Aside from the relentless success that Chelsea have had in the 21st century despite constant changes in management and coaching, they are well known for nurturing young talents and having a long list of loan players. They have one of the best academies in England and have discovered and developed many young talents from England and abroad.
They follow a method that has generally paid off in the long run by filtering out future stars or selling them for a good margin. These are long loan periods for young people that give them the desired experience and at the same time have them under contract. And by generating a winning culture at the club, Roman Abramovich has ensured that the players have a reason to prove themselves at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea loaned more than 30 players last season, including some upcoming stars like Ethan Ampadu and Malang Sarr, along with some former unused first-team names like Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi. With the Chelsea squad brimming with young and talented players like Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, there isn’t much room for new faces to come in. FootTheBall, have analyzed the situation of the 15 best borrowers and what Chelsea must decide for its future: sell, loan or keep.
Jamal Blackman; Age – 27
The English goalkeeper joined the ranks of Chelsea and signed his first professional contract in 2012. His first loan came in 2014 and since then he has been on loan eight different times in the past seven years.
He has not yet appeared with Chelsea and with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga already fighting for the starting position, there is no place for him in the squad, neither in the present nor in the future. However, he was part of their Champions League and Europa League winning team in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Kenedy; Age – 25
The Brazilian winger was considered a great prospect when playing for Fluminese, but failed to live up to expectations when he was bought by Chelsea in 2015.
He’s been on loan five times in six years and could only handle 15 appearances for the Blues in six years, mostly as a backup in cup games. The player can still find suitors considering he is only 25 years old and it will be the best decision for both parties to transfer him.
Michy Batshuayi; Age – 27
The Belgian international had a chance to prove himself for the London club, but was unable to do so in the first two seasons. As a result, he was loaned out to BVB in 2018 for a brief stint where he impressed with eight goals in 10 games, but it wasn’t enough. He then went to Valencia and then Crystal Palace for the last two seasons.
At 27, it doesn’t seem likely that he will have more first-team opportunities for Chelsea with so many young attackers already established in the squad. And there are also rumors that they will try to sign Erling Haaland this year.
Lewis Baker; Age – 26
Baker has been with the club for 16 years, starting at the youth squad and progressing through the ranks to join the first-team squad at 18. He made no appearances with the club and was loaned out in 2015. He has spent his years on loan. since then.
After so many years, the midfielder has yet to make a mark for Chelsea and it is potentially time for him to move on and find a new club that he can represent. Chelsea won’t mind re-lending him considering he’s a homegrown talent, but that might not be the best for the player.
Davide Zappacosta; Age – 29
Zappacosta was hired by Chelsea at the age of 25 as an alternative right-back in 2017, he had spent his time in the Italian top flight. He won the FA Cup and the Europa League with Chelsea in his first two seasons before being loaned to Roma.
He also spent the last season in Italy, with Genoa on loan throughout the season and also scored four goals. But with the rise of Reece James alongside the experienced Cesar Azpilicueta, his chances of making the first team are pretty slim.
Ross Barkley; Age – 27
Of all the loan players, Barkley is one of the biggest names. And he proved his worth playing for Aston Villa and made a good impact early in the season. But the 2018 Chelsea signing still needs to improve his game to think about starting over with Jorginho or N’golo Kante.
Smith on Ross Barkley, who is not eligible to face his parent club on Sunday: “Unfortunately, he had an injury and that stopped his momentum, because he was excellent.
“I can’t fault his ability or his attitude and I really enjoyed working with him.”#AVLCHE pic.twitter.com/QfpS49Vl7C
– Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 21, 2021
And with many young central midfielders preparing at Chelsea’s academy to fill that spot later, it would be ideal for Barkley to move into a club where he can get first-team minutes while Chelsea can still cash.
Matt Miazga; Age – 25
Christian Pulisic’s compatriot on the Chelsea team, Matthew Miazga is a tall and great center-back who joined Chelsea in 2016 and made two rare appearances in the first season. He was then loaned out for the next five seasons and was at Anderlecht last season.
Chelsea have a distinguished roster of central defenders and Matt Miazga will have a hard time finding his name there. The 25-year-old can still play for a comparatively smaller club and prove himself to return to the big stage. Chelsea might prefer to exclude itself from the American and sell it.
Tiemoue Bakayoko; Age – 26
The French midfielder was bought by Chelsea in 2017 for € 40 million, making him his second-most expensive signing at the time. He couldn’t live up to his expectations and what followed were back-to-back loan seasons. First to Milan, then to Monaco and his last season was spent in Naples.
