The 32 Chelsea players out on loan this season hoping to catch Lampard’s eye
While Chelsea‘s loanees often disappeared into obscurity, Frank Lampard has shown that they now have a path into the first team.
The likes of Mason Mount and Reece James established themselves as first-team regulars at Stamford Bridge in 2019-20 after successful loan spells in previous seasons.
We’ve looked at the 32 players who are currently enjoying loan spells away from Stamford Bridge in 2020-21, hoping to catch their manager’s eye.
Undoubtedly talented, the career of Loftus-Cheek has been unfortunately hampered by a string of injuries.
Lampard started Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea’s first league game this season, but the midfielder failed to impress during the win at Brighton. Given the depth of options available to Lampard this season, it was subsequently decided that the England international should seek first-team football away from Stamford Bridge.
Fulham won the race for his services, and the 24-year-old made his debut during their draw at Sheffield United.
Remarkably still a Chelsea player, Piazon is currently on his seventh loan spell away from the club.
After turning out for *takes breath* Malaga, Vitesse Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham and Chievo, the Brazilian forward is currently playing in Portugal for Rio Ave.
Having joined the club in the summer of 2019, Piazon appeared in Rio Ave’s epic Europa League qualifier with Milan in August 2020, which ended in a shootout defeat featuring 24 penalties.
The Rio Ave vs. AC Milan penalty shoot-out was one of the craziest shoot-outs ever. And with the Milan commentary it's now the most entertaining. 😂
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 2, 2020
Pantic has been a Chelsea player since 2015 without having ever made a senior appearance for the club.
Having spent time on loan in Holland and Hungary, the midfielder is now at Cukaricki in his native Serbia.
The first of five goalkeepers on his list, Cummings is enjoying his first taste of first-team football at League Two Stevenage.
The 21-year-old has appeared in all the club’s eight league matches to date, keeping two clean sheets in that time.
The brother of Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, the Chelsea youngster has dipped his toes in foreign waters by joining French side Lorient on loan for the season.
Having spent previous spells at Ipswich and Huddersfield, where he appeared regularly, the switch to Ligue 1 gives Chalobah his first taste of top-flight football.
Another who’s failed to trouble the first team at Stamford Bridge, Ugbo is spending the year at Belgian side Cercle Brugge.
The forward scored 13 goals for Roda JC last season in the second tier of Dutch football.
Brown made his Chelsea debut during a 3-0 defeat at West Brom in 2015, having impressed Jose Mourinho sufficiently to be included in the first-team squad.
It remains his only Chelsea appearance to date. The attacking midfielder has toured the provinces of England with the same enthusiasm as Michael Portillo and this season will be undertaking his seventh loan spell away from Stamford Bridge.
This year, Sheffield Wednesday are the lucky recipients of Brown’s talents, where he has made four appearances for the Championship side to date.
The first Albanian to be signed by Chelsea, the Slough-born Broja is currently plying his trade at
Chelsea creche Dutch side Vitesse.
He made his Premier League debut as a substitute during the 4-0 win over Everton in 2019-20 and hopes are high that the forward will prove a useful addition to the Chelsea squad in future years.
At 26 years old, Blackman is not exactly considered a hot prospect anymore, although as a goalkeeper he at least has time on his side.
He currently finds himself out on loan at Rotherham United, which constitutes his eighth temporary departure from his parent club, appearing in all the Championship side’s games to date in the 2020-21 season.
Guehi made two League Cup appearances for Chelsea last season before spending the second half of the campaign on loan at Swansea City.
Having made 12 appearances for the Championship side last season, the 20-year-old defender rejoined the Swans for the current campaign.
Given Chelsea’s well-documented defensive problems, a good season in Wales could propel his long-term prospects under Lampard.
Sharman-Lowe recently signed for Chelsea from Burton Albion but will spend the current campaign back with the League One club.
Aged just 17, the goalkeeper has represented England at youth level.
The London-born midfielder moved to Accrington on a season-long-loan in September 2020. He’s already made six appearances for the club, scoring on his league debut at Peterborough.
One of the more well-known players on this list, Ampadu is already a regular in the Wales team and was part of the Leipzig side that knocked Tottenham out of last season’s Champions League.
Having made 12 career appearances for Chelsea, Ampadu will be looking to push on during his spell with Sheffield United. Many will be hoping some of Chris Wilder’s overlapping-magic will rub off on the youngster.
Shame he’s shaved his hair though.
What a transformation for Ethan Ampadu! 😎 pic.twitter.com/kS8dmApB8u
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 24, 2019
Kenedy made 14 league appearances for Chelsea as long ago as the 2015-16 season, even managing to notch one goal.
His Stamford Bridge career has stalled since then, with time spent on loan at Watford, Newcastle and Getafe. This season, the winger will be playing at Granada and has already made nine appearances for the La Liga side.
It may appear unlikely Kenedy will re-establish himself at Chelsea, but stranger things have happened.
Nicknamed ‘Batman’, the Belgium international is another whose longevity as a Chelsea player has not resulted in a successful career with the club.
Impressing in fits and starts, his record of 25 goals in 77 appearances is not terrible, but he has been an underwhelming signing at Stamford Bridge.
As a result, Batshuayi is spending the 2020-21 season back on loan at Crystal Palace, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2019.
