The 28 Chelsea players out on loan this season – and how they’re faring

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As we’ve learned in the last few years, Chelsea like a loan. And by that we mean they really, really, really like a loan.

The Blues have more players temporarily off their books than in their official Premier League squad, and some of them are likely to leave without playing a competitive minute for the club. That’s what has just happened with Michael Hector, sold at a profit to Fulham more than four years after joining the club from Reading.

In total, there are 28 Blues players out on loan in the 2019-20 season. Here’s how they’re all getting on.

Victor Moses

Moses was sent on loan to Fenerbahce in January 2019, with the deal running to the end of the 2019-20 season.

After the entire team disappointed last season, this year is going better with Fener in fourth but just six points off the top of the Super Lig table.

The Nigeria international hasn’t been heavily involved due to injury, playing just six times this term and finding the net once to add to his four goals last season.

Alvaro Morata

Another long-term loanee, Morata is in the midst of a second season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

He has nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season, the same number he managed in half a season for Chelsea last time around before moving to the Wanda Metropolitano in January.

Morata will make his move permanent in the summer, by which time he’ll hope Atleti are still in their current top-four berth in La Liga.

Nathan Baxter

After winning Yeovil Town’s Player of the Year award last season, Baxter has been loaned to Scottish top-flight club Ross County.

The goalkeeper started the season as back-up to Ross Laidlaw but has taken the starting spot of late and kept goal for the recent wins over Hibs and Kilmarnock which have helped keep County out of the relegation spots.

However, they do still have the worst defensive record in the Scottish Premiership with 42 goals conceded in 20 games.

Richard Nartey

Twenty-one-year-old defender Nartey has yet to make a senior Chelsea appearance but is finally getting a taste of first-team football with a move to Burton Albion.

He has played 24 times for the League One outfit, who currently sit in mid-table, and started their FA Cup third-round defeat to Northampton Town.

“He’s mature and composed – his composure is amazing – and he has formed a very good partnership with John-Joe O’Toole. They complement each other very well,” Brewers manager Nigel Clough said earlier in the season.

Mario Pasalic

After spending time on loan at the likes of Monaco and AC Milan earlier in his career, Croatian midfielder Pasalic is now thriving at Atalanta.

He scored five Serie A goals last season as the Italian club made the Champions League for the first time and added strikes against Manchester City and Shakhtar this season to help the Nerazzuri into the knockout stages.

Atalanta have an option to buy Pasalic permanently in the summer, potentially ending his Chelsea adventure with a grand total of 0 senior games in six years.

Charly Musonda

Many expected big things of Musonda when Chelsea fought to sign him and his brothers as teenagers, but it hasn’t really gone as planned.

The Belgian played seven games under Antonio Conte, including three in the league, but spent last season on loan at Vitesse after missing out on Maurizio Sarri’s Premier League squad.

He rejoined the Dutch club for 2019-20 despite barely featuring last season and has made just three appearances from the bench this time around.

Nathan

Signed in the same window as compatriot Kenedy, Nathan has yet to feature for Chelsea’s first team.

The Brazilian, who turns 24 this year, has spent time on loan in Portugal and the Netherlands, as well as a frustrating spell in France with Amiens.

He extended his loan at Atletico Mineiro until January, with the Brazilian season running on a different calendar to Europe, and there were suggestions earlier in the season that the Blues were prepared to part ways with him permanently if the right offer arrived.

Luke McCormick

Not to be confused with the veteran goalkeeper of the same name, McCormick is a 20-year-old midfielder with a few games under his belt for Chelsea’s youngsters in the Football League trophy.

He has played in the same competition this season for League One Shrewsbury but has only featured eight times for the Shrews in league and cup games.

McCormick returned to Chelsea in January for this reason but may well be sent back out on loan before the end of the window.

Ethan Ampadu

One of the most highly-rated members of the young loan contingent, Ampadu already has 12 senior Chelsea games to his name but has gone out to the Bundesliga in search of first-team football.

Unfortunately, loan side RB Leipzig are doing too well, topping the table and giving him few opportunities. Indeed, his only start has come in the Champions League, and he will hope to be involved against Tottenham in the second round.

With hopes of starting for Wales at Euro 2020, he’ll be desperate for more action in the second half of the campaign.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Centre-back Clarke-Salter impressed at Vitesse last season, playing 28 times in the Eredivisie.

It’s earned him a move closer to home in the 2019-20 season, at Championship side Birmingham City, but he has been in and out of the team at St Andrews.

The defender has played eight times in all competitions for the midlands side, scoring his first goal for them in a 1-1 draw with Millwall in November.

Matt Miazga

Miazga’s Chelsea debut under Guus Hiddink feels like a lifetime away, but he’s still on the club’s books.

The American defender moved to Reading on loan in January, helping them stay up in the Championship, and Royals boss Jose Gomes extended the deal for another year over the summer.

Gomes was dismissed in October but Miazga kept his place and scored the winner against Millwall in the first game under new boss Mark Bowen.

Lewis Baker

After a disappointing stint at Leeds at the start of last season, Baker bounced back at Reading.

This year, though, the England Under-21 midfielder has joined the growing number of British players to move to the Bundesliga, joining Fortuna Dusseldorf for the season.

The newly-promoted club have an option to make the move permanent in the summer, but with six defeats in Baker’s eight league appearances so far they may opt against it.

Dujon Sterling

Sterling has been rewarded for his solid form with Coventry last season with a season-long move to Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

The right-back will do well if he can get close to Reece James’ impact there last season, and early signs suggest he’s not quite there yet.

He has started seven games in the league as the Latics flirt with relegation for a second straight year and played 45 minutes in the FA Cup third round defeat to Leicester.

