It’s been close to three months since the Dutchman returned to Stamford Bridge from a loan spell under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, a return that came after a string of mouthwatering performances for the cherries but is yet to start a single league game for the blues managing only two FA cup appearances.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had recalled Ake as an option for defensive cover to either David Luiz or Gary Cahill who have featured in all league games this season in a bid to cement Chelsea’s lead in the English top flight standings.

In recent weeks, transfer rumors have taken centre stage globally with Eden Hazard to Real Madrid headlining a string of reports that have suggested a potential deal for Southampton Defender Virgil van Dijk to Chelsea, a move which if true could spell more doom to the youngster’s Chelsea career where he is already struggling for game time.

The Dutchman needs to start weighing up his options for next season especially if he is to earn a call up to the Netherlands team for the World Cup next year, well, in case the Dutch manage to qualify however slim their chances seem momentarily or better yet, if he is to establish his career which beams with potential.

Former Chelsea midfielder, Marco van Ginkel has openly sympathized with Ake over his struggles to get first team action at the Stamford bridge after returning from a loan spell in January and believes that “”He returned to Chelsea and it was going well for him at Bournemouth. Perhaps I would have stayed there (at Bournemouth). The two have a close relationship and have shared a similar football path considering they both joined Chelsea from the Netherlands.

If anything, Ake’s statistics point out to a likely future star, in 10 appearances in which he started 8 times for Bournemouth, the Den Haag born man found the net thrice while managing to keep three clean sheets. At 22, Ake has already had loan spells at Watford, Reading and Bournemouth since joining Chelsea from Feyenoord as an exciting prospect in 2012.

With the only highlight of his Chelsea career coming from the call back by Conte as a plan B for the premiere league giants, a permanent move to Southampton should suffice considering the saints have an excellent track record of nurturing and developing future stars, while they also have consistently proven to be able to compete in the English league as well as showcase a decent brand of football.

The future is literally in his own feet