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When In Bed With Maradona graded Jeffrey Bruma's year, they gave him a D:
It seems the one-time ‘new JT’ has slipped way down the order and there is a question over whether he can ever be expected to climb back.
This year he has found himself in a similar position squad wise, his appearances coming as often from the bench as the starting line-up.
A specialist centre-back in name, his versatility might well be the thing that holds him back from becoming anything approaching brilliant.
As mentioned at Leicester he was moved to midfield, and during his time in Germany he has become a regular deputy at right-back.
It’s clear there’s a crossroads coming.
Chelsea seem unconvinced but open to a return, the player himself has reiterated he will not go back unless there are guarantees made about first team football.
What next Jeffrey? Decision time ahead, go somewhere and play your best position for a season or two—you won’t regret it
Why couldn't Chelsea buy someone like Marquinhos? Or, Dante?
Hopefully, Bruma's compatriot Nathan Aké (also a Feyenoord product ) can live up to the hype. If you think about it, Aké's path into the starting XI is clear.
David Luiz is such a liability at the back that he's best served as a midfielder.
Whenever Gary Cahill isn't utilised in a deep back line, he has been found wanting.
John Terry is no Paolo Maldini because the Englishman is a shadow of the version that played under José Mourinho.
Vitesse's centre-back pairing is Guram Kashia and Jan-Arie van der Heijden. But fear not, Blues loanee Tomás Kalas, a natural centre-back, has slotted in at right-back.
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has moved Nathaniel Chalobah, the reigning England Men's Youth Player of the Year, into midfield at Watford.
Obviously, Jeffrey doesn't have a future with the Blues, unless he does an "Andrea Barzagli," who went from error-prone flop at Wolfsburg to one of the world's best CBs with Juventus.
Given Bruma's contract ends in the summer of 2014, a decision will be made at the end of this season by Chelsea's brains trust; meaning Bruma better up his game if he wants to be a future Blues player.
Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne tore his ankle ligaments, so this is the chance for Jeffrey to cement a starting position with HSV.
In his most recent match, he made Srđan Lakić look like Mario Mandžukić—oh well, there's always next week.
In October 2011, I graded five of Bruma's games and gave him: D, F, A, F, D.
The summary is still applicable to the Chelsea loanee (via B/R): "Too slow physically and mentally. Not resilient enough. Consistently caught out of position. Doesn't seem to be good enough to play in the Bundesliga let alone play for Hamburg."
The most logical option for the Blues is to sell Jeffrey to Hamburg.
 Here's an observation I made in a recent article (via B/R):
For me, Feyenoord's academy is better than Ajax in recent memory (emphasis on the word recent, not saying historically).
Jordy Clasie (21), Tonny Vilhena (18), Bruno Martins Indi (20), Terence Kongolo (18) and Stefan de Vrij (21) are standouts.
Though I am bit hazy about De Vrij, but Clasie, Vilhena and BMI will be moving onto bigger and better things sooner rather than later.
If Kongolo can recover from his long-term injury, he could be a beast at the back.
The Varkenoord have also lost Kyle Ebecilio (18) to Arsenal, Nathan Aké (17) to Chelsea and Karim Rekik (18) to Manchester City.
Do you know which club Robin van Persie came from? Feyenoord.
Of the Dutch teenagers who dominated the 2011 U-17 Euros, six were with the Feyenoord academy.
UEFA.com's Golden Player Ebecilio was registered as a Gunner, but he's a Feyenoord boy, so technically it's seven Feyenoord talents compared to the two Ajax players (one was a backup keeper and the other a reserve forward).
Just wanted to highlight Feyenoord's academy because it doesn't receive the recognition it deserves outside of the Netherlands.
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