Chelsea have sent Lucas Piazon on loan to Malaga for the rest of the season. Here are the positives and negatives of the move.
Chelsea invested just under £7 million in Lucas Piazon from Sao Paulo two years ago and the time has come for him to go elsewhere and get some first team games under his belt but could it be a move which backfires on Chelsea?
The overwhelming positive for Chelsea is that Piazon will get first team games and enhance his experience as a top flight player.
He should return to Chelsea a much fitter player than he is at the moment which gives the club a greater chance of using him effectively next season.
It demonstrates that Chelsea have a very good relationship with Malaga which is important in their pursuit of talented 20-year-old Isco, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
He will benefit from the style of play in La Liga which is similar to how Chelsea perform at their most fluent.
If Chelsea try to sign Isco, Malaga may demand that Piazon is used as a part exchange in any deal.
There is always the risk that a player going out on loan will not want to return to his parent club; Romelu Lukaku is the perfect example, as he wishes to stay at West Brom.
In a similar way there is a risk that Piazon will adjust to and enjoy life in Spain better than in England.
He could return to Chelsea with a high number of games under his belt, expecting to walk into the first team at Stamford Bridge and causing friction in the process.
Piazon is effectively now out of Chelsea’s control and they will be burdened with any injury he picks up which would cause Malaga to terminate an agreement.
Is this a good move for the player and Chelsea?
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