Monday, November 12, 2018

Will Chelsea’s loan stars ever play in the Blues first-team?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 10 Nov 2017

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Chelsea seems to have been stockpiling talented players now for close to a decade. The Blues bring in many talented young players and then send them out on-loan to gain experience.

A loan move is supposed to increase the player’s experience and help his development. However, Chelsea have used it more like a shop window for the players to attract new owners and the club to earn decent transfer fees.

Hardly any young players who have been sent out on loan have come back to the south west London club and broken into the team on a regular basis.

The exception to that scenario seems to be highly-rated young defender Andreas Christensen. The Danish star has regularly featured in Chelsea’s recent games.

The 21-year-old had previously built up a massive reputation for himself in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach during a two-year loan spell.  However, chances for youngsters at Chelsea are few and far between.

Youngsters impressing on-loan elsewhere

Chelsea has too many players out on-loan to talk about in one article. However, two examples of young Chelsea loanees are Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham.

Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, while Abraham is plying his trade in south Wales with Swansea. Both players have impressed at their respective temporarily clubs.

In fact, both players did enough to earn maiden international call-ups for England for friendlies against Germany and Brazil. The call-ups to the England squad was aided by a number of players pulling out of the squad. However, they have still impressed in the Premier League.

The pair could start tonight’s game against Germany and Abraham is odds of 9/4 to score on his international debut.

Can the pair make it at Chelsea?

Abraham and Loftus-Cheek may be impressing with their temporary clubs. However, can they make it into the first team of their parent club?

Recent history suggests that they will not. The likes of Nathanial Chalobah, Nathan Ake, Dominic Solanke and Bertrand Traore have all had to move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer in an attempt to play more first-team football.

A more spectacular example of Chelsea not giving youngsters a chance lies with some of the top players in the Premier League. Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku are all Chelsea rejects.

All three players were sold-off, as at the time they were not good enough for Chelsea. Yet, here the trio are in their mid-twenties and they are three of the best players in the Premier League.

No doubt, the majority of people connected with the Blues lament the sale of the trio, even if some Chelsea fans did not want Lukaku to return to the club in the summer. For Abraham and Loftus-Cheek, these are cautionary tales.

Chelsea can afford to buy players for vast amounts of money. However, they have now also established a very profitable business in signing highly rated youngsters and selling them on at a profit.

Abraham and Loftus-Cheek will have successful careers

Although both Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are highly rated at Chelsea, there is no guarantee that they will remain with the Premier League champions.

The pair are just starting their careers. They have already shown promising signs during their loan spells that they can make it in the Premier League. Whether they stay at Chelsea or not, the signs are that both players will enjoy successful football careers.

If they are sold on in the next few years, they may just come back to haunt the Blues, just as the sales of De Bruyne, Salah and Lukaku have in recent times.

Will Abraham and Loftus-Cheek ever be regulars in the Chelsea first team?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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