How Chelsea’s loanees are performing across Europe

How Chelsea’s loanees are performing across Europe

It’s well documented how much Chelsea use the global loan system to their advantage.

First-team regulars Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham are all products of said system and the Blues continue to farm their youngsters and fringe players out to other teams.

The Stamford Bridge outfit currently have 31 different players out on loan, with several having genuine chances of breaking into the first team. Let’s take a look at a selection of the group to see how well they’re doing so far this season.

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Blackman is on loan at Championship outfit Rotherham | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Current club: Rotherham United
Deal: Season-long loan

Blackman has been at Chelsea since he was 13 years old but he’s never played for the first-team, spending every season since 2014 out on loan.

He’s currently at Championship outfit Rotherham United, where he has made over 20 appearances as they battle against relegation.

Current Club: FC Lorient
Deal: Season-long loan

Chalobah signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge before this season began and then joined Lorient on loan in Ligue 1.

He’s made 20 appearances this season, scoring once, and is a regular in the centre of midfield with the team currently outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.

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Birmingham are struggling this year | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Current club: Birmingham City
Deal: Season-long loan

The central defender spent last season at St Andrew’s and then returned to the club for a second loan spell.

He’s suffered with injuries this time around but when he has played he hasn’t been able to stop the Blues’ slide as they sit just outside the relegation zone, with Clarke-Salter winning only two games this season.

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Guehi has been one of the stand-out defenders in the Championship | Alex Burstow/Getty Images

Current Club: Swansea City
Deal: Season-long loan

Guehi has captained England at youth level and has finally broken into senior football under his former national team coach with Swansea.

He has made 32 appearances for them so far this season, as they chase promotion to the Premier League, with Guehi one of the stand-out defenders in the division.

Current club: Charlton Athletic
Deal: Season-long loan

19-year-old left back Maatsen has made a lasting impression at the Valley, contributing three assists in 29 appearances for the Addicks this season.

They currently sit just outside the playoff places as they look to bounce straight back up to the Championship, with Maatsen being a key part of the team.

Current club: Spartak Moscow
Deal: Season-long loan

Once a regular in the team that won the Premier League under Antonio Conte, Moses now finds himself in the Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow.

He has scored two goals and been sent off in just 13 appearances for the club as he chases the title once more.

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Sarr joined Chelsea on a free transfer last summer | Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Current club: FC Porto
Deal: Season-long loan

Sarr was a hot prospect last summer and Chelsea swooped to sign him on a free-transfer, with the plan to loan him out for regular football this season.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way though as the France Under-21 international has made just eight appearances, with Porto making the Champions League quarter-finals and sitting second in the league.

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Tomori has shone in Milan | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Current club: AC Milan
Deal: Six month loan, £25m option to buy

After struggling to break into the team under Frank Lampard in the first half of the season, Tomori moved to Milan in search of regular first-team football.

The England international has shone since signing, making seven appearances at the heart of the Serie A side’s defence, and his performances have got everyone talking about how much of a bargain his buy-option is. Chelsea may have let one slip here.

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The wing-back has done well for Genoa | Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Current club: Genoa
Deal: Season-long loan

Another member of the Antonio Conte era at Chelsea, Zappacosta has made 17 appearances so far for the Serie A side. He’s got two goals and two assists in those games, with Genoa sitting in 13th place in the league.

He’s unlikely to return to Stamford Bridge as a member of the squad going forward, so he needs to make a lasting impression in the remainder of the campaign.

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Ampadu is plying his trade in the Premier League | Pool/Getty Images

Current club: Sheffield United
Deal: Season-long loan

Ampadu has long been talked up as a hot-prospect since signing as a 16-year-old from Exeter, but he’s struggled to really break through.

His loan at Sheffield United this season has been mixed. The Wales international has gotten plenty of game-time and experience in England’s top division, but the Blades have struggled and sit rock bottom of the league.

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Bakayoko has been rubbish | Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Current club: Napoli
Deal: Season-long loan

Bakayoko’s move to Chelsea from Monaco was expected to be the midfielder’s big break, but he has done nothing but struggle since.

His move to Napoli this season has been nothing short of rubbish, with 36 appearances so far producing just one goal and two assists. Italian media have suggested there is ‘no chance’ of the deal turning permanent this summer, so he better start looking elsewhere.

Current club: Trabzonspor
Deal: Season-long loan

One of the highest rated prospects to come out of the academy in recent years, Baker somehow hasn’t broken into the side despite shining on loan on several occasions.

Now 25, Baker is in Turkey with Trabzonspor and performing well once more with three assists and a goal from 21 appearances as they sit in fourth place, nine points off the top of the league.

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Ross Barkley was excellent in the first half of the season | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Current club: Aston Villa
Deal: Season-long loan

Barkley opted for a move to Villa Park after struggling for first-team minutes at Chelsea and started the season in fine form with three goals and an assist.

However, since picking up a hamstring injury in November, Barkley has struggled with form and scored just once in 12 appearances since returning. recently losing his place in the team.

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Gallagher has been key for West Brom in the Premier League this season | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Current club: West Bromwich Albion
Deal: Season-long loan

The midfielder has been a regular in the lineup under both Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce this season, with his ball-playing ability and bite helping him to stand out.

The season hasn’t gone well for West Brom though, currently sitting second from bottom ten points from safety with nine games to play. His performances will undoubtedly see him maintain Premier League interest next year though, whether at Chelsea or elsewhere.

Current club: Kasimpasa
Deal: Six month loan

The former Leicester man’s time at Chelsea has been nothing short of a disaster, littered with little game time and loan spells.

After failing to secure a loan last summer and sitting on the sidelines until January, Drinkwater signed for Turkish side Kasimpasa in the winter window and has made five appearances so far, although he’s yet to do anything of note.

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Loftus-Cheek has shown glimpses | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Current club: Fulham
Deal: Season-long loan

He was supposed to be the next big thing at Chelsea, but injuries and limited opportunities have prevented him from hitting his full potential.

He’s shown glimpses of that ability at Craven Cottage this season, with driving runs and great passing on show as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship once again.

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
It’s all gone Pete Tong for Batshuayi this season | Pool/Getty Images

Current club: Crystal Palace
Deal: Season-long loan

Batshuayi’s time at Chelsea has been hot and cold. He’s failed to ever hold down a regular place despite scoring the goal that won them the league under Conte.

He returned to Selhurst Park this season on loan looking for regular football, but he has found himself behind Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew in the pecking order. He’s scored just once for the club this season and looks likely to move abroad again come the summer window.

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Kenedy has done well in La Liga | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Current club: Granada
Deal: Season-long loan

Chelsea’s forgotten winger, Kenedy joined La Liga side Granada on loan in the summer and has done well with six goals and three assists in 32 appearances.

He’s likely to be part of the side that takes on Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals, so we’ll all be able to get a closer look at him then.

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