Gaël Kakuta’s career, at 26 years of age, has been anything but conventional.
On loan at Amiens SC in France from Hebei China Fortune, the DR Congo international is currently playing for his 11th club, six of which came from his time at Chelsea, where he was loaned out on a yearly basis.
Making just 16 appearances for the Blues in eight years of being under contract at Stamford Bridge, the former France youth team starlet never made it, and, now more mature, he admits that’s partially his fault.
Speaking to Canal+ on Sunday, relayed by RMC Sport, he said: “I have to take some responsibility. A lack of work. Honestly, I was happy with what I knew. The club also have to take some of the blame. These are things that happen and they allowed me to grow. I was immature during a period where I should have been focused and continued to work hard”.
Fully analysing his time at Chelsea, the attacking midfielder knows exactly where he went wrong, and it’s something we see all too often in professional football.
He continued: “Honestly, for me, it was easy. It was too easy in training. I did things that other players couldn’t, and I thought that was enough. Since I felt it was easy, even with them, I told myself I would play at one point and never come out the team. But that’s not what happened”.
Returning to France has helped Kakuta enjoy football again, scoring five goals and helping out with four assists in 29 league appearances as Amiens currently sit 13th in Ligue 1, helped by a 3-0 win against Caen at the weekend.
Whether he stays there permanently beyond this season is another question altogether, but if the promoted side manage to stay up, they might end up with some extra funds to play around with.
That, or someone else in the league might be interested in what he could bring to them.