, £58m star’s post-Southampton turmoil continues as Chelsea statement confirms new blow

£58m star’s post-Southampton turmoil continues as Chelsea statement confirms new blow

Southampton saw a number of high profile players depart the club after relegation from the Premier League and among them was midfield starlet Romeo Lavia.

Southampton only had Lavia on the books for a year after bringing him in from Manchester City. He quickly made a positive impact at St. Mary’s but was ultimately unable to save them from the drop to the Championship.

A well-documented transfer battle ensued, mainly involving Liverpool and Chelsea.

It was the latter who came out on top, signing the talented midfielder on a seven-year deal for a reported £58m. However, in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Lavia has endured a torrid time with injuries.

The 20-year-old has played just once for Chelsea amid persisting injuries.

Now, it has been confirmed that his post-Southampton struggles have extended. As announced on their official club website, Chelsea have said Lavia will not return before the end of the campaign following a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury.

It brings an end to a tough first season after leaving the Saints for Lavia.

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Lavia quickly cemented his place as one of the Premier League’s brightest prospects at Southampton. He put in a host of performances beyond his years with the club and made the transition from academy football to the senior game with ease.

That equips him well for a future at the top of the game. While the Saints would have hoped he would go from strength to strength in their colours, relegation from the Premier League opened the door for him to move elsewhere in order to remain in the top-flight.

It’s been a tough season at Chelsea for the player and after such a high-profile move, more would have been expected. However, with injuries wreaking havoc, there’s not been much Lavia has been able to do other than focus on his recovery.

There’s no doubt that the best is yet to come from Lavia. His breakthrough at Southampton was seriously impressive, so the hope will be that he can get back to his best once fully fit and remind everyone just why he was so highly-rated at St. Mary’s.

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