Manchester City played out an exciting 1-1 draw with Atalanta this evening in a game which should also have been of notice to Chelsea fans.
The Italian side fought back from 1-0 down in the game with Mario Pasalic scoring the crucial equaliser.
Of course, Pasalic is a Chelsea player, but fans at Stamford Bridge would be forgiven for not realising.
The Croatian international was signed in 2014 for a reported £3 million. However, like many others, he has never played for the club. Instead, he has been one out on loan ever since.
Pasalic has spent time with Elche, Monaco, AC Milan, and Spartak Moscow before signing for Atalanta last summer. After a successful first season with the Serie A side he signed a new contract at Chelsea and was loaned back out to the Bergamo side.
He has been in fine form for Atalanta, helping them qualify for the Champions League for the first time last season and is surely a player on Frank Lampard’s radar.
As reported by the Daily Mail in 2014, Pasalic is, in fact, a huge fan of Lampard, calling the former England international his ‘favourite player’ and he certainly shares some traits as the Chelsea legend.
With Lampard clearly willing to give perennial loanees a chance at Stamford Bridge perhaps Pasalic can eventually find his way into the team under his management.
These Chelsea fans are certainly of the opinion that he has a chance.
Chelsea lad Pasalic with a goal against City😍
— Airon. (@Rationings) November 6, 2019
I bloody hope Chelsea saw that Pasalic goal. What a bullet header.
It is shocking that he’s not played for Chelsea yet. But he is playing Champions League football, scoring and had been so important for them.
— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) November 6, 2019
Pasalic is a talent. Knows how to dèfend and also play key passes. I will campaign for these guy return to chelsea. Better player than barkley.
— Babatunde rasak (@rasak_babatunde) November 6, 2019
Pasalic is really balling. can’t believe this is also one of our players.
Chelsea is so bless.
— Dr. Kelvin Oghene-Ogaga O 🇳🇬 (@Gagulus) November 6, 2019
Not sure how Chelsea haven’t recalled Pasalic. Tall center mid, hasn’t had a terrible loan spell. Worth having him around.
— Eric (@eric___OB) November 6, 2019
Mario Pasalic is a Chelsea player.
— Tlhogi (@TlhogiMr) November 6, 2019
— Chinedu (@edu4chelsea) November 6, 2019
Hope lampard is watching Pasalic 🔥🔥
— N’Golo Kante Diroba (@KeIebogile) November 6, 2019