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He made his Champions League debut for Ancelotti's Chelsea and today he sleeps on the streets.

By Liam Styles

He made his Champions League debut for Ancelotti's Chelsea and today he sleeps on the streets.

He was a great promise of the Blues and today he has nowhere to live or have a place to really call home.

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The misfortune of some former players is quite painful. Those who have been lucky have been able to invest their money in business or land. But the other side of the coin is a man who could have starred for Chelsea.

Jacob Mellis was 16 when he joined the Blues in 2007. He was sent to Ligue One with Southampton and started to get some playing time, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Back at Stamford Bridge, the defensive midfielder was hoping for a chance in a team with world-class stars such as Didier Drogba, David Luiz and Ashley Cole, managed by the great Carlo Ancelotti.

He touched glory for one minute in 2010, when he came on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match against MSK Zilina. It was his only real involvement with the Blue. His career fell into a vortex of addictions and missteps. He retired with a knee injury that kept him off the pitch and exacerbated his drinking problem.

Mellis and his homelessness.

Today, Jacob Mellis has no home, car or place to sleep. Sometimes some of his friends take pity on him and let him sleep at their homes. But he has started to come to his senses and has been seeking help from professionals and learning from his mistakes.


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