The Chelsea loan system has been a much-criticized initiative with many believing that it hampers the careers of young players. While there have been a few failures to give credence to this, the success stories are becoming louder. The idea of the system is to expose these young footballers to a new football culture, idea and also give them the much-needed playing time required to help them blossom into real stars.
At Chelsea, the system is a two-way thing especially if the player’s loan spell is successful. If it happens, the player’s resale value increases and this makes him a good prospect for the club. The club might decide to cash in on him if a good offer comes in especially if competition in his preferred position at the club is fierce and potentially if the player requests for a transfer. Another part of this might be for the player to be promoted to the first team to provide a new dimension and cover.
Chelsea loaned out about 38 players this season. After a breakthrough season for Andreas Christensen, here are 5 players who are having successful loan spells and would be valuable additions to the first team next season:
The Belgium International was a January loan signing for Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea. A series of stellar performances which has produced 11 goals so far is quite impressive. The Batsman rediscovered his mojo and should be given a place in the Chelsea team next season. So integral has been his contributions to the German club that Dortmund key player Marco Reus had this to say:
“I’d be very pleased if Michy were to stay. He’s shown how important he can be for us.”
With Morata misfiring and Giroud at 31, Michy represents the future of Chelsea at 24.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s two goals and three assists coupled with fine displays this season for Crystal Palace has led to calls for the England International to be given a chance at Chelsea. More so, his stellar performances led to him winning his first England senior caps earlier in the season and has also seen him have a chance of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the summer WorldCup in Russia. Still highly rated at Chelsea, the 22-years old midfielder might just be Chelsea’s new Michael Ballack and certainly is one for next season.
MARCO VAN GINKEL:
The Netherland International player was an £8m signing from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013. Though the midfield playmaker had his career disrupted by injuries for nearly two seasons, he appears to be back to his best in the colours of PSV. A stunning return of 31 goals in 63 games for the Dutch club with two titles won has been quite impressive. Ginkel is a box to box midfielder with a mix of Lampard and Gerrard, with an ability to stretch play with incisive short and long range passes and an eye for goal. Certainly, this is the time for the player to return to the club and show us the stuff he’s made of. Even PSV are very keen on him to tell you how good a player he has become.
Speaking to De Telegraaf, PSV football director, Brands was asked about the future of Van Ginkel with PSV. To which he said: “Someone like Marco has become a very important player for us. We tried to buy him from Chelsea last year, but that was not feasible. Of course you also have to deal with the salary ceiling. If there is one per cent chance of taking him from Chelsea, I will go for it.”
Chelsea must resist letting him go.
A factitious summer for the young Brazilian last year and limited opportunities to showcase his potential were huge limitations for him. But a successful loan spell in January to North East club, Newcastle United has seen him show that he’s good enough to play for the club. A player with good dribbling ability, amazing skillset, deadly left foot (something lacking in our attack) and pace on the front foot would surely be a good replacement for Pedro in the Chelsea ranks. His two goals and three assists as well vital contributions for the Toons have seen them cement their place in the league for next season. Surely it’s Kenedy’s time to shine to be given a chance.
The defender was a huge prospect prior to his devastating injury against Manchester United two seasons ago. His loan spell at Stoke City has been impressive as he has put in stellar performances all season. With the player back to good form and fitness levels, a return to Chelsea will be ideal especially with both Cahill and Luiz on the wrong side of 30. Building a formidable backline for next season might just be ideal with Zouma in the picture of it all.
After playing a starring role in England’s triumph at last summer’s European Under-19 Championship in Georgia, Chelsea’s reigning Academy Player of the Year joined Vitesse on loan and his sensational form in Netherlands earned him a spot in the 2018 NxGn, Goal’s annual list of top 50 teenagers in world football.
The Portsmouth native stats are good: 7 goals and 4 assists in the Dutch top flight, while he is ranked in the top 10 for key passes.
Indeed, Mount bucks the stereotype that English footballers are powerful, but lacking in technique. He is quick, skillful, has great vision and a keen eye for goal, and more so, he is also a wonderfully versatile footballer.
He was voted Vitesse Player of the Season and this shows good signs of the player’s development. He needs to be given a chance at Chelsea next season.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!