Chelsea’s English Premier League top four hopes are alive again, and they can maintain their push when they welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Monday.

The rollercoaster ride that is the race for the top four took another twist at the weekend with defeats for Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Those sides’ losses have put Maurizio Sarri’s Blues right back in it with just four games left to play.

Ahead of the all-important clash with The Clarets, we look at three players that wore both the Chelsea and Burnley shirts throughout their respective careers.

Gary Cahill (Chelsea 2012-present, Burnley 2004-2005 on loan from Aston Villa)

Captain Gary Cahill may have to call time on his Blues career at the end of the season, but he will undoubtedly leave as a club legend.

Having started out life at Aston Villa, Cahill’s time there was scattered on loan before he moved to Bolton Wanderers in 2008.

That’s where he started to make a name for himself, as he cemented his name amongst some of the most promising defenders in the country.

Chelsea were so impressed by him, that after 130 domestic appearances and 13 goals, they signed the centre-back in January of 2012.

Within four months, Cahill found himself with an FA Cup winners’ medal and the UEFA Champions League trophy, an unbelievable achievement considering he was battling relegation with Bolton Wanderers beforehand.

The UEFA Europa League title came in the following season, followed by the English Premier League and League Cup in the 2014/2015 campaign. 

In just three years, Cahill became the quickest English Premier League player to win every single trophy available to him. Then came the chant, “He’s won it all.”

He captained his side to another English Premier League title in 2016/2017 as well as the FA Cup as the following season.

Unfortunately, after the arrival of Sarri, his game time has dropped dramatically and looks set to be on the way out at the end of the season. 

Despite Cahill’s critics over the years, there is no doubt regarding his status as a club legend.

Patrick Bamford (Chelsea 2012-2017, Burnley 2016-2017 on loan from Chelsea)

Not many Blues supporters will remember the services of Patrick Bamford. That’s probably because over the course of five years at the club, he did not make a single domestic appearance.

Instead, he spent his Chelsea career on loan to the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley before time for him at Stamford Bridge came to an end.

Bamford‘s time on loan at Burnley was supposed to be for the full season but was cut short after just six league appearances due to clashes with manager Sean Dyche.

The forward currently plies his trade with SkyBet Championship side Leeds United, where his fortunes have been on the rise.

Frank Sinclair (Chelsea 1990-1998, Burnley 2004-2007)

Frank Sinclair is a prominent figure within the club. 

Bleeding blue through and through, he started his youth career at Stamford Bridge in 1982 and made his professional debut in 1991.

Having been revolved around the first team in different positions during his early Blues career, it was his move to centre-back that cemented his place in the first team as he turned into a powerful defender.

Sinclair had his chances for silverware, but only won the FA Cup and the League Cup, and was not in the squad for their UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup triumph during his time in South West London.

After a spell with Leicester City, Sinclair joined Burnley in 2004 and immediately made an impression.

His presence in the heart of the defence was felt and was made club captain in 2005. 

He left Burnley for Huddersfield Town in 2007. That was after he made 92 domestic appearances for The Clarets.

Sinclair can often be seen back at his boyhood roots working on Chelsea TV.

By Darion Westwood

About Author

I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpentlandawaydayspcuk/

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