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Loan Army Update with @JustBeduit

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Loan Army Update from @JustBeduIt

Here is the full in-depth update from Chelsea's loanees -- a list of almost 40 players!! Read this article, listen to the podcast two posts below and let us know who you think should stay, go on loan again, or be sold.

KEEP

  1. Mario Pasalic, CM– He’s a decent central midfielder with an eye for goal, watching him play is very reminiscent of Lampard. His started with Elche in Spain and then upgraded to Monaco where he has been reliable. In our typical 4-2-3-1 formation, he could be utilized in the double pivot or center attacking midfield position. Seeing that we don’t have that much midfield depth, he can be a true asset.
  2. Andreas Christensen, CB– This is an obvious decision. He’s playing well for a decent team and he plays in position we have been dreadful in. Wish his loan wasn’t for two seasons.
  3. Todd Kane, RB– He has been having a great year in the Netherlands with Nec Nijmegen. Again, seeing that we haven’t been defensively sound this season, I would encourage keeping him. Another incentive to keep him is that if his rehab progressives well, he would be able to return to first team training just after the new season starts. I wouldn’t want to rush a recently injured player in the loan system but rather let him train with the first team.
  4. Nathan Ake, LB/CB/DM – Another seemingly obvious decision. He shows that he can perform at the Premier League level and he is a very versatile player. Highly rate him.
  5. Juan Cuadrado, AM/FB – He had a not so stellar start to life at Stamford Bridge, but it can easily be seen that he can perform at the highest level. Juventus have retained their Serie A title and Cuadrado has been an integral member of their squad. 
  6. Michael Hector, CB/DM – I haven’t seen much of him at Reading but I have for Jamaica. His progression at Reading is only met with positive critiques. He has been experimented at the defensive midfield role as of late with some success. Plus, I don’t see the club sending him out on loan really. His transfer was a rash decision. He has to impress early on.
  7. Charly Musonda, AM – He has taken Real Betis by storm. He was instantly inserted into the starting lineup and usually plays more often than not. He has shown he has great skill at such a young age and many big clubs in Europe yearn for his signature. He is vocal about his desire for first team football and we shouldn’t stop his developing. 

SELL

  1. Stipe Perica, FW – He hasn’t been playing for Udinese much. He had a good run of scoring but he is a sporadic first team player. Doesn’t look cut out for a team like Chelsea. 
  2. Christian Atsu, AM – None of his loans have worked out. If he can’t get time at Everton or Bournemouth, he may not make it at Chelsea. He hasn’t backed his transfer since we signed him from Porto.
  3. Marco van Ginkel, CM – Honestly, whatever we end up doing with MvG I’ll be fine with. He’s a good player but can’t seem to fit in the Premier League. He is currently playing extraordinarily well for nearly crowned Dutch champions PSV. I’m sure we could get a decent transfer price for him that could fund greater moves for the club.
  4. Jordan Houghton, CM – Houghton isn’t bad but he isn’t progressing well. He is a squad rotation player for teams in League 1 and 2 which puts him pretty low in the pecking order.
  5. Kenneth Omeruo, CB – He is already a full Nigeria international. He’s had several loans where he has played consistently but it doesn’t seem like he is in Chelsea’s plans. Another decent player who could generate a good transfer price. 
  6. Wallace, RB – I’ve never been a fan of Wallace. We were linked with him for a while but he hasn’t shown much potential. He is having unsuccessful loans in a time period where he should be considered for the first team.
  7. Danilo Pantic, CM – Another transfer I felt was done hastily. He hasn’t taken his loan chance at Vitesse well and has been in media trouble which resulted in Vitesse suspending him. He was dismal every time I watched him for Vitesse. There’s midfielder in our own academy that should be given a chance before him (Colkett comes to mind).
  8. Joao Rodriguez, FW – I used to really like Joao but he has not had one successful loan spell. All of his loans are in first-division leagues but he can’t find playing time at all. Nor does he score when he does play. It just didn’t work out for him.
  9. Matej Delac, GK – He’s been a loanee since the days of Ancelotti. He seems to be doing well in places like Bosnia and Croatia so we should sell him to some team in that neck of the woods. Also, who knows how useful he can be after coming off a serious injury.
  10. Alex Davey, CB/DM – He isn’t finding much time in League 1 and now he finds himself in Norway of all places. I feel like his development has stagnated. Would rather use a current member of the academy. 
  11. Cristian Cuevas*, LB/LM – Another transfer I never supported. His loans before Sint-Truiden have been lackluster. He has been playing this season but nothing spectacular to report. He’s better off playing somewhere else. *DISCLAIMER: I’ve read reports as early as the previous weekend that he has decided to not return to Chelsea and continue his career elsewhere.*
  12. Victor Moses, AM – Our unofficial two-time preseason player of the year, Moses hasn’t had consistent loans. He tends to start well but then he fades away and becomes a squad player. He’s decent when fit but there are a lot of players who we could be spending our time on playing.
  13. Marko Marin, AM – It never quite worked out for the German Messi. His loans have all be poor, he’s starting to look further and further away from Chelsea’s first team.
  14. Lucas Piazon, AM/FW – This one hurts me dearly. I’ve been a fan of Piazon since we first signed him. His first few loans were good at Malaga and Vitesse but then he just stopped his development. He can barely find time at Reading. I would love one last chance of a loan, preferably in the Premier League, but most likely selling is the best option.
  15. Islam Feruz, FW – He was amazing in the academy and reserve leagues but his loans have been failing and have been obscure. Linked to random places all across Europe, he finds himself back in the reserves. It just won’t work when you can’t even make it at OFI Crete. 
  16. Papy Djilobodji, CB – If we can sell two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata, we can handle transferring the one and only Chelsea legend that is Djilobodji.
  17. Jamal Blackman, GK – Never liked Jamal much. He tends to get scored a lot in the reserves, friendlies, and the few professional matches he has played. I’ve never been impressed with him.

