A Proper look at the Loan Army… Part 1

Chelsea arguably have one of the best academies in the world, and it defintely is at the top in England. So why has a youth player never PROPERLY made it at the Chelsea team since John Terry? Well, one reason many say is due to us constantly loaning out players who realistically are not going to get a chance at the club, ever. One thing important to note is if we were to get a transfer ban youth players may get more of a chance than ever. So I decided to have a look at every single Chelsea loanee (yes there are 41 of them!) and decide for myself whether they could make it in the Chelsea squad in the future.

Nathan Baxter:

Noy many Chelsea fans know about the goalkeeper, however he certainly has impressed many while at Yeovil Town. He has been at Chelsea since the age of 8, and the potential is there, but it will be interesting to see if he ever gets the chance at Chelsea. His decision to stay or leave the club may be related to the possibility of out-of-favour Goalkeeper Bulka.

Eduardo:

Eduardo has been a great service to the club, providing experience and help to the younger keepers over the last many years, however it would be a huge surprise to see him on the Chelsea team sheet ever again.

Bradley Collins:

Playing at Burton Albion, he also has some talent. Despite being behind Baxter through the ranks, he certainly has impressed people, especially when they faced Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final (yes it was a big score but he still made some great saves!) He also like Nathan Baxter may get one or two appearances in the future, but personally I believe it would be unlikely.

Jared Thompson:

Not many fans at all have heard of him, and including myself I hadn’t only until a couple days ago. Very unlikely to ever make it at the club in my opinion.

Karlo Ziger:

Although Ziger was meant to be on loan at Sutton United, he has featured in a couple of our Youth Games and has certainly impressed me a lot, especially with his reflexes. Possibly one to look out for- only at the age of 17.

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We bought the fullback alomst four years ago, and although he has impressed in some occasions I think it would be unlikely for him to make it at the club, despite his desire to! But, you never know with Alonso possibly leaving and if Emerson doesn’t fill his high potential soon.

Jake Clarke-Salter:

A very talented young player, who is currently on loan at Vitesse. Having been here since the age of 9, his talent is nonetheless great, however his discipline is something which could possibly hinder him.

Michael Hector:

Not much needs to be said, he probably will not make it at Chelsea.

Tomas Kalas:

Kalas has always been ‘here and there’, but his constant loans at the Championship do suggest that he won’t be at the top of the Premier League any time soon.

Todd Kane:

Like Michael Hector, I highly doubt he’ll make it at Chelsea.

Matt Miazga:

One of our panic signings a couple years ago. Again, he won’t make it at Chelsea.

Kurt Zouma:

Now the Frenchman is certainly debated over a lot. Personally, I think Zouma is good enough and has been sterotyped into not being able to play out of the back due to his loans at Stoke and Everton. When playing he has shown great charactersisitcs of a Centre-Back, especially against strong quick forwards. Him being called up for the upcoming France games over the likes of Manchester City’s Laporte shows enough for me.

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Kenneth Omeruo:

Who? Na, I’m joking. Confident that he won’t get a chance with the Blues, unfortunately.

Trevoh Chalobah:

This player is the last of the first part, and it certainly isn’t a bad one to end on. Brother of former academy player Nathaniel Chalobah, Trevoh has impressed at Ipswich and I am sure he will do in the future. Keep an eye on him because one or two good seasons on loan could impress the Chelsea staff.

That’s the end of Part 1, so stay tuned for the remaining defenders and some midfielders in Part 2. One thing as well to mention is that the staff deserve huge credit with what they are doing with the academy, and a special mention to Joe Edwards to whom I am talking to online.

@acparee

 

 

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