He’s now 27 years old. Just sell him, lads.
Gallagher enjoyed successful loan spells in the Championship last season, first with Charlton and then at Swansea City.
This year, Gallagher will experience Premier League football for the first time with West Brom. The 20-year-old midfielder made his first league appearance during the Baggies 0-0 draw with Burnley in October 2020.
Baker has been at Chelsea since 2005 but – you’ll be surprised to hear – has only made a handful of appearances for the club.
Jose Mourinho insisted Baker – one of three prospects he tipped to play for England alongside Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke – be given a winner’s medal for his contribution to Chelsea’s 2014-15 Premier League success, but he has not played for the Blues since that season.
After loan spells with seven different clubs, Baker is playing in Turkey this season for Trabonzspor, where he has already made five league appearances.
One of Stamford Bridge’s forgotten men, Zappacosta spent last season on loan at Roma and will be playing in his native Italy for Genoa this campaign.
It seems a matter of when, not if, the full-back departs Chelsea on a permanent basis.
A young midfielder with a handful of career appearances, McCormick has headed to the West Country to spend the 2020-21 campaign with League One Bristol Rovers.
Having made four league appearances to date, McCormick seems to be resisting the temptation of indulging in local tipple Thatchers Gold.
The young American goalkeeper recently moved to National League South side Dartford.
He’s already spent half a season on loan at Tooting & Mitcham FC in 2019, so the experience of non-league football will not come as surprise to Wady.
Barkley’s career at Chelsea has been far from a disgrace. The midfielder once compared to Paul Gascoigne has scored 11 goals in 86 appearances since his move from Everton.
However, a nagging feeling that his face never truly fitted at Stamford Bridge has persisted, and Barkley has been sent on loan to Aston Villa until the end of the season.
He has already made an impact at Villa Park, scoring goals in wins over Liverpool and Leicester. Given the chance to play regular football, perhaps Barkley can re-establish himself in the England squad.
Russell is the second Chelsea player on loan at Accrington Stanley – maybe the infamous milk advert was played in the youth team dressing room one afternoon.
The box-to-box midfielder has a great eye for a pass and has scored one goal in four league appearances during his time in Lancashire so far.
Miazga made his Chelsea debut during a 4-0 win at Aston Villa in April 2016, impressing many onlookers. However, he was substituted during his next game and hasn’t troubled the first team since.
Loans at Vitesse (of course), Nantes and Reading have followed. This season, the USA international will be spending the year at Belgian giants Anderlecht, no doubt hoping to learn from club manager Vincent Kompany.
Bakayoko has seen his reputation fall since his performances at Monaco caused Chelsea to splash £40million on him in 2017, who has now been loaned out for three of his four seasons in west London.
Chelsea were only too happy to loan the French midfielder to Napoli for the season, with the Serie A side paying a £4.5million loan fee.
Tiemoue Bakayoko forgot what number he wears at Monaco 🤦♂️😂pic.twitter.com/p2LC9GYhSC
— Goal (@goal) December 8, 2019
Bought in August, loaned out in October – the Chelsea machine is nothing if not efficient.
Sarr does look a quality talent, and the young centre-back is spending the season at Porto. He’s only started one game to date, but the experience of playing European football should hold Sarr in good stead.
Yes, this is Josh’s younger brother.
Only 20-years-old, McEachran is currently exploring Holland, having spent last season at SC Cambuur, the midfielder will be playing for Maastricht this year.
McEachran was an unused substitute during the 2019 Europa League Final, so an eye-catching year in Holland will surely capture Lampard’s attention.
Marco van Ginkel
Van Ginkel joined Chelsea in 2013. Van Ginkel will turn 28 this December. Van Ginkel has not played for Chelsea since picking up an ACL injury during a League Cup tie at Swindon in the 2013-14 season.
Incredibly, Chelsea offered Van Ginkel a one-year contract extension this summer before allowing him to return to PSV, where the midfielder has been on loan since 2016.
There is undoubtedly talent there, but surely it’s best for all parties if Chelsea and Van Ginkel part ways.
A defender from the Netherlands, Castillo has been snapped up for a year’s stint with AZ.
The third Chelsea player spending the year in deepest Lancashire, goalkeeper Baxter has joined Accrington Stanley on loan.
He has yet to play for the League One side to date, but the 21-year-old impressed at Ross County last year and will be looking to force his way into first-team contention.
The young left-back, born when Will Young’s debut single was at number one in March 2002, made his Chelsea debut during a League Cup win over Grimsby last season.
Looking to secure more first-team football, Maatsen has made the move across London to Charlton Atheltic. He has made two League One appearances for the club to date.
Another forgotten man at Stamford Bridge, Moses’ performances at wing-back were instrumental to Chelsea’s last title win in 2017.
After reuniting with Antonio Conte during the back-end of last season at Inter Milan, Moses has moved to Russia to spend the year at Spartak Moscow. He notched his first goal for the club during their win at Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Krasnodar.
The young defender spent last season on loan at Birmingham City and impressed the Championship side sufficiently to return to St Andrew’s for this campaign.
Clarke-Salter made one league appearance for Chelsea back in 2016, after which John Terry praised his performance and attitude, saying he hoped that Clarke-Salter went on to replace him one day.
There’s still time for him to prove Terry right.