To Let: Assessing the Success of 9 of Chelsea’s High Profile Loanees

With 33 players out on loan this season, Chelsea’s network of loan players across the world is as vast as ever.

Here’s a look at how some of the club’s high profile loanees, have fared past and present.

1. Patrick Bamford

Once one of Chelsea’s highest rated attacking prospects, Bamford never fully got the chance to prove his potential at Stamford Bridge, and was loaned out six times in five seasons as a Chelsea player.

In January 2017, the former England youth international made a permanent move to  Middlesbrough, where he previously won the Championship’s Player of the Year while on loan at there during the 2014/15 season. 

2. Thorgan Hazard

In the summer of 2012, Chelsea signed a certain Eden Hazard from Lille for a reported £32m, and the rest – as they say – is history. That same summer, the Blues also completed the signing of Eden’s younger brother – Thorgan – from Lens.

The younger Hazard would never actually make an appearance for Chelsea, and after two years on loan with Zulte Waregem in Belgium, a season long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach saw him do enough to earn a permanent move to the German side, where he has become a regular and effective feature; playing a role not dissimilar to his brother’s at Chelsea.

3. Dominic Solanke

Another player whose clear potential has never converted into a single Premier League appearance in Chelsea colours. Dominic Solanke’s performances out an loan at Dutch side Vitesse in 2015/16, and perhaps more tellingly during England’s run to the Under-20 World Cup this summer, earned the striker a move to Liverpool.

Eyebrows were raised that Chelsea were so willing to let Solanke go to a rival, and though the striker has continued to show promise, he has yet to find the net in the Premier League for his new side.

4. Loic Remy

Loic Remy was perhaps an unexpected choice to be brought in as attacking support for £10.5m from QPR in August 2014, and was not surprisingly used from the bench throughout the majority of the season.

Remy’s last season with the Stamford Bridge club was an injury hit loan spell at Crystal Palace, which wasn’t enough to earn him a contract extension at Chelsea. The Frenchman went on to join Spanish side Las Palmas in September 2017.

5. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

One player Chelsea will be pleased has only left the club on loan so far, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been exemplary for Crystal Palace in their early season battle against relegation following a scattering of first team appearances for Chelsea in recent seasons.

Loftus-Cheek’s form has been so impressive that the midfielder even earned a call up to the England side, making appearances in the November friendlies against Germany and Brazil; winning man of the match for his display on debut against Germany.

6. Tammy Abraham

Another player Chelsea fans will doubtless be looking forward to seeing back at Stamford Bridge next season, Abraham has proved vital to Swansea City in their battles against relegation.

His 23 goals for Bristol City played a huge factor in keeping them in the Championship last season, and his four goals for struggling Swansea see him as the club’s top scorer this season. Like Loftus-Cheek, those performances were enough to earn him his first England appearances in the Germany and Brazil friendlies in November.

7. Izzy Brown

Another well travelled member of Chelsea’s loan contingent, Izzy Brown is currently on loan at his fourth different club since the start of the 2015/16 season; having made just a single first team appearance for Chelsea since joining the club in 2013.

Currently on loan at newly promoted Brighton – where he has made just four league starts this season – Brown may find it hard to work his way into the first team upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

8. Nathan Ake

Proof that sometimes a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge can be more productive can a string of loan spells. 

So impressive was Ake at Bournemouth while on loan in the first half of the 2016/17 season, that the Cherries were convinced to part with a club record £20m for the defender in the summer transfer window.

Since that move, Ake has started every league game of the season so far for his new side, experiencing the sensation of being an integral part of a defensive line for the first time in his career.

9. Andreas Christensen

One player who’s time away from the club Chelsea are now reaping the benefits of. Andreas Christensen has been one of the Premier League’s standout defenders this year, following two season’s on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

A commanding presence at the back, with impressive distribution and the potential to cause havoc when going forward for a set piece, it’s fair to say that Christensen is one player that Chelsea will not be considering sending out on loan again.

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