LOAN

  1. Lewis Baker, CM – His loans have been going progressively better. He has been the best Chelsea loanee at Vitesse but could use some more development. He seems highly regarded by the club and I want to see him succeed in a more difficult league.
  2. Isaiah Brown, AM/FW – Still very young, his loan at Vitesse didn’t go exactly as many have hoped but he did manage to get a lot of game time. I think he’s a far way off from the first team but he’s only 19. I think we have yet to see what he can really do. 
  3. Nathan, AM – He started rather well this season before his awful injury. Very skillful and seems to be at home playing on the left-wing or right behind the striker. Since his playing time was reduced to injury, another loan is ideal, preferably in France or Spain. 
  4. Victorien Angban, DM – Not many people know about him. This has been his first professional season and he has taken his chance rather well, despite his occasional yellow/red card. He started getting a lot of time from the beginning at such a young age. A special eye should be kept on him. Reminds me of a raw version of Matic.
  5. Tomas Kalas, CB/RB – He couldn’t find much playing time at Chelsea a couple of seasons ago but he did shut down Luis Suarez in that infamous game where Gerrard slipped. He deserves a third loan at Middlesbrough to see what he can do. He hasn’t been playing too much as of late for them however but a loan is still necessary. I think he can be a good player for us but there are other players in front of him.
  6. Patrick Bamford, FW – This year was terrible for young Bamford. After a remarkable 2014-15, we all had high hopes for the kid but he couldn’t break his duck at Crystal Palace or newly relegated Norwich. I honestly don’t know what to do with him. The best course of action is to let him go back to Middlesbrough where he basked in his great form. Hopefully our relationship with Middlesbrough allows this and Kalas to stay there for another season.
  7. Dominic Solanke, FW – Still very young, Dom has shown he is too good for the reserves. His loan at Vitesse has some mixed reviews, I know one Vitesse account in particular that doesn’t rate him, but for an 18 year old embarking on his first professional venture, 7 goals in 26 games is a decent return. Vitesse didn’t have a good season this year so it can be put down to the team not playing to potential. More development is necessary if he really wants that absurd weekly salary he allegedly claimed. 
  8. Jeremie Boga, AM – Personal favorite of mine. He featured in many games for Rennes, a lot of those times as an impact sub. Scored a few goals and laid on a few assists but his claim to fame are his excellent dribbling runs he does with ease. Evident in the reserves and now evident in Ligue 1, another loan can really get the best out of him. 
  9. Nathaniel Chalobah, DF/MF – His loans have been getting progressively worse when it comes with finding playing time. He couldn’t break into a Napoli squad vying to win Serie A. He’s very versatile and I wouldn’t give up on him yet. When he does play for Napoli, he certainly wasn’t bad. He even managed to find the net. 
  10. John Swift, CM/AM – Another Lampard-esque midfielder, his loan this year has been rather under the radar but he’s been performing well. He gets decent playing time and managed to score 7 goals this year. He needs another loan in a more difficult league, but I truly like him.
  11. Alex Kiwomya, AM/FW – The speedy wide player needs a decent loan to be considered by Chelsea. His loans are short and not really worth noting. He tends to end up back at the reserves a lot but he needs to separate himself from that.
  12. Mitchell Beeney, GK – My favorite academy goalkeeper. I think he is very talented and instead of keeping him as a third-choice, he should be out there getting playing time. His loan at Newport was initially going well, it even got extended to mid-April. However it was mysteriously cut short, allegedly due to his girlfriend’s outbursts on Twitter. A loan to the Championship should happen.

SOLD

Reports claim that Ulises Davila and Mohamed Salah have already been sold to Santos Laguna (Mexico) and AS Roma (Italy) respectively. Also, Cristian Cuevas may have already decided that Chelsea isn’t for him. Also, it is important to sell a lot of these loan players so that the focus is on a lesser amount of higher rated players.

All credit goes to our friend @JustBeduIt!

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