Graeme Le Saux

Graeme Le Saux is a rarity among Chelsea players as he is the only one to have left the club, returned, and have enjoyed a more successful career the second time around.

Le Saux was signed as an 18-year-old from a junior club in Jersey in 1987 and had to wait until the last game of the Second Division Championship winning season of 1988/89 to make his league debut.

Over the next four seasons Graeme became a regular in the first-team squad but his versatility meant that he was unable to command a permanent place in one particular position. After being substituted in a December 1992 game against Southampton he threw his shirt down in protest at the decision by manager Ian Porterfield and stormed out of the ground. Three months later he was transferred to Blackburn for an absurdly low fee of £700,000.

At Blackburn though, Le Saux's career flourished. He gained a Championship winners' medal and became an England regular. Still, it was something of a surprise when he returned to Chelsea in 1997 for £5m, a record for an English defender.

It was a different Chelsea now, and a more mature Le Saux. He stayed at the club for a further six years and was a vital part of the team that won the League Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and FA Cup between 1998 and 2000, although sadly, he was injured for the last two of those finals.

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