Chelsea defender Michael Hector had failed to find his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, with a potential switch to either Sheffield Wednesday or Fulham collapsing on deadline day. Still, he was able to find his exit from the Blues by arranging a January transfer to the latter at the Championship.
Although the 27-year-old was a Chelsea player since summer 2015, he never set foot on the pitch while donning our uniform in official matches. Instead, he added four seasons on loan at four different clubs in the four years he spent with us, taking his loan tally to 15 teams across 10 years as a professional player.
His last loan move was at Sheffield Wednesday, where he had a pretty solid year at the Championship last season. He was selected as the club’s Player of the Year by the fans, earning 42% of the votes.
While he was unable to complete his return to Hillsborough Stadium, Fulham were able to get his services for them — thus correcting the course after being thrown in distress by Tottenham and their shenanigans over Ryan Sessegnon.
Hector only had one year left on his Chelsea contract. But since he is officially moving to Fulham on January, we can only assume that the club got a fee, even if small, from his transfer. In the meantime, Hector will be training with the Cottagers, hoping to keep up his fitness in the run-up to half-season.
Goodbye, Big Hec!