Finally a Chelsea Loanee of five years, speaks out and reveals what it's really like being farmed out by Chelsea.
Lucas Piazon , one of the hottest young properties in world football five years ago when he signe...
Lucas Piazon, one of the hottest young properties in world football five years ago when he signed for Chelsea, has finally spoken out about being farmed out on loan ever since he joined the club. Make no mistake it's music to the ears of the press.
Everyone in the country has a view on Chelsea and I would say the majority of it isn't positive. One criticism we often have thrown at us is our Youth Policy and the fact that so many players in addition to older squad players are sent out on loan with I believe this season the number being around 38!
I am all for players being given a chance of regular first team football to help develop their skills. In some instances, players are given a chance at one lower level and based on how well they do they are then sent out again but at a higher level. Look at Patrick Bamford for example. He was sent out to MK Dons and did well, then moved to Derby Country, Middlesborough where he was named the Championship Player of the Year, followed by Premier League loans (that didn't exactly work out) at Crystal Palace, Norwich and now this season Burnley. We just hope that he can make some sort of impact and prove his worth to come back here and fight for a place in the Chelsea squad!
However, for the majority it just never happens. They get sent out on loan, do OK at a certain level as to almost demonstrate that's their ceiling point and they get sold off. That's where the problem lies and that's why so many people criticise the club. There surely has to be a better way??
So to Piazon and speaking in this article, he was asked of being sent out on loan for the past five seasons and it's clear that he has had enough of being moved around from pillar to post, he now wants to settle down somewhere to enjoy his football, with that hopefully being at Chelsea.
'I'm tired of moving abroad. One, two, three loans, maybe that's enough. It's time for me to stay somewhere more than one year. When they know you'll stay whatever happens, people look at you with different eyes
If I had the chance to go for more than one season I'd do it.
It makes no sense to go on loan all the time. It is not good for any player in my experience — or the experience of the other boys. I don't see it as a positive thing any more. To be in a different place every year is not good for me at 22.
It's difficult to get a place in the team. They have their own players. You do your best, try to get a place in the squad, minutes on the pitch, score and create goals. That's all you can do.
I still want to make it at Chelsea, of course. I came to Europe to play for Chelsea and want to do it. Maybe I can come back in the future.
If that's not possible I want to go somewhere and stay for more than one season. Not just stay stuck in the club.'
What do you people think of all this again this year. I have to be honest, I expected there to be a major shake-up at the club after seeing so many players sent out on loan last year, I had hoped that number would have been cut in half at least, with players being sold off or released. However, as we have seen, the numbers have got bigger and bigger.
Chelsea cannot keep stockpiling our youngsters. If they are good enough, you have to bit the bullet and use them.
Look at reports that have surfaced today stating that Leicester tried to sign Nathaniel Chalobah on loan and Chelsea turned down the opportunity? Why would they do that if he isn't going to get a regular run here? In my view he would have more opportunity to come on or be much more involved there than here so again it makes no sense.
Something has to be done otherwise we would have wasted plenty of time and investment to not see any end product.
What do you think?