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Sell, lend or keep? Analysis of the Chelsea Loan List and Their Future

Aside from the incessant success that Chelsea have seen in the 21st century despite constant changes in management and coaching, they are very well known for brewing young talent and having a long list of players on loan. They have one of the best academies in England and have discovered and developed a lot of young talent from England and beyond.

They follow a method that has usually paid off in the long run, either filtering out future stars or selling them for a good margin. These are long loan periods for the youngsters that will give them the experience they want and at the same time sign them. And by building a winning culture at the club, Roman Abramovich ensured that the players had a reason to prove themselves at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have loaned over 30 players themselves last season, including some rising stars like Ethan Ampadu and Malang Sarr, as well as some unused former first-team names like Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi. With the Chelsea squad already full of young and talented players like Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, there isn’t much room for new faces. Therefore we have at FootTheBall, has analyzed the situation of the top 15 loan players and what must Chelsea decide for their future – sell, loan or keep.


Jamal Blackman; Age – 27

The English goalkeeper came through the ranks at Chelsea and signed his first professional contract in 2012. His first loan came in 2014 and has been loaned eight times in seven years.

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He has not yet appeared for Chelsea and with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga already fighting for the starting position, there is no place for him in the squad now or in the future. In 2012 and 2013, however, he was part of their Champions League and Europa League winning squad.

Kenya; Age – 25

The Brazilian winger was described as a great candidate when he played for Fluminese but failed to live up to expectations when he was bought by Chelsea in 2015.


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He was loaned out five times in six years and was only able to play 15 appearances for the Blues in six years, mostly as a substitute in cup games. The player can still find suitors considering he is only 25 and it is the best decision for both parties to replace him.

Michy Batshuayi; Age – 27

The Belgian international had the opportunity to prove his worth to the London club but failed to match it in the first two seasons. As a result, he was temporarily loaned to BVB in 2018, where he impressed with eight goals in 10 games, but was not enough. He then went to Valencia for the last two seasons and then to Crystal Palace.


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At 27, he shouldn’t have a chance on the Chelsea first team with so many established young attackers on the team. And there are also rumors that they are trying to sign Erling Haaland this year.

Lewis Baker; Age – 26

Baker has been with the club for 16 years, from the academy to the first-team squad at the age of 18. He did not appear for the club and was loaned out for years in 2015.

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After so many years, the midfielder has left no mark on Chelsea and it may be time he made a move and found a new club to represent. Chelsea won’t mind putting him back on loan considering he’s a native talent but that may not be in the player’s best interests.

Davide Zappacosta; Age – 29

Zappacosta was brought in by Chelsea as a right-back alternative in 2017 at the age of 25, having spent his time in the Italian premier league. He won the FA Cup and Europa League with Chelsea in his first two seasons before being loaned to Roma.


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He also spent his last season in Italy, with Genoa on loan, and also scored four goals. But with the rise of Reece James alongside veteran Cesar Azpilicueta, his chances of making it into the first team are pretty slim.

Ross Barkley; Age – 27

Of all the loaned players, Barkley is one of the biggest names. And he has proven himself at Aston Villa and made a good impression at the start of the season. But Chelsea’s 2018 signing has yet to improve their game to consider starting over Jorginho or N’golo Kante.

And with so many young central midfielders brewing up at Chelsea Academy to take that place later, it would be ideal for Barkley to move to a club where he can get first-team minutes while Chelsea can still cash out.

Matt Miazga; Age – 25

A fellow Christian Pulisic on the Chelsea squad, Matthew Miazga is a tall and tall center-back who joined Chelsea in 2016 and made two rare appearances in his first season. He was then loaned out for the next five seasons and was with Anderlecht last season.


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Chelsea have a respectable roster of center-backs and Matt Miazga will have a hard time finding his name there. The 25-year-old can still play for a comparatively smaller club and prove that he is returning to the big stage. Chelsea might prefer to deregister from the American and sell him.

Tiemoue Bakayoko; Age – 26

The French midfielder was bought by Chelsea for € 40 million in 2017, making him the second most expensive addition at the time. He couldn’t meet their expectations and what followed were seasons on loan over and over again. First to Milan, then to Monaco and his final season was in Naples.

The defensive midfielder doesn’t look like he’s on Thomas Tuchel’s plans for the coming season and Chelsea may consider sacking the 26-year-old to pay him off while they can as it is his final season is at the club.

Marco van Ginkel; Age – 28

Van Ginkel had all the qualities to make it big at Chelsea but was unable to tap the potential due to a cruciate ligament injury in his first season. And he’s been on loan ever since. He spent a year in Milan and one in Stoke City before being loaned out to PSV for four consecutive years.

The Dutch midfielder can still start in the Dutch league for big teams and PSV could secure him a permanent contract in the coming days.


Trevor Chalobah; Age – 22

A Chelsea academy graduate who can make it big and become a star at Stamford Bridge is the 22-year-old from Sierra Leone, who plays as a defensive midfielder and can also work as a central defender. He spent 11 years in the youth system before getting his first contract in 2018.

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He was loaned out three times, most recently to the French club Lorient. There are still many clubs ready to loan the Chelsea youngster including West Bromwich Albion and this will be the best option for both the club and the player.

Jake Clarke-Salter; Age – 23

Another youth product from the famous Chelsea Academy is the English defender who joined the senior team in 2016. He only appeared once for the London club and entered into several different loan deals for the next five years. He still has the potential to improve his game and become a regular for both Chelsea and the England national team, which he has represented at many youth levels.

It will be in Chelsea’s best interest to keep him under contract and otherwise gain first-team experience by sending him on another loan deal.


Malang Sarr; Age – 22

Chelsea signed the young French defender under Frank Lampard last season, but he was immediately loaned to Porto for the entire season. He is one of the more highly rated young defenders from France and needs to be given the chance to prove himself in the Premier League as he can sort their center-back position for a long time.

The 22-year-old can serve as a backup for 36-year-old Thiago Silva and help Thomas Tuchel in the cup games.

Conor Gallagher; Age – 21

The tall and strong English midfielder can be a great prospect for the future and deserves his chance to play for the club he has represented all his life. The Chelsea Academy graduate has signed three separate loan deals, the most recent being with West Bromwich Albion.

Tuchel can keep him in the squad considering that he is a local player and can serve well in cup games given his talent. Still 21, he can become a force to be reckoned with in the future and Chelsea should refrain from letting him go.

Ethane ampadu; Age – 20

Ampadu is one of the highest rated youngsters on the long list of loaners from Chelsea and he has shown his skills well on loan stints at RB Leipzig and Sheffield United. He has a great sense of defense for his age and can play a central role in both midfield and defense.

He was also selected by Wales for Euro 2020 and has already played over 25 senior national team games. Chelsea can keep him as a replacement for Kante and Jorginho and help him reach his full potential.

Ruben Loftus cheek; Age – 25

Loftus-Cheek also comes from the Chelsea Academy and has been with the club for over 17 years. His career as senior boss at the club was marked by ups and downs. He has played over 50 games for the club in senior football, but was never able to consolidate his place on the team. He had an impressive loan from Fulham last season and should now be ready to take on the big challenge.

He is a box-to-box midfielder with playmaking skills and can score goals himself. A well-built player who can take on anyone can certainly help the Chelsea squad.

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