Chelsea loan review: Hazard, Courtois and van Aanholt all impress

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Thorgan Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Sam Walker, Wallace, Patrick van Aanholt, Lucas Piazon and Gael Kakuta all feature.

Jose Mourinho has been very honest with several of the higher profile players out on loan, preferring to see them gain regular first team experience with rivals rather than have them sat on the bench for the majority of the season at Stamford Bridge.

Here is a summary of how the more immediate first team prospects are getting on.

Thorgan Hazard

Eden Hazard’s brother is currently enjoying his second spell in Belgian football with Zulte Waregem.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has made a superb start to the current season scoring four goals in six matches.

He’s already surpassed his tally from last season for the club, which means progression and that’s exactly what Jose Mourinho will be looking for.

Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian goalkeeper has carried on where he left off last season with La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

He’s made three league appearances so far this season and should be the club’s number one heading into the Champions League. He’s closing in on 80 appearances for the Spanish side since he first joined them on loan.

He looks like a high quality, natural successor to Petr Cech in the current Chelsea first team despite speculation linking him with a permanent move away.

Sam Walker

One of the rivals to Courtois’ position as Chelsea number one in the future will be Sam Walker, currently playing for League One side Colchester United.

Walker has made seven appearances for Colchester so far this season. The spell in League One will benefit him in several ways with one of the main positives being the experience he’ll get from being subjected to a very competitive and physical league.

Todd Kane

Right back Todd Kane has had a great start to life in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers.

He’s made six appearances and has already scored his first goal for the club. He’s showcased natural talent at Chelsea in terms of speed and the consistency of his defensive play, mixed in with an ability to get forward frequently.

Again, it’s all about experience and whether he can improve on his first spell with Blackburn where he made 14 appearances for the club last season.

Wallace

The 19-year-old defender is playing Serie A football with Inter Milan this season making just one appearance as a substitute so far.

The aim of this loan deal seems to be for him to gain more experience in and around a first team setup than Chelsea can offer him.

That will benefit him mentally and professionally and if he can accumulate a decent number of games over the coming season, he should return to Stamford Bridge as a better player.

Patrick van Aanholt

Full back Patrick van Aanholt is currently enjoying his third spell on loan with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

He’s made five appearances for the club so far this season, all as starts, which shows he’s hitting the nail on the head in terms of consistency.

He can use this spell with the side to push on and return to Stamford Bridge as a very realistic alternative for Jose Mourinho to use when Ashley Cole is unavailable at left back.

Lucas Piazon

Piazon is also with Vitesse Arnhem and has made three appearances so far this season in their midfield.

The difference between this loan spell and the period he had with Malaga last season is that he’s starting games; he appeared as a sub for Malaga on nine occasions over the second half of last season.

He’s unfortunate to occupy a position where the Chelsea first team already has plenty of cover but if he continues to play well he’ll do his chances of getting a first team chance no harm at all.

Gael Kakuta

Kakuta joins Piazon in the Vitesse Arnhem midfield although he’s yet to make his first appearance for the club this season.

Kakuta scored just once in 22 appearances for the club last season, which means his aim for this campaign is very simple; better that tally and make a name for himself in Dutch football.

Sam Hutchinson

The 24-year-old centre back is desperately trying to do enough to get a chance in Chelsea’s current back four.

He’s also on loan at Vitesse, yet to make an appearance and it’s all about getting games after just nine appearances for Nottingham Forest over the last two years.

Marko Marin

German midfielder Marko Marin is on loan with La Liga club Sevilla where he has so far made just two appearances this season.

It’s his first major crack at first team football following his £7 million arrival at Chelsea from German side Werder Bremen.

Similarly to Piazon, he will be doing anything to draw a bit of attention from Mourinho who already has a tremendous variety of players to choose from at Stamford Bridge.

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