To round up the 2012-13 youth football season at Chelsea, we’re reviewing every single one of the Chelsea youngsters currently on the books who have spent time out on loan during the campaign. Here, we focus on Ulises Dávila.
Club: Sabadell (Spain)
Appearances: 36 (5 goals)
In his second year as a Chelsea player, Mexican winger Dávila finally started to gain some traction in his career and enjoyed a productive and overall solid season on loan at Spanish Second Division outfit Sabadell.
Having spent the previous campaign at Vitesse Arnhem, where he struggled to get regular first team minutes, the decision was taken to move him to a more suitable culture and playing style, and an opportunity to play regularly was found at a small club in Catalunya; one which had struggled to avoid relegation last season and figured to do so again this time around.
It was therefore a nice surprise to see Dávila play a part in an impressive season which saw the Harlequinistas make a push for a promotion playoff place, and whilst their small squad ultimately saw them tail off, it was very much better than expected. Dávila scored five goals and played very well on occasion, flashing the talent which saw Chelsea sign him to a long-term deal in 2011 from Mexican club Guadalajara.
The cynical view of Dávila’s Chelsea career might be to suggest that he was primarily a signing made to increase the blue influence In Mexico, because whilst he is a decent player, he’s some way off the likes of Hazard, Mata and Oscar and at 22 doesn’t have the age curve on his side either. Nonetheless, an opportunity was there to procure a promising talent and now being better than he was when he joined, there’s a profit to be made if he never turns out at Stamford Bridge.
He would like to remain in Spain next season, and having done well in the second tier, the aim should be to play La Liga football going forward. Whether that’s as a Chelsea player or not remains to be seen.