For 10 years, Michael Emenalo has been everyone’s favourite scapegoat for any recruitment anomaly that goes wrong at Stamford Bridge and he’s not been given the appropriate gratitude that he duly deserved for his shrewd talent of swabbing players with marvelous potential abilities under the microscope of Chelsea.
His job as the Technical Director was just to, along with the manager, spot talents that will improve The blues and present his proposition to the board members to go on with the negotiations. He handled the sporting aspect of player recruitment while the board do the financial and business part of it yet he was thrown under the bus more than once for the astronomical transfer fee negotiations which were clearly out of his jurisdiction.
He succeeded immensely at his job of scouring the world for gems that will help increasingly adorn the club’s crown as one of kings of the English Premier League.
Here, in no particular order, are the 5 most successful recruitments of this visionary futurist since he was promoted to the post of Technical director in 2011:
Definitely, the biggest on this list.
He was scooped up by Emenalo after 3 prosperous seasons for Lille amid interests from other European super heavyweights. Hazard’s impact for ‘the blues’ can never be overemphasize as he’s helped them to two English Premier League triumphs and a UEFA Europa League. He has, just as projected by Emenalo, quickly risen to one of the top football talents in the world.
One of the most successful recruits of the vast scouting system that Emenalo controlled. Bought from Genk as a 19-year-old potential in 2011 and he’s risen meteorically to be the club’s best pair of safe hands, displacing the more experienced Peter Cech and he’s carved a place for himself right besides David De Gea in the circle of goalkeepers with awesome goalkeeping qualities.
Emenalo worked alongside Antonio Conte to land this ever-energetic midfield dynamo after he had a fairy-tale season with Leicester. Somehow, with just one full season under his belt for Chelsea it can be boldly said he’s been a total success at Stamford Bridge. His otherworldly stamina and strength in the midfield was instrumental to their EPL success last season and there were nearly no grumbles when he was announced the PFA and FWA player of the year for that particular season.
Maybe Costa isn’t the most likable personality in football but there is nothing not to like about his qualities as a footballer. A flat-track bully that crawls under the skin of opposition defenders, drives them near insanity and irrationality and then BANG; he scores. He was a menace to every team in the league including Chelsea as they found out when he boycotted training for almost 3 months due to an alleged text message from Conte before he was sold back to Atletico Madrid earlier this season.
Perhaps the most subtle of all the players on this list. The versatile defender was, with help of Emenalo, snatched from Marseille for a rather cheap £7m in 2012. Since then, he’s been almost ubiquitous at Stamford Bridge. With the qualities and willingness to play anywhere amidst the rearguards, he’s been used by numerous managers anywhere across the defense line. Still doubting his qualities? Watch that cross he lofted to Morata for that goal against Manchester United last Sunday once again. Pure class.
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