Wayne Bridge: Chelsea Deal Shows His Commitment


Scolari might not have been with us long, but with previous ‘wantaways’ having changes of heart and new deals being signed, it looks like he wants to get stuck in and steady the good ship Chelsea as soon as possible.

At the end of last season, having made only 19 club appearances and starting a mere nine games for Chelsea, Wayne Bridge looked a certain departure and I don’t think there’s a supporter amongst us who’d have begrudged him that. Since joining the club in July 2003, Bridge has become a firm favourite, with staff, team mates and supporters and the new Chelsea boss couldn’t have put the signing of a new four-year deal any better when he said “I am very pleased for Wayne that he has committed his future to Chelsea. I have been here only a few days but I have seen that he is one of the best professionals at the club.”

Despite rumours in the press linking Bridge to a move to Portsmouth, it was revealed yesterday that the England left-back was so determined to continue his battle for a place with Ashley Cole, that he actually signed the deal before Scolari arrived at the club and the fact that Scolari has also stated “I very much like his (Bridge’s) playing style” must give him renewed vigour for the fight.

The 27 year old defender has made only 130 appearances since joining Chelsea from Southampton in 2003 and for a player of his quality you’d have to argue that that’s not enough. Initially a regular starter for us on signing, Bridge scored the winning goal against Arsenal in the 88th minute of the Champions League quarter-final in 2003-2004, not only sending us into the semi-final and ending an 18 game winless run against the gooners, but also becoming a firm favourite with the fans. However, a nasty injury at St James Park in 2005 and the signing of the much less efficient Asier Del Horno saw Bridge struggle for a place during the first half of the 2005-2006 season, so much so, that in January 2006 he joined Fulham on loan. Personally, I’d have sent Del Horno to Craven Cottage instead but there you go.

Anyway, back to the present, happier times, and the announcement of this new deal has had Kenyon crowing “He (Wayne) is a key member of the squad and we are fortunate at Chelsea that we have the two best left-backs in England. That is a source of pride to us. Wayne’s new deal also underlines the club’s commitment to maintaining a strong English core to our squad”. I wonder if he emailed Blatter and Platini? And as for Wayne himself, the very loyal, yet honest Chelsea man says “I’m just happy. I love it here, all the lads, staff, everything so I’m happy to be here hopefully for the four years.”

It’s great to have you here Wayne.


2 Responses

  1. Great news he’s “commiting” himself to a new deal. *cough*

    I’ve always rated Bridge and feel we should utilise his attacking ability more in games.

  2. I think he was just being realistic and unlike a fellow team mate – honest. To stick it out after the limited opportunities he gets, shows his commitment. I think all he’s saying is he’s prepared to give it another go, hopes it works and he can stay for four years, but if not, he’ll need to move on – fair play to him.

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