing to me that a waste of space like stewart downing is in the england squad but we are writing off a supreme talent like Kakuta who has quite simply rocked the sh(t since his move to dijon & is only out the team due to injuries right now!!!!
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19/05/2012 10:17:00

@ Gondo, Kakuta is French not english
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19/05/2012 14:12:00

He is one of the future of chelsea and should be nurtured well to get himself into the first team at chelsea
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21/05/2012 07:37:00


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