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Chelsea left-back growing frustrated by lack of playing time

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Brought from German club Augsburg to provide cover and competition for Chelsea fullback César Azpilicueta, Baba Rahman's spell at Stamford Bridge hasn't paid off yet. Baba's last appearance for the team came under José Mourinho against Bournemoth back in December, and the player is understandably frustrated by his lack of playing time.

"Of course it's frustrating for any footballer to sit in the stands. It's not something I've experienced a lot of. As a young player you have to get used to it, and I have to get accustomed to life at a big club and this world-class league."

-Baba Rahman; Source: Bild via Football365

But even though Baba is finding himself in a place he's not used to, he's confident that the second half of the season for him will be much better than the first one in regards to getting minutes on the pitch.

"In my view, the first half year was quite okay. But in the second half I will definitely play more. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world."

-Baba Rahman; Source: Bild via Football365

Baba could have had a way out of the club to get first-team minutes by leaving the team on loan, but this doesn't seem to be the plan according to his own agent.

"There is nothing lined up for now. He is certainly going to stay at Chelsea."

-Kurt Okraku, Baba's agent; Source: Radio Gold via talkSPORT

All of our fullbacks had a rough start to the season, with Branislav Ivanovic and César Azpilicueta being far off the form that put them as one of the best tandems of the Premier League last year. Baba Rahman himself also had a rough time adapting to the Premier League, the Capital One Cup tie against Stoke City being one glaring example.

With Ivanovic seemingly deserving a new contract and Azpilicueta returning to his previous self game by game, it's hard to see Baba breaking into the first-team any time soon. It might be wise for the club - and the player - to see Baba getting minutes under his belt somewhere else.