How do Chelsea make room for Lucas Piazon next season?

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Lucas Piazon has been sensational already on loan this season, so how can Chelsea use him next year?

We are just a third of the way through the season, but already it is safe to describe Lucas Piazon's spell on loan away from Chelsea at Vitesse as a success.

Piazon was the Brazilian wonderkid who led the Blues to FA Youth Cup success in 2012, and made his Premier League debut last December under Rafa Benitez.

He was then loaned to Malaga in January where he got games and showed flashes of his talent, and has gone onto blossom at Vitesse Arnhem on loan so far this season.

In 12 games he has bagged seven goals and provided four assists, where they top the table after 14 games, two points ahead of Ajax.

In anticipation of Piazon continuing his good form, now should be a good time to ask how Jose Mourinho makes room for him next season?

Piazon, an attacking midfielder is unfortunate in that he plays in a position which holds more competition than any other player in the Chelsea squad, and even involvement next season is not guaranteed.

His success this season at Vitesse has come playing on the left wing, a position usually occupied at Chelsea by Eden Hazard, sometimes rotated for Andre Schurrle.

Both players are recent additions to Chelsea's squad, and unlikely to be moved anywhere soon.

Piazon being brought into the squad could see Schurrle moved out onto the right more, where he has started two Premier League games this term, and Piazon deployed as Eden Hazard's deputy.

Option two, is one which can come about only if something happens which Chelsea fans don't want to see takes place: Juan Mata is sold.

Oscar is the clear favoured choice at present for Jose Mourinho centrally, and Piazon could be brought inside to cover for his fellow Brazilian. younger and less experience than Mata he may be, but likewise he would be more likely to accept a lesser role.

The third possibility is that Piazon does not come back next season at all. Chelsea may say to him, 'OK you have destroyed the Eredivisie, now go and prove it in a stronger league.'

Young players like Ryo Miyaichi and John Guidetti are examples of two who have dazzled in Holland, only to return to their Premier League clubs and struggle to have an impact. Chelsea could send Piazon back to La Liga or Serie A to better prepare himself for Premier League football.

The good news is a decision does not have to be made now, but as Mourinho plans for the future, Piazon is a young player he needs to make room for, or risk seeing his talent go to waste or move on elsewhere.

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