Loan Round Up
After holidays and the transfer window finally closing now is the time to round up all of the loans that have taken place up until now be...
After holidays and the transfer window finally closing now is the time to round up all of the loans that have taken place up until now bearing in mind that loans to the football league will still be able to take place on a short term basis. Up until now there has been an impressive 26 players head out on loan, so who are they and where have they gone? Here is the full list based on the country they have been loaned to:
Christian Atsu (Everton):
Following an impressive stint out on loan last season at Vitesse in the Dutch league Atsu has now found a new home for the season in the Premier League with Everton. This is obviously a big step up for him but one that he should deal with well and after the international break we should start to see more of this young man playing.
Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough):
Patrick Bamford is a player that has benefited from the loan system having scored goals at both MK Dons and Derby and following a Pre Season spent with Jose and the first team Bamford has eventually returned to the Championship to join Jose's friend Karanka at Middlesbrough. Hopefully he will get plenty of games in his preferred position and push for a future Premiership loan.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton):
Having played at Villa on loan last season and done well Bertrand has now found another Premiership loan move and this time at Southampton. With the departure of Shaw there is a space for him to jump straight into the team and that is what he has done and done well. Unfortunately I don't think we will see Bertrand back at Chelsea but he will do well at Southampton.
Jamal Blackman (Middlesbrough):
The second of a trio of players at Middlesbrough Blackman is the one who is likely to play the least. As a goalkeeper loans are always difficult and Blackman has gone over to Boro as a squad player. It will be a huge bonus if he can find a way into the first team there but the experience will be good for him.
Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley):
A loan to the Premier League was always the ideal thing for Chalobah and that is eventually what he has got with Burnley. Has we have seen Burnley are a decent side who work hard and well together and it will not be easy for him to force his way into the side but I am sure he can and will do and a good season there playing regular would do him the world of good.
Victor Moses (Stoke):
Having had a loan last season at Liverpool where he did not play very often another loan has been found for him and this time at Stoke. This loan should be a far more fitting one for him and I expect him to play far more than he did last season at Liverpool.
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough):
Having been at Middlesbrough last season and done well it was where Omeruo wanted to return to and that is what has happened. Omeruo is definitely one of the best defenders in the league and will get plenty of game time this season, the only question is if he should be playing a higher level and maybe he probably should.
John Swift (Rotherham):
For me one of the most interesting loans this season, Swift getting his first loan move will get to show what he can do at this level and hopefully improve his game and progress. So far his game time has been fairly limited but also his appearances have been impressive so hopefully with time he can get more minutes and develop himself well.
Josh McEachran (Vitesse):
For most what has happened with McEachran over the last few years has been a waste of talent and with accusations of his mind being on things other than football this is a final chance for him to show if that talent is still useable and can be utilised at a good level. It is good to see a young English player move abroad for games too and hopefully this will be a profitable move for him.
Bertrand Traore (Vitesse):
Traore is settled at Vitesse having spent last season there and is a popular player there. Things have not started so well for Vitesse this season and Traore has not had the impact that maybe they and him would want but there is a long way to go in the season and he is a young man so I think there will be improvement from both in time.
Having had a disastrous season last time with Inter young Wallace needed games and that is what he is getting and will get at Vitesse. He has had a good start and until he picked up an injury was a regular starter and I think that will continue. It is up to him now to show what level he can play at and have a good season.
Stipe Perica (NAC Breda):
Young striker Perica has returned to NAC this season after impressing last season there. This season he will looking for more minutes as he tended to come on as a substitute for many games last season but he had a decent goal return and can hopefully build on that make more of an impact and become a regular starter this season.
Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano):
Last chance saloon for Kakuta this season, I think its fair to say his Chelsea future is over but he needs a good season to be able to find himself a club for the future and a the moment his stock is not very high. So far he has had a decent start in Spain and hopefully for him that will continue because he is a very very talented young man.
Mario Pasalic (Elche):
The young midfielder is this season trying to make an impact in La Liga also will spend the season at Elche, it will be good to see what he can do at this level because he is a player with a lot of promise. He is still young and has a lot to learn but this season could be a big one for him and get him on Chelsea fans radar with some good performances.
Ulises Davilla (Tenerife):
The forgotten man Davilla will also be returning to Spain in the second division with Tenerife, this is a loan just to again try and find a club for the young man as I believe this is his last season under contract with Chelsea.
Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach):
The younger Hazard is making a big step up this season from the Belgian league to the Bundesliga, it will be a different experience for him going from being the best player in the league to being among top quality players every week and not necessarily being a automatic starter. It is a move he needed and hopefully will do very well there.
Tomas Kalas (FC Cologne):
Having made a couple of impressive performances in Chelsea's first team it came as a surprise to many to see him head out on loan again but that is what has happened and he has joined newly promoted Cologne. His ability is such that he should have no problem getting games however so far he has not made it off the bench for their first 2 Bundesliga games.
Lucas Piazon (Frankfurt):
Piazon is a player with great ability and an ability to impact on a game and he is another player to head out to Germany to try and develop his game. Following loans to Malaga and Vitesse this is again a step up for the player. But having started both game this season so far things are looking good and now he needs to increase his impact on the games.
Oriol Romeu (Stuttgart):
Injuries have continued to impact Romeu's career and having signed a new deal at Chelsea it was decided that he needed to play away from Chelsea again this season and Stuttgart was the destination of choice. He had a mixed bag last season in La Liga but if he can get the regular games and stay injury free it can be an important season for him.
Marko Marin (Fiorentina):
Marin is something of a forgotten man at Chelsea and he did not have a particularly strong season on loan last time either but now he has moved to Italy and joined Fiorentina in the hopes surely of resurrecting his career and find a new club that he can maybe call home. Again another player that will unlikely return to Chelsea again but he is a player that could do with a good season.
Fernando Torres (AC Milan):
This was a move that was much needed for all, it was more than time for Torres to depart from Chelsea and help everyone move on from what has been a difficult period for both the club and the player. I am sure Torres will do well over in Italy and maybe will be able to get himself into some decent form.
Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan):
This is a good move for Van Ginkel, the boy is talented and can become a top player but given his injury last season and the quality we have in the squad it was best for him to go out on loan and get some game to bring him up to a good standard and AC Milan is a very good place for him to do that and it will be very interesting to see how he does there.
Islam Feruz (Crete):
After a couple of very impressive seasons at Chelsea's academy things have not gone so well for Feruz and his form has completely dipped off. Initially it looked like he would moving to Russia on loan but that did not happen as Feruz did not fancy that move and now he has ended up in Greece with Crete. It doesn't look like the sort of move that shows a step up for him but lets see how he does over there this season.
Joao Rodriguez (Bastia):
The striker has not been able to join up with any Chelsea side due to work permit issues but this loan to France is an intriguing proposition to see how he does in a side like this and I will look forward to seeing the progress that he makes.
Matej Delac (Arie-Avignon):
Another player who is moving to France is Delac who has up until now been on loan to pretty obscure clubs. He is a decent keeper and it really has not gone well for him up until now but hopefully he can do well here and progress himself and show what he can do.
Christian Cuevas (Uni De Chile):
Moving back to Chile to continue his development the young left back will probably be another player that will not work out for Chelsea as his loans to date have not gone very well at all. But maybe some time back home will help him to kick on.
So there we have it. 26 players out on loan and likely to be joined by some more in the coming weeks. An impressive group of players and one that I will be keeping a close eye on and reporting on right here at Chelsea Daft.