When Chelsea signed Lucas Piazon in 2011, they had to fight off competition from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Juventus were heavily linked with Piazon, who was put in the same bracket at a young Neymar and Lucas Moura.
Upon his arrival in Britain, he went on loan to Malaga and Vitesse Arnhem as was customary for a young player.
But when he subsequently went on loan a further three times – to Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading and Fulham (for two seasons) – Piazon’s career looked like tailing off.
His promise was evident, but a combination of injuries and poor management hampered Piazon’s development.
And many Chelsea fans may have forgotten he was still at the club now, as he hasn’t made any first-team appearances.
But the fact that Piazon didn’t leave in the summer highlights their need to appoint a new technical director.
The spot has been vacant since Michael Emenalo left on 6th November 2017.
And as there is no-one specifically controlling the clubs transfers, it was easy for Piazon to fall by the wayside.
At 24 years of age, he’s entering his prime and he should be playing football regularly, no matter where.
His inclusion at Chelsea also is just another hindrance for their talented youngsters to overcome to get into the first-team.
So, with Piazon rotting in the reserves, Chelsea should be ramping up their search for a new technical director.