In a somewhat surprising move, RdM decided to leave Malouda off the Champions League roster for the group stages this season. It’s no mystery that Chelsea tried to offload the winger earlier in the transfer window but it seems like two sides of Chelsea supporters came out after the announcement.
The first thing that people think about with Malouda is how poorly he has played recently. RMB Sam Smith has said on many occasions, “He has lost a step.” It’s true, Malouda is definitely not the same player that had fifteen goals and fifteen assists under Ancelotti. Many supporters feel like he needs to be shown the door asap and he’s just taking up a spot on our roster and money from our wage bill.
Then there’s the other side to Malouda, the side that loves the club like crazy. When you think about it, there are only a handful of first team players remaining that love Chelsea more than Malouda. Frankie of course, JT and Ashley Cole. Bottom line, Malouda would do anything to play for Chelsea for the rest of his career. When you think about everything he has done for us, it’s hard to push him aside that easily.
RMB Bret Higgins has said it before, “You’re not going to get eleven players that love the team out there for every game.” There’s no disputing that fact. My dislike for Cahill is well-documented since he is one of those players that has no real reason to love Chelsea like Frankie or John. It’s not just Cahill, my two favorite players (Torres and Hazard) are never going to kiss the badge and I know that.
My issue is how poorly Malouda was treated. I want to see Chelsea do well and I want to see players like Piazon and Bertrand get playing time, but not that way. Malouda is still a member of Chelsea and he deserved better – even just garbage minutes against Nordsjaelland or five minutes at the end of the game.
Players come and go, but players like Malouda are rare. He’s not English and he hasn’t been around here for long, but he loves the club more than most of our squad. What happens when Malouda, Lamps, Terry and Cole are gone? We’ll have 11 players playing out there for the name on the back of the kit rather than the badge on the front. No matter what, we were lucky to have Florent Malouda.