Chelsea’s ridiculous squad depth

There’s no doubting that Chelsea’s current Premier League squad is one of, if not the best in the division. They literally have 2 top class players for each position and it would be hard to determine what their ‘weakest’ team would be. However we’ve already discussed in great detail here about Chelsea’s strength in depth with their current squad, instead we’re going to be looking at Chelsea’s wealth of talent they currently have out on loan. As Chelsea have about 239 players out on loan, we’re going to be focusing on the ones who we believe could have a future at Stamford Bridge.

Goalkeepers

A name familiar to most people by now will be Thibaut Courtois. At just 21 he has already established himself as the best keeper in La Liga and probably in the top 5 goalkeepers in the world. Considering his age, his potential is scary. So far he’s kept 7 clean sheets in 13 appearances for Atletico Madrid, compared to just 4 kept so far by Petr Cech. But is he ready for the number 1 spot at Stamford Bridge? Most definitely. But Cech is still at the top of his game and has much more experience, so Mourinho might be unwilling to drop his loyal keeper. Our guess would be that Courtois will sign a new long-term contract, go out on loan again next season and become the number 1 in the 2015-2016 campaign.

Other more low-key Goalkeepers out on loan for Chelsea include Sam Walker and Matej Delac. Walker is an English Goalkeeper who signed for Chelsea as a school boy in 2007 and spent a few seasons in the youth setup. Since 2011 however he has been out on loan at a host of lower-league sides such as Yeovil and now currently, Colchester. He has played every game so far for the League 1 side and has been fairly impressive. We would say his chances of ever getting into the Chelsea first team are slim though, due to having the exceptional Cech and Courtois in front of him. At just 22 though if he can improve, he has a chance of a career at the top level.

Defenders

Wallace, or as his friends call him, Wallace Oliveira dos Santos is a Brazillian Right back who signed for Chelsea earlier this year. The 19 year old featured heavily for Chelsea in pre-season and many fans were expecting big things of the attacking defender this year. Those expectations were perhaps enlarged when a loan move to Itallian giants Inter Milan was confirmed prior to the season starting. However, Wallace has found playing time limited in Italy and is thought to be frustrated with how his development has gone this campaign. Mourinho is thought to be a big fan of the defender and so if he can get a better loan move next year, he could still have a future at Chelsea. On the domestic front Todd Kane is someone who may be more well known to the Chelsea fans as he is currently on a season long loan at Blackburn. He’s been an ever present at Ewood Park so far and his impressive displays have earned him a call up to the England U-21 side. At such a young age, Kane has shown that he will have a future at the top level even if it isn’t with Chelsea. Sam Hutchinson is another Right-sided defender out on loan for the London club.

In the centre of defence there isn’t quite as many players out with other clubs. Nathanial Chalobah is the most high profile, the England U-21 star had a very impressive campaign last season with Watford, being a pivotal part of the team which came just short of winning promotion. Although he hasn’t been as impressive this time round with Nottingham Forest, he has still chipped in with a couple of goals and the undeniable talent is there for all to see. For us, he has a definite future at Chelsea. Although we aren’t normally fans of Footballing cliche’s, he has “all the right ingredients” to be a top player for both England and Chelsea.

Patrick Van Aanholt is the best left-back Chelsea currently have out on loan. The dutch defender who has represented his national side at both u-21 and full level has been on loan with dutch club Vitesse over the last 18 months and has been very impressive in his time there. At 23 years old, he is reaching a make-or-break time in his Chelsea career. If he can’t make it into the first team squad next season, he will need a more aggressive loan move at a better club to try and persuade Mourinho to include the left back in his long term Chelsea plans.

Midfielders

Similar to the Chelsea first team, their list of loaned out Midfielders is just as long and impressive. 19 year old Lucas Piazon tops the list for us, a versatile attacking Midfielder with a big future ahead of him. Chelsea had to fight off the Worlds biggest clubs to secure his services in 2011, paying £5million for him, just a 17 year old at the time. Since then he had a loan spell at Malaga and this year has impressed with Vitesse. He has scored 7 times and assisted 5 in his 12 games for the club. On top of this according to Whoscored.com he has an average match rating of 7.76, the third highest in the Dutch division. We believe if he continues this form throughout the season, he will be in the Chelsea first team squad next year.

Another player hoping to eventually make it into the first team is fans favourite Josh McEachran. Although it feels like the English youngster has been around for a while, he is still only 20 years of age. Despite his undoubted talent, he has yet to prove worthy of anything more than a Championship loan move, something which will need to change over his next couple of years of development. He was fairly impressive with Middlesbrough last year, but his performances for Watford this campaign have dropped. He’ll need to improve if he wants to catch Mourinho’s eye.

Someone who obviously didn’t do enough of that in pre-season is Nigerian Victor Moses. He was promptly shipped out on loan to Liverpool at the start of this season and he hasn’t really done enough so far to prove the Special One wrong. His form has at best been inconsistent, although he hasn’t had a long run of starts so far, something he will hopefully get sooner rather than later. We like Moses and think he has all the attributes to be a decent Premier League player. #cliche. But will it be at Chelsea? With their attacking Midfield options, we’d have to say no.

Another Midfielder out on loan for Chelsea is Oriol Romeu, currently on loan at Valencia. The defensive Midfielder signed from Barcelona in 2011 and big things were expected. His Chelsea time was stop-start and despite showing glimpses of his talent, injury often forced him out of games at just the wrong time. A loan move to Valencia doesn’t seem to have done him many favours either, he’s made just a handful of appearances for the Spanish side and can’t break into the first team on a regular basis. He’s still only 22 and so has plenty of time to turn things around, but he needs to get playing and avoid injury for a long period. Marko Marin is also on loan in Spain, at the exotic Spanish town of Sevilla. The so called “German Messi” when he arrived at Chelsea, is continuing his ‘un-messi’ like form of scoring 0 goals in 7 games so far this season. Still, he’s cute looking.

Hazard is a name well known in England/all over the World. Thorgan Hazard, not so much. Eden’s younger brother has been on fire this season in his home country playing for Zulte Waregem (Our favourite Beligan team), scoring freely in an attacking midfield role. His performances for his side have even earned him his first call up for the Belgian national team. With Hazard’s two other brothers rumoured to be signing for Chelsea, we could one day see a front 4 of Hazard, Hazard, Hazard and Hazard. Scary.

Strikers

Have Chelsea got any Strikers out on loan?

Romelu Lukaku has scored more goals this season than Chelsea’s three Stikers and has just become the runner up for the ‘Golden Boy’ award. No that’s not some sort of Gay Porno, it’s an award to recognize the best under 21 players in Europe. Pogba came first, Lukaku second, making Mourinho’s decision to loan the forward out look even more retarded. Saying that, the Belgian beast has helped his Everton side take points from Manchester Utd and Liverpool so far, so maybe this was part of Chelsea’s masterplan?

Away from Lukaku, Patrick Bamford is another forward scoring freely this year, albeit in a lower division. The 20 year old English forward has been on fire at MK Dons scoring 11 in 16 games so far. His form hasn’t gone unnoticed either with a host of Championship clubs looking to take him on loan when his current spell at the Dons runs out in January. If he keeps up his current level of improvement, there’s no reason why he couldn’t have a future at Stamford Bridge.

With these players in mind, a Chelsea loan XI could look something like this:

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To be able to field such a strong XI of players on loan is remarkable and shows that the club does have a long term plan. Even if these players don’t go on to play for Chelsea, they could generate millions in transfer fees, with Lukaku and Courtois alone being worth £20 million+.

No other squad in the World has this sort of depth. The future is certainly bright at Stamford Bridge.

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