“I came here to play for Chelsea” – Brazilian may get his Premier League chance even if Blues

Lucas Piazon keeps the ball in play during the 3rd Round EFL Cup match between Fulham and Bristol City played at Craven Cottage, London on 21st September 2016
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Football - EFL Cup 2016/17
Third Round
Fulham v Bristol City
Craven Cottage, Stevenage Rd, London, United Kingdom
21 September 2016
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Fulham have just won the second leg of their playoff semi final against Derby 2-0, putting the Whites into the playoff final of the Championship.

Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon started that game on the bench, just as he did the first leg. He’s been an important player for two seasons in West London, with only a leg break stopping himself from really establishing himself.

Earlier this month SportWitness had quotes from the Brazilian where he made it clear that while he wanted to play for Chelsea, what mattered most was playing full stop.

“I came here in 2011 to play for Chelsea… My desire is to be playing. Go to a place where you do not play, stay on the bench, not being in the match-day squad, it’s not cool. I’m 24 years old and what matters is playing either in Fulham or elsewhere.”

It sounds like he’s pretty resigned to the fact that Chelsea is a distant dream for him now. And not starting in Fulham’s two biggest games of the season will hurt. But if the Whites make it through the playoff final back to the Premier League they will certainly want to keep players of Piazon’s quality around.

Whether he stays or goes is up to him.