Nigerian, Dutch and Belgian internationals feature; but what should Chelsea do with them in the summer?
Chelsea have plenty of players out on loan this season with some looking like playing their way into the reckoning and others putting themselves in the shop window.
We take a look at five of the clubs defensive options currently plying their trade elsewhere and ask; who should they blood in next season?
Jeffrey Bruma - Hamburg
His current club Hamburg have decided not to take up a permanent transfer option and bring him to the Imtech Arena so he will return to Chelsea in the summer.
Despite never truly making anything like a breakthrough in London the 21-year-old centre-back has featured on four occasions for the senior Dutch national team; selections based largely on his form for the Jong Oranje under-21’s outfit.
Once dubbed the heir to John Terry he has not played in the first team since being run ragged in the 9-2 loss to Bayern Munich at the end of March and whether he is good enough for Chelsea remains in doubt.
Decision: DITCH HIM!
Kenneth Omeruo - ADO Den Haag
The Nigerian has serious pace to burn and an incredible composure on the ball all of which have come in handy as a regular at Eredivisie outfit ADO Den Haag.
While only 19-years-old he is mature beyond his years and has become a central figure at the heart of the Nigerian national teams defence; playing in the final of the triumphant African Nations win in South Africa earlier in the year.
Decision: GIVE HIM A CHANCE!
Patrick Van Aanholt - Vitesse Arnhem
The 22-year-old has been out on a series of loan spells since arriving from PSV Eindhoven in 2007.
This season however the left-back has been in great form as Vitesse Arnhem have fought for the title in the Eredivisie.
It all depends on who you rate more; Ryan Bertrand or Van Aanholt but at 22-years-old a decision has to be made.
Decision: DITCH HIM!
Todd Kane - Blackburn Rovers
The right-back signed a new contract with Chelsea at the end of last season that shows the belief the club have in his talents.
The 19-year-old has emerged as an excellent member of the Blackburn Rovers side who have steered themselves to safety in recent weeks.
Next season has come too soon but another loan spell would do him good.
Decision: LOAN HIM!
Thibaut Courtois - Atletico Madrid
Technically not a defender per se but we always talk of the back five and the last line of defence is the goalkeeper.
Possibly the best young keeper in the whole of Europe the Belgian has the problem of Petr Cech ahead of him in the pecking order.
There is little point calling him back to sit on the bench but how much longer will the Belgian international wait patiently when there is a queue of clubs ready to make him their undisputed number one.
Decision: APPROACH WITH CAUTION!
What would you do with these five defensive players next season?
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