Conor Gallagher

Surrey-born midfielder Gallagher hasn’t travelled far for his loan move this season, joining Championship outfit Charlton Athletic.

For someone with no senior football to his name before this season, the 19-year-old has done remarkably well, scoring six goals in 25 games for the Addicks.

His form has seen him linked with a Premier League loan this month, but Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said he couldn’t envisage Chelsea recalling the youngster to send him out on loan elsewhere.

Ike Ugbo

Ugbo didn’t exactly tear things up in the English lower leagues, but he seems to have found his level in the Dutch second tier.

The 21-year-old striker has scored 10 goals in 19 games for Roda, more than he managed in 50 appearances for a variety of English clubs.

It’s still probably too much of a stretch to think this will prompt a chance at first-team football at Stamford Bridge, though.

Josh Grant

After playing for Yeovil during their 2018-19 relegation campaign, Grant is back in League Two with Plymouth Argyle.

Since making his debut in August, the defender has made more than 20 appearances for the Devon club, who currently sit in the play-off spots.

Pilgrims boss Ryan Lowe confirmed talks were ongoing over a permanent move, which could be sealed in the January window.

Jacob Maddox

After playing regularly for Cheltenham last season, Maddox’s loan move to Tranmere has been less productive.

His only games have been in the Football League Trophy, and the midfielder was sent back to Stamford Bridge in December.

“You don’t want people hanging around if you don’t think they’re going to be involved in what you’re doing,” Rovers boss Mickey Mellon said.

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater has traded a loan move to Burnley, an underperforming club who wear Claret and Blue, for a move to Aston Villa, a… ah you know where we’re going with this.

The England international (yeah, we know) played a grand total of 59 Premier League minutes for the Clarets, a figure you imagine he’ll top at Villa Park.

Could he play himself into contention for Euro 2020 with a strong second half to the campaign? No.

Trevoh Chalobah

Chalobah was one of the few bright sparks in Ipswich’s relegation from the Championship in 2019 and earned himself another second-tier switch with Huddersfield.

Despite manager Jan Siewert’s mid-season dismissal, the England Under-21 man has featured regularly for the Terriers.

The midfielder has scored once in 21 games, but Huddersfield remain in the relegation shake-up with 28 points from 26 games.

Izzy Brown

Brown is another with Huddersfield on his CV, having featured in their 2017 promotion campaign, but he’s now elsewhere in the Championship.

Luton Town came calling for the forward over the summer after he failed to break into Leeds’ team during an injury-hit loan spell last season.

He has scored just once this season but it was a big goal, the winner in a 2-1 victory over Charlton in November.

Davide Zappacosta

One of Chelsea’s many, many forgotten men, Zappacosta played just four league games last season before moving to Roma in August.

His loan spell in Italy hasn’t gone much better, with a 12-minute run-out against Genoa in August representing his only competitive minutes to date.

A torn cruciate ligament injury ended his season in October and put his longer-term future up in the air.

Juan Castillo

Four years after joining the Chelsea academy from Ajax, Castillo finds himself back in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands Under-20 international is playing for Jong Ajax, the Champions League semi-fiinalists’ effective B team, in the second tier of Dutch football.

He has played 16 times this season, alongside a couple of players who have already turned out for Ajax’s first team.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Another man to return to a former employer on loan, Bakayoko is back at Monaco after a disappointing Chelsea spell and a slightly less disappointing loan at AC Milan last year.

The Frenchman has spent a bit of his time partnering former Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas in midfield, playing 12 times in Ligue 1 and once in the French League Cup, but is yet to score in his second spell.

He may well end up making the move permanent in the summer, with Monaco holding an option on the player.

Danilo Pantic

A return to former club Partizan for the last two seasons had seen Serbian midfielder Pantic earn some much-needed game-time.

The 23-year-old had struggled for minutes on loan in the Netherlands after joining Chelsea as a teenager in 2015, but hit the 30-game mark in each of the last two campaigns.

This year sees him at Fehervar, who are looking to equal or better last season’s second-place finish in Hungary’s top flight. He has played eight times in the league but joined too late to feature in the unsuccessful Europa League qualifying campaign.

Baba Rahman

Rahman was another 2015 arrival, and at least he played some games for the Blues before jumping on the loan conveyor belt.

After spells at Schalke, Schalke again and Reims, the 2019-20 season brought the Ghanaian left-back to Real Mallorca for their first season back in La Liga after promotion.

The former Augsburg man managed just two games before suffering a knee injury in September but returned to action in December, playing 90 minutes against El Alamo in the Copa del Rey.

Kenedy

A mixed 18 months on loan at Newcastle still brought regular-ish minutes for Kenedy, but most of his games at Getafe this season have come from the bench.

The Brazilian has played 16 times, six from the starting line-up, scoring twice: a winner against Celta Vigo in the league and a Europa League strike in the 3-0 victory over Krasnodar.

Still not 24 until February, he still surely has a top-division future ahead of him, even if it’s not with Chelsea.

Lucas Piazon

Yup, he’s still officially a Chelsea player. Their longest serving outfield player, in fact, following the summer departure of Tomas Kalas.

Full list of clubs for whom Piazon has played since his Blues debut: Malaga, Vitesse, Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and now Rio Ave.

He has played three times for the Portuguese side, matching his Chelsea total.

Jamal Blackman

More than eight years after sitting on the bench for a famous 5-3 defeat at home to Arsenal, Blackman is still waiting for a Chelsea debut which might never arrive.

The goalkeeper spent the first half of last season on loan at Leeds, playing twice in the cup but seeing the move cut short due to a broken leg,

He joined Vitesse on loan in September, but hasn’t been near their first-team either.


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