West Brom, Atletico Madrid, Hamburg, ADO Den Haag, Werder Bremen have all benefited from Belgian, Dutch, Nigerian and Ghanaian internationals being loaned out by Chelsea this season. So how good a team could you make from their home-away-from-home players?
Chelsea currently have plenty of talented individuals out on loan but just how good a team could you conjure from those players currently farmed elsewhere.
GK: Thibaut Courtois
On loan at Atletico Madrid; 26 appearances this season; seven caps for Belgium
DC: Jeffrey Bruma
On loan at Hamburg; 12 appearances this season (injury); four caps for Holland
DC: Kenneth Omeruo
On loan at ADO Den Haag; 21 appearances this season; five caps for Nigeria
On loan at Fluminense; 18 appearances this season; two caps for Brazil Under-20
DL: Patrick Van Aanholt
On loan at Vitesse Arnhem; 20 appearances this season; 11 caps for Holland under-21
DMC: Michael Essien
On loan at Real Madrid; 14 appearances this season; 52 caps for Ghana
MC: Kevin De Bruyne
On loan at Werder Bremen; 24 appearances this season; eight caps for Belgium
ML: Gael Kakuta
On loan at Vitesse Arnhem; 12 appearances this season; five caps for France under-21
MR: Josh McEachran
On loan at Middlesbrough; 26 appearances this season; 10 caps for England under-21
ST: Lucas Piazon
On loan at Malaga; yet to play; 15 caps for Brazil under-17
ST: Romelu Lukaku
On loan at West Brom; 27 appearances this season; 18 caps for Belgium
That starting line-up of players currently being loaned out by Chelsea have a combined total of 94 international caps and could easily perform well in the Premier League.
You can even put together a substitute bench of young talent currently being farmed out by the club including one of Watford’s key players Nathaniel Chalobah and the younger brother of Eden, Thorgan Hazard; who is embroiled in a title chase with Zulte Waregem in Belgium.
GK: Matej Delac - Inter Zapresic
DF: Tomas Kalas - Vitesse Arnhem
DF: Sam Hutchinson - Nottingham Forest
DF/MF: Nathaniel Chalobah - Watford
MF: Amin Affane - Roda JC
MF: Thorgan Hazard - Zulte Waregem
ST: Patrick Bamford - MK Dons
So where in the Premier League would this team finish? Above the relegation zone?
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