Chelsea are renowned for sending an army of young players out on loan every season, and we’ve caught up with how this campaign’s loanees are faring at their respective clubs.
Kurt Zouma, Tommy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are high-profile examples in the Premier League, but the Blues have also sent players to as far and wide as the sixth tier of English football to the Mexican second division.
Tammy Abraham – Swansea City
On the brink of an England debut having scored over half of Swansea’s goals in the Premier League. One of the success stories so far.
Ola Aina – Hull City
Fifteen appearances for the Tigers and an international debut for Nigeria. As noted by the Hull Daily Mail last month: “He gets forward at every opportunity, like modern fullbacks tend to do, and on the ball he looks the part. However, where he lets himself down is his defensive work.”
Bekanty Victorien Angban – Waasland-Beveren
The 21-year-old midfielder already has six Ivory Coast caps to his name. It has taken three months to make more appearances for Beveren than he did on loan at Granada last term.
Lewis Baker – Middlesbrough
Has not appeared in the Championship since an 11-minute cameo in September and has failed to make Garry Monk’s matchday squad for the last four fixtures. It’s not going well.
Nathan Baxter – Woking
Three clean sheets in 18 appearances in the National League for the 19-year-old goalkeeper, helping Woking to eighth place.
Jamal Blackman – Sheffield United
There were fears the stopper may have broken his back following an injury at QPR last month, but he is back in contention after playing in 15 of the Blades’ 16 Championship fixtures this term, keeping five clean sheets.
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Jeremie Boga – Birmingham City
Started Chelsea’s opening match of the season but lasted 18 minutes before being sacrificed due to Gary Cahill’s red card. The attacker has yet to score or assist at Birmingham.
Isaiah Brown – Brighton & Hove Albion
Brown signed a new four-year deal at Chelsea before being loaned out. It’s probably not a good sign that his only 90 minutes so far this season have come in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Charlie Colkett – Vitesse
We’re staggered it has taken this long to get to a player at Vitesse. The midfielder was possibly hoping for more than one start and five sub appearances.
Bradley Collins – Forest Green Rovers
The goalkeeper was accused of spitting at Lincoln defender Sean Raggett in September before being cleared of any wrongdoing by the FA.
Fankaty Dabo – Vitesse
Faring much better than Colkett in the Netherlands, starting all 11 Eredivisie fixtures as well as four matches in the Europa League.
Jay Dasilva – Charlton Athletic
The eldest of three brothers to leave Luton for Chelsea, the left-back is earning plenty of game-time at Charlton and was recently compared to Ashley Cole, Kenny Sansom and Nigel Winterburn by the Daily Mail so he is almost certainly going to play for England. Probably.
Michael Hector – Hull City
Surely one of the most bizarre signings of all time? Hector had been loaned out 11 times by Reading before joining Chelsea. He is now onto his third loan spell since joining the Blues, becoming a mainstay of a Hull defence which has conceded the second most goals in the Championship.
Jordan Houghton – Doncaster Rovers
Nine League One starts for struggling Doncaster at the age of 22 suggests it’s probably isn’t going to happen for Houghton at Stamford Bridge.
Tomas Kalas – Fulham
Jose Mourinho described Kalas’ Chelsea debut in the infamous 2-0 win at Anfield as “beautiful”, but the defender has played only three more times for the Blues. The highlight of his second loan spell at Fulham came as he was sent off after just 39 seconds against Reading.
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Todd Kane – FC Groningen
Remarkably still technically a Chelsea player. Remarkably almost found himself on the bench in the Championship. Unremarkably has made six league appearances for struggling Groningen.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Crystal Palace
One of the positives in what has been a pretty bleak season at Selhurst Park, working his way into the England squad.
Matt Miazga – Vitesse
Out in the Netherlands with the lads, and surely up there with Hector in terms of strange signings. However, he defender has featured in the Eredivisie Team of the Week three times this term.
Mason Mount – Vitesse
F*cking hell, they send a lot of players to Vitesse. Two goals in six league outings plus four Europa League appearances suggest it should be a worthwhile experience for the 18-year-old at least.
Nathan – Amiens
A total of nine minutes in Ligue 1. One start in the French Cup. Amiens are 17th. It’s not promising.
Kenneth Omeruo – Kasimpasa
May 2017: Omeruo says he is frustrated at being constantly loaned out by Chelsea.
August 2017: Omeruo signs a new Chelsea deal and leaves on loan for the fifth time.
Thirty-one caps for Nigeria, but yet to appear for the Blues. Seven matches in the Turkish Super Lig this season, though.
Kasey Palmer – Huddersfield Town
Made three Premier League appearances as Huddersfield made a bright start to the season, but a hamstring injury has seen the midfielder sidelined for the past two months.
Danilo Pantic – Partizan Belgrade
Back at Partizan, from whom Chelsea signed the attacker from, where he has scored two goals and registered two assists while also gaining experience in Europe.
Mario Pasalic – Spartak Moscow
The midfielder has been sent on loan to Monaco, Milan and now Spartak Moscow since signing for Chelsea. Pasalic now has Champions League and international experience on his CV, plus a new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge, but we’ve been here before…
Lucas Piazon – Fulham
Another player you can’t believe is still technically a Chelsea player. Piazon scored in his first two appearances of the season before breaking his leg at Leeds in August.
Josimaar Quintero – FK Rostov
An Ecuadorian former Barcelona youth product who rejected Tottenham and Arsenal to join Chelsea and now finds himself on loan in Russia. He has played 23 minutes of senior football.
Joao Rodriguez – Tampico Madero
Chelsea really do own a staggering number of players which you’ve never actually heard of. Columbian attacker Rodriguez is now onto his eighth loan spell, though he recently scored his first goal for three years – albeit in Mexico’s second tier.
Jared Thompson – Chippenham Town
Jared Thompson of Chippenham really does sound like an Australian fast bowler playing club cricket. He is in fact a goalkeeper plying his trade in the sixth tier of English football.
Fikayo Tomori – Hull City
Completing the triumvirate of loanees at Hull, Tomori’s sixth start for the Tigers at the weekend was followed by the assessment “Tomori was part of a defence that wilted in alarming fashion” by the local press.
Chelsea have three defenders on loan at Hull. They have conceded the second-most goals in the Championship.
Marco Van Ginkel – PSV Eindhoven
Quickly becoming the new Marko Marin, Van Ginkel seems to match a good pedigree with complete indifference. The midfielder’s exceptional record at PSV now reads 22 goals in 44 matches.
Ike Ugbo – Barnsley
In and out of Barnsley’s team but two goals and an assist represents an encouraging start for the 19-year-old football in his first taste of senior football.
Charlie Wakefield – Stevenage
The 19-year-old right-back has not played a single minute of football for Stevenage, who are 11th in League Two.
Kurt Zouma – Stoke City
He’s impressed on the whole, but Stoke have conceded the joint second most goals in the Premier League. It’s looking like the right decision from Antonio Conte – Zouma needs a season of playing regularly elsewhere before he can be considered Chelsea standard.
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