“Chelsea could lose top players due to lack of playing time” – Michael Essien

"Chelsea could lose top players due to lack of playing time" - Michael EssienGhanaian professional footablaller and former Chelsea star Michael Essien has fears that some senior players at Chelsea could leave due to limited playing time.

Striker Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses, and teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi and centre-back Andreas Christensen, are all said to be reconsidering their future at Stamford Bridge due to limited opportunities on the field.

Speaking to Express, Essien added that the current situation at Chelsea could force the good players out sooner.

“Every player wants to play,” Essien told the Express.

“Chelsea isn’t an easy place to come and the competition is very fierce.

“At the end of the day, all the players work but it’s the manager who will pick who he wants to play.

“When you’re not playing you get frustrated and you want to look elsewhere.

“It’s up to them really but they have to keep working and then everyone gets their chance.”

Essien spent nine years with Chelsea between 2005 and 2014. He won the UEfA Champions League title with the Blues in 2012.