Malang Sarr joined Chelsea instead of West Ham from Nice on a free transfer in the summer of 2020.
At the time, Sarr’s decision was an understandable one.
Chelsea were challenging for the top four and the Champions League. Meanwhile, West Ham had just barely avoided relegation.
The French centre-back may well now be questioning the wisdom behind joining the Blues, however.
Will Malang Sarr regret joining Chelsea instead of West Ham?
It is clear that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel isn’t quite convinced about the 22-year-old’s quality.
That’s in spite of a fine loan spell with Porto last season.
Chelsea chased Sevilla ace Jules Kounde throughout the entirety of the summer transfer window (The Express).
The west London outfit missed out on the French centre-back but their fierce pursuit of him surely indicates that they will try again in January or next summer.
Chelsea sold Kurt Zouma to West Ham and even without him and taking the failed swoop for Kounde into account, Sarr is still behind Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Cezar Azpilicueta in the centre-back pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
If he can’t get a game now for Chelsea it will be a big hint that his future lies elsewhere.
Here’s a glimpse of what Sarr is all about:
He’s only 22. Perhaps he would have been better joining West Ham last summer after all. He has plenty of time left ahead of him and could have established himself as a first-team regular for the Hammers for a few years before then getting a move to one of the continent’s elite clubs.
Instead, it feels like Sarr has somewhat wasted the last 14 months.
This all may change of course and Tuchel could decide to use him regularly between and the January transfer window. That is highly unlikely, however.
And if he fails to get any game-time, then who knows? Perhaps West Ham could have another crack at signing him in January.