Was it still Chelsea?…’23 games in seven loans – eight years’ DF finally leaves

Abdul Baba Rahman is finally leaving Chelsea.

Nizar Kinsella of the British publication ‘Evening Standard’ wrote on his social media page on Wednesday (June 3), “Baba Rahman is close to joining PAOK. Details are being discussed. Initially there is no transfer fee, but if PAOK qualify for European competition next season, Chelsea will receive an additional amount accordingly.”

The Ghanaian is a semi-related resource. As expected of an African, he is quite athletic and uses his pace and trickery to make an impact on the flanks. He is an aggressive player, and even when defending, he tends to use his body to make aggressive tackles rather than play intelligent defense, such as closing down space or cutting off passing routes.안전놀이터

After developing in his home league, he broke into the European scene in 2012. He spent the 2012-13 season with Greuther Fürth, making 20 league appearances, before moving to Augsburg for the 2014-15 season. He quickly established himself as a regular in the first team, providing five assists in 32 games, including cup competitions, which is typical of an attacking wing-back, and attracted interest from a number of clubs.

His move to Chelsea cost €26 million. That’s a lot of money, and Chelsea made the most of it.

However, he didn’t live up to expectations. In his first year, he started 23 games, including a cup competition, but only managed two assists. With his role diminishing, he went on loan to Schalke for the 2016-17 season. From then on, he was in a never-ending cycle of loan spells.

In total, he was loaned out seven times. From Schalke to Mallorca, Stade de Reims, PAOK, and Reading. In most of them, he failed to make an impact. In 2021-22, he was a regular at Reading, but his place in the Chelsea team was already taken.

He spent another season on loan at Reading in 2022-23, but returned to Chelsea at the end of the season. Unsurprisingly, few fans remembered him. Most fans expressed surprise that Baba Rahman was still at Chelsea.

Baba Rahman was nowhere to be found. He managed to escape Chelsea ahead of the new season. PAOK, who had signed him on loan for the 2020-21 season, pushed for a full transfer and negotiations quickly progressed.

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