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Profit Players: Chelsea and Papy Djilobodji

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Chelsea decided to part with a rather small £2.7m transfer fee with Nantes for Senegal international Papy Djilobodji back in 2015 as they looked for defensive reinforcements, as per a report by The Guardian.

However, what happened in regards to the centre-back might not have been something that many would have been able to foresee.

He made just one competitive appearance for the Blues under Jose Mourinho – which lasted a whopping one minute against Walsall in the League Cup – before being sent out on loan to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for the remainder of the campaign.

He was competing with the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill (as per TransferMarkt) in SW6 for the six months he had in the capital, which would surely have been a reason as to why his match time was so limited.

In fact, that one minute that he made appeared to bank Chelsea an impressive £5.3m profit, as the Stamford Bridge outfit sold him to fellow Premier League side Sunderland for £8m in 2016 and managed to dodge a potentially huge bullet with the player.

Djilobodji made a reputation for himself whilst in Wearside, although it was not one that did him any favours, particularly within English football.

The former Senegal international was sacked by the Black Cats last summer after infamously failing to show up to the club’s pre-season training regime on time, before going on to fail a fitness test ahead of that year’s League One campaign (per The Guardian).

Surprisingly, the now 30-year-old did not have the worst of seasons with Sunderland while they fought for Premier League safety, although things clearly did not work out for him at the Stadium of Light.

According to data collected by WhoScored, Djilobodji managed to achieve a rather impressive feat of 1.4 tackles, three clearances and 9.2 clearances per game in his 18 top flight appearances for the Black Cats.

However, ever since his infamous bust-up with Sunderland, things have not gone well for the Senegalese defender as he has become a journeyman of sorts.

The 30-year-old spent a season on loan at Dijon before seeing his contract terminated by the Wearsiders, then had a six-month spell with Guingamp, although that ended badly as he was suspended for six matches in January after kicking Pablo Chavarria in the nose and breaking it (BBC).

Djilobodji is now giving Turkey a crack with Super Lig outfit Gazişehir Gaziantep, where he has since gone on to make six appearances so far (TransferMarkt).

Chelsea somehow managed to make a rather big profit on a player that only every saw one minute of action for them, making this something of a brilliant piece of business – even if it did not work out as well as many may have envisioned on the pitch.

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Profit Players: Chelsea and Papy Djilobodji
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