The West London outfit are renowned for having plenty of players on the books at Stamford Bridge. Young players have been sent out like a conveyor belt to develop future emerging talent. But the Blues have a host of players who are more senior out on loan too, and are spending the campaign away from the club
It’s fair to say Chelsea have a chequered history with the loan system, using teams like Vitesse in the Eredivisie to be a development club without too big of a reward. They’ve only really reaped the rewards in recent seasons after this long-term strategy. Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, and Levi Colwill are recent examples that the Cobham talent can break through after successful loan spells away at the right clubs.
For the more experienced players, it is merely a route to escape Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku just hasn’t settled at Chelsea despite his long-running, complicated history with the side as managers often overlook the Belgian international.
We look into some of the current crop of Chelsea players out on loan in the SkyBet Championship to see how they’re getting along so far this season and if they can emulate some of the recent success stories.