The defensive midfielder does not appear to be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans next season and Chelsea could think of ditching the 26-year-old to cash him while they still can, considering it is his last season with the club.
Marco van Ginkel; Age – 28
Van Ginkel had all the qualities to succeed at Chelsea, but failed to realize the potential due to an ACL injury in his first season. And it has been on loan ever since. He spent a year in Milan and another in Stoke City before being loaned back to back at PSV for four consecutive years.
Marco van Ginkel played for PSV tonight, his first game in 32 months after a long injury loss.
Congratulations and welcome back, Marco! 💪 pic.twitter.com/IY8jrzZ6pP
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2021
The Dutch midfielder can still start in the Dutch league for big teams and PSV could secure him a permanent contract in the coming days.
Trevor Chalobah; Age – 22
One Chelsea academy graduate who may still succeed and become a star at Stamford Bridge is the 22-year-old from Sierra Leone who plays as a defensive midfielder and can also work as a center back. He spent 11 years in the youth system before landing his first contract in 2018.
He has been loaned out on three different occasions, his last outing to a French club in Lorient. There are still many clubs that are willing to take the young Chelsea on loan, including West Bromwich Albion, and that will be the best option for both the club and the player.
Jake Clarke-Salter; Age – 23
Another youth product of the famous Chelsea academy is the English defender who joined the senior team in 2016. He only made one appearance for the London club and was on several different loan deals over the next five years. He still has the potential to improve his game and become a regular for both Chelsea and the England national team which he has represented at many youth levels.
Jake Clarke-Salter has signed a new contract and joined Birmingham City on loan for the 2019/20 season. 👊https://t.co/S4tdLGbsJe
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) Jul 24, 2019
The best thing for Chelsea will be to keep him signed and allow him to gain some first-team experience elsewhere by sending him on another loan deal.
Malang Sarr; Age – 22
Chelsea signed the young French defender last season with Frank Lampard, but he was instantly loaned to Porto for the entire season. He is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in France and must have a chance to prove himself in the Premier League as he can command his center-back position for a long time.
Moses scores at Krasnodar, Sarr and Maatsen make their debut, and Ampadu ‘outstanding’ against Liverpool.
It’s all in our loan overview! 👇
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 27, 2020
The 22-year-old can serve as a substitute for Thiago Silva, 36, and help Thomas Tuchel in cup games.
Conor Gallagher; Age – 21
The tall and strong English midfielder can be a great prospect for the future and deserves his chance to play for the club he has represented all his life. The Chelsea academy graduate has been on three different loan deals, most recently in West Bromwich Albion.
Our new ‘Life on Loan’ series launches on the Chelsea app tomorrow morning! 🙌📲
In episode one, we follow Conor Gallagher in his first season of senior football! Do not miss it! pic.twitter.com/0TX2brc8IG
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 9, 2020
Tuchel can keep him on the team considering he is a local player and can serve well in cup matches considering the talent at his hands. At 21, he may become a force to be reckoned with in the future and Chelsea should refrain from letting him go.
Ampadu ethane; Age – 20
Ampadu is one of the top-rated youngsters on Chelsea’s long list of assignees and has proven his abilities in his loan spells at RB Leipzig and Sheffield United. He has great defensive acumen for his age and can play well in both midfield and defense in a central role.
We got some news from Ethan Ampadu on the Chelsea app this morning … 👀
📲 https://t.co/zhGX5RJAjc pic.twitter.com/E9wF0LVsRI
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 19, 2018
He was also selected by Wales for Euro 2020 and has already played more than 25 games with the senior team. Chelsea can keep him as a substitute for Kante and Jorginho and help him realize his full potential.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Age – 25
Loftus-Cheek is also from the Chelsea academy and has been with the club for over 17 years in total. His senior career at the club has been one of ups and downs. He has made more than 50 appearances for the club in senior football, but was never able to fix his place on the team. He had an impressive loan period at Fulham last season and should now be ready to take on the big challenge.
𝙎𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙪𝙗 𝙎𝙬𝙤𝙤𝙥 🙌
Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivered victory against the Bluebirds #In this day in 2019 💪 pic.twitter.com/LP59l6RxfZ
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 31, 2021
He is a field-to-field midfielder with the ability to create plays and can also score goals himself. A well-trained player who can take on anyone can surely be of help to the Chelsea squad.