Forgotten Chelsea star has made two first-team appearances since signing in 2016

Forgotten Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has made just two first-team appearances since joining the club six-and-a-half years ago.

The Blues forked out £3.5million to sign the 26-year-old from New York Red Bulls in 2016 and it was clear they had high hopes for the young American. Miazga was included in the matchday squad for a Champions League match against PSG and watched from the sidelines as Chelsea were defeated 2-1 in the round of 16 first leg.

With John Terry and Gary Cahill the preferred centre-back pairing, Miazga found opportunities hard to come by during his opening few months at Stamford Bridge – though he would get the chance to impress towards the latter end of the season.

Starting alongside club captain Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of the defence, the centre-back kept a clean sheet on his debut as the Blues romped to a 4-0 victory at Villa Park.

Following an impressive first outing, interim manager Guus Hiddink saw no reason to alter the backline for the trip to Swansea City a week later. But 1-0 down at half-time, Miazga was substituted for Kenedy in what turned out to be his final showing for Chelsea.

The United States international spent the following season on loan at Eredivisie outfit Vitesse, aiding the Dutch club to their first major trophy with victory in the KNVB Cup final.

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Miazga returned for a second spell in Arnhem the following campaign and even captained the side in their final league match of the season but his two-year spell in the eastern Netherlands did not result in a permanent move.

He then joined Ligue 1 side Nantes on a season-long loan but just one win in eight starts saw him dropped to the bench – not helped by five successive yellow cards – and the move was cut short in the January transfer window.

Miazga opted to stay in England for his next spell away from Stamford Bridge, joining Reading in the second-tier just 40 miles down the road. He was once again shipped out at the start of the 2020/21 behind-closed-doors season, playing under newly-appointed Burnley manager Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht.

After penning a new contract at the start of the current campaign, he joined La Liga outfit Alaves, making just 12 appearances during the course of the season.

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