from Howard Green.
Chelsea’s excessive lending system was criticized in the mid to late 2010s. Despite the club’s success in signing quality young players, very few youngsters have ever played consistently in the Chelsea first team.
By 2017, John Terry was the only former Chelsea Academy player to consistently play senior football for the club.
It was clear that the 37 players on loan from Chelsea in the 2016-17 season were more likely to be used for profit than Chelsea candidates for the first team, compared to the five from Manchester United. That for-profit motive has resulted in Chelsea losing top talent like Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to their books at one point.
However, things are starting to change. The loan system has enabled a handful of Chelsea Academy prospects such as Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to play the club’s first team. This is likely due to Frank Lampard’s belief in the academy’s prospects combined with the recent transfer ban.
But there are still many players on the Chelsea loan system who aren’t fighting for a place on the Chelsea first team. There are a number of players beyond academia who are still in the club. Should they jump off and find first-team football or stay at the club hoping to get into the Chelsea team one day?
The Nigerian winger is probably the most famous player on this list and the one with the most first-team football. Despite not being an academy player, the 29-year-old has fallen in and out of favor on several occasions in the Chelsea squad.
After signing West Ham, Moses played 23 league games for Chelsea in the 2012/13 season. The following season he signed on loan for Liverpool and has since played on loan for Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbaçhe and most recently Inter Milan.
Moses’ most prominent time for Chelsea was in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons under Antonio Conte. Moses has made 62 Premier League appearances between those two seasons as he matched Conte’s tactics, but has only picked up two more league appearances for the Blues since the Italian’s departure.
Let Moses stay at Chelsea?
Moses is still a very capable Premier League winger. He may not be fatal in front of goal, but he has many of the same traits that more famous Chelsea wingers have.
With the additions of Ziyech and Werner, Chelsea are now overloaded with players who can downplay the wing. If Moses wants first-team football on a regular basis, it would be advisable that he stay at Inter. This could happen because his loan agreement includes an option to buy.
Inter suit moses. They are a club with former Premier League talents like Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku. The biggest plus for the Nigerian is that Inter’s trainer is Antonio Conte, and it has been shown in the past to be a trainer who prefers Moses and can get the best out of him.
Baba Rahman is a left-back who signed for Chelsea in January 2015. Rahman wasn’t a Chelsea Academy contender, but was signed by a lively FC Augsburg team for an initial £ 14million at the age of 21.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian international played 23 senior national team games in blue under interim manager Guus Hiddink. Unfortunately, he was unable to impress Conte and has never appeared for Chelsea since the 2015/16 season.
Rahman began his loan career at Schalke, but played only one game in the Veltins-Arena in his second season. He later went to Reims and did a handful of gigs for her. He currently plays for relegated Mallorca, but has only played five senior national team games this season.
Should Rahman stay with Chelsea?
Rahman was once a raw, lively talent, though a little prone to error. It is unfortunate that such a young talent was sacked by the managers at Chelsea and Schalke, which likely resulted in his loss of quality. But if he can’t start for a relegated La Liga club, he certainly won’t start for Chelsea. He should look for football elsewhere.
Many Chelsea fans can be forgiven for not knowing who Jamal Blackman is. Despite joining Chelsea when he was under 13, Blackman has never made a senior appearance for the club. However, he has been used as a substitute goalkeeper in a number of matchday squads.
His loan periods were sporadic and a little unfair to him. His best season was when he played 31 championship games for Sheffield United in the 2017/18 season. The next season, however, he was loaned to Leeds United and only appeared in two league cup games.
Most recently he played for Bristol Rovers before the League One season was canceled.
Should Blackman stay with Chelsea?
Unfortunately, Blackman will effectively remain third or fourth choice goalkeeper if he stays at Chelsea. Its development was overshadowed by the dominance of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois in the club.
The decision is likely to depend on whether he wants to continue with a salary in the Premier League. Or play first-team football in the Championship or League One.
Lucas Piazon is also a name that some Chelsea fans may not have heard of. The Brazilian winger has been loaned to seven different clubs since joining Chelsea in 2011.
He has only completed three senior national team appearances in the blue jersey, all of which are at the start of his professional career in the 2012/13 season.
Piazon contains many of the attributes typical of Brazilian wingers. He has flair and very strong shooting, and his early appearances as an attacking midfielder as a teenager led to comparisons with the legendary Kaká.
Although he scored goals for Vitesse in his early career, he hasn’t shown much promise since. He spent three years developing in the championship with Reading and Fulham and currently plays his football for Rio Ave in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.
Should Piazon stay with Chelsea?
Piazon is currently unable to play at Chelsea’s level. He has until the end of his current loan deal in 2021, when his Chelsea deal expires, to decide his future.
There are a few other players who are making the most of their loan time. These are Matt Miazga and Kenedy. With their consistent league time at their loaner clubs and their relatively young age, it is likely that they could return and play for Chelsea again.
The loan system at Chelsea has proven to be beneficial for the club and for certain players, but in some of the cases described it has prevented some players from reaching their full potential.
The most important consideration for these players is whether they are ready to give up their well-paying Chelsea contract in order to watch more regular football.
It will be interesting to see what happens to players like Moses and Rahman this summer, but Chelsea fans shouldn’t expect many of their loanee players to be on the first team for the club anytime soon.