David Datro Fofana, who was on loan at Union Berlin for the entire season, has been recalled by Chelsea as of this winter. The 21-year-old striker has played 17 games in all competitions for the German side, including 11 starts, and scored 2 goals.
Fofana had a promising first half of the season in the Bundesliga, showcasing his speed and ability to dribble past defenders. His return to Chelsea is a surprise, especially as the English club is in the midst of a title race.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Ivorian is not expected to stay in London for long. He is expected to be loaned out again, to a Premier League club or another European league.
Chelsea could thus recoup a portion of the investment made in 2022, when the club paid 15 million euros to sign Fofana.
The reasons for Chelsea’s decision to recall Fofana are unclear. It is possible that the club is simply looking to add depth to its attacking options. However, it is also possible that the club is concerned about Fofana’s development. The Premier League is a more competitive league than the Bundesliga, and Fofana may need more time to adjust to the level of play.
Regardless of the reason for Chelsea’s decision, it is clear that Fofana’s future does not lie at Stamford Bridge. He is expected to be loaned out again in the near future.
🚨🔵 Chelsea have officially activated the recall clause for David Datro Fofana, as revealed last week.
…and he’s gonna leave the club again in January. pic.twitter.com/9LyigDVw0V
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 11, 2024