Dauda: Chelsea links with Vitesse kept me out

Nigeria forward Abiola Dauda claims his lack of playing time at Vitesse Arnhem was because he had no links with Chelsea.

The English Premier League leaders are known for sending their promising youngsters and fringe players out on loan to the Eredivisie side in order to further their development.

But with Dauda having joined from Red Star Belgrade, he feels he suffered as a result and therefore did not feature more prominently.

After scoring 17 goals and registering seven assists for Red Star in the 2013/14 season, the 29-year-old arrived at Vitas with a reputation as a powerful centre forward.

But after three seasons, he only featured 30 times for the first-team and was often subjected to playing with the development side – where he continued his prolific form, scoring 19 goals in 24 games, before a loan spell at Scottish side Hearts and eventually a permanent transfer to Greek Super League side Atromitos.

"I do not know what happened, I was put off the squad. The close relationship of Vitesse with Chelsea might have been the cause," he told Contra.

"Often they bring players to Vitesse who need to participate in games. I certainly do not belong to Chelsea, so I was omitted. 

"Nobody came to tell me officially what happened. I became the last option in the offensive," he added. "I told my coach that I have to play, I am not happy on the bench and stands and they still used someone from Chelsea."

Dauda has now scored five goals in his first seven games for Atromitos in the Greek top-flight.