Chelsea are currently a team who are attracting more attention for who they haven’t got more than who they do have, but who of the players they have out on loan should they keep?
Thibaut Courtois (Goalkeeper): Probably one of the most promising Goalkeeping talents on the planet currently, Courtois was bought for a potential fee of £7.9 million by Andre Villas-Boas in the Summer of 2011 but is yet to play a game for the West Londoners, having spent two years on loan at Atletico Madrid and started his third season at Atleti this campaign. The promising Belgian has greatly impressed in the Spanish capital winning three trophies; a Copa del Rey, a Europa League and a Super Cup, where he played in goal against his parent club Chelsea in a 1-4 demolition.
There is no doubt that Courtois is a fantastic ‘keeper however he has stiff competition between the sticks with Petr Cech the man he has to overturn to get games in the Premiership. He’s also attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona where he would get regular football following the imminent departure of Victor Valdes. Jose Mourinho has a big dilemma on his hands next season who to play in goal; the reliable club legend Cech who would be uncharacteristic to drop, or risk losing one of the finest talents out there.
Verdict: Stay. If Chelsea can keep hold of him.
Patrick van Aanholt (Left Back): A Chelsea youth product since 2009, van Aanholt has been vary patient with Chelsea, now in his fifth loan spell away from the club, this time at Vitesse, his second season there after spending time at Coventry, Newcastle, Leicester and Wigan. The Dutchman has been an important part of Vitesse’s surprise lead at the top of the Eridivisie after they finished 4th last season in his first season in Holland.
Van Aanholt has made 51 appearances in total for Vitesse so far and in 2013 earned his first Holland cap highlighting how much he’s improved in recent years. In terms of his Chelsea career he could be a useful player to have in the near future, especially if an ever increasing frustrated figure in Ryan Bertrand decides to leave to get more regular game time. Patrick on the other hand could be useful back up to Ashley Cole if he’s a bit more patient with Chelsea.
Josh McEachran (Centre Midfielder): One of the most talked about members of Chelsea’s youth system in recent years, McEachran has often been dubbed as a future England International however his club career has never really took off. Three loans out (Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford) has seen him get regular game time but one of the challenges the Oxford born Midfielders has is the amount of players in his position and whether he can cut the mustard remains to be seen.
Marko Marin (Winger): Infamously dubbed “The German Messi” he’s yet to show this sort of comparison for any club he’s been at. Signed the dotted line at Stamford Bridge for £7 million pounds in 2012 but only played a bit part role last season, unsurprisingly failing to get ahead of Eden Hazard in the Chelsea XI, injuries didn’t help. Joined Sevilla on loan to boost his chances of playing for Chelsea some time soon but the signing of Andre Schurrle seems to have frozen him out.
Oriol Romeu (Defensive Midfielder): Another one of the young players AVB signed in his attempted restructure of Chelsea in the 2011 Summer Transfer Window, the Spaniard started well, a regular until September when he got a knee injury that would end his season. He’s currently on loan at Valencia.
Romeu could be a vital cog in Chelsea’s machine soon with them needing to bolster their defensive options, Frank Lampard is near retirement, Michael Essien isn’t what he was and John Obi Mikel is the ultimate Marmite player, he’s failed to fill the gap Claude Makelele left. Romeu could be the answer.
Victor Moses (Winger): After lengthy negotiations, Victor Moses finally arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012, Chelsea’s fifth bid, totalling £9 million was enough to bring the Nigerian to the club. Moses hasn’t really proved to be worth the time taken to sign him however with most of his appearances coming off the bench with Hazard and Mata occupying his position. Now on loan at Liverpool where his games are also sporadic, seems like a long time ago he was linked to clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid in his Crystal Palace days where he opted for Wigan.
Romelu Lukaku (Striker): The man making the most headlines for being away from the club, signed for Chelsea in 2011 for an initial £10 million, raising to £18 million in add ons. If you could describe his Chelsea career so far in one word, that word would be “limited”. Just 10 league games in total in two years despite being a carbon copy of club icon Didier Drogba, AVB didn’t think he was ready but more surprisingly Mourinho who loves a muscular striker decides to loan him to Everton and sign Samuel Eto’o who is clearly past his 2010 peak when The Special One managed him at Inter Milan.
The Big Belgian is showing just what he can do in the Premiership, hitting 17 in 35 for West Brom last season and has 8 in 12 this campaign so far at Everton while Chelsea’s front three have a well documented 5 goals between them.
Romelu Lukaku: A career on the up.
Christian Atsu (Winger): Signed this Summer, loaned out straight away, doesn’t seem Chelsea quality. Go.
Nathaniel Chalobah (Centre back/midfielder): Dubbed “The next Lampard”, big future ahead of him. Stay.
Thorgan Hazard (CAM/Winger): Brother of Eden, tipped for bright things. Stay, worth seeing what he’s capable of.
Patrick Bamford (Striker): Doing very well in League 1 for MK Dons, good player but will probably see first 11 chances limited. Go.
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