Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has the chance to come back and haunt Chelsea in tomorrow's Capital One Cup final, after a trial with the Blues as a teenager turned sour.
Eriksen arrived at Chelsea's training ground as a 14-year-old with immense raw potential, but despite enjoying two trial matches was deemed to be 'too weak' by academy staff in West London.
The Danish international is adamant he would have turned down Chelsea anyway, because Ajax was the right place to develop a talent which makes him one of the Premie League's stand-out playmakers heading into this weekend's Wembley showpiece.
Snub based on family ties
Eriksen shared some of the details of his Chelsea snub with the Daily Mail yesterday, explaining: ‘England was not my first choice at that age. I enjoyed myself but it was too big a step at that time.
"In England you can’t enter the training ground without permission whereas in Denmark you are free to go in. Ajax was a lot closer to home and it meant my mum could come over for my first month. It was an easy decision."
Spurs are reaping the rewards
Chelsea's loss was Ajax's and now Tottenham's gain, which makes the decision not to try and do more to make Eriksen a Blues player nine years ago look a pretty poor one.
This season Eriksen has showcased his skills, including a brilliant lack of scoring late goals just when Spurs need them most.
The 23-year-old has struck nine times in the Premier League, quite a haul for a player with who many of Europe's top clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, passed on when he decided it was time to leave Ajax two years ago.
Eriksen definitely has the ability to make Chelsea pay for their error when on song, so expect the clever midfielder to play a huge role at Wembley with the extra motivation of making those 'weak' assessments look flawed.
Chelsea fans, would Eriksen in the current team under Jose Mourinho? Should the Blues have done more to get the talented teenager in their academy a decade ago? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!