Arriving in the same transfer window as the exciting Juan Mata and promising Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu was overlooked by supporters when he joined Chelsea back in 2011.
Despite being dubbed as the new Sergio Busquets, the 27-year-old was not a signing who had those in SW6 jumping for joy once he arrived from Barcelona.
That, however, did not stop Romeu from going about his business – and particularly well some might add.
In the appearances he did make under Andre Villas-Boas in the earlier part of the 2011/12 season, the Spaniard showed a lot of promise.
From that holding midfield position, Romeu won back possession well before finding a team-mate in a way you would expect any La Masia graduate to.
Overall, Romeu’s debut campaign in England was a solid one; he was part of a squad that went on to win both the FA Cup and Champions League.
And from a personal point of view, he got a relatively fair amount of game time for a 21-year-old who had just arrived and was competing against some very good midfielders.
Unfortunately for the former Barcelona man, though, he was unable to kick on. And after some mixed loan spells at Valencia and VfB Stuttgart, his career started to look like it was heading in the wrong direction.
Now at Southampton, after that bright start to life in a blue shirt, Romeu will be thinking things could have gone down so differently.
That being said, he can still be pleased with what he has managed to achieve at St. Mary’s.
Since joining Southampton, Romeu has probably been one of the most consistent defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
Bar a rough patch under Mark Hughes, the Catalonia international has usually been a reliable individual in the middle of the park for the Saints, something that he is now beginning to show again following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s appointment.
While things did not completely work out at Chelsea, thanks to Southampton, Romeu is now living the Premier League dream many footballers long for.
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