Of the 30 players Chelsea had out on loan this term, we pick four who could feature in the first team in 2014-15.
At one stage this past season, Chelsea had over 30 players out on loan. The list included notable names such as Victor Moses, Marko Marin, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt.
Michael Emenalo, who is the club’s technical director, is in charge of selecting where these players go and decide whether they are capable of breaking into the first team.
With so many players out on loan, it is difficult to judge who could play for Chelsea regularly, and who is destined to leave the club without making an impression at Stamford Bridge.
Moreover, with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play policy controlling the spending of big clubs in Europe, many of these players could be an important source of income as they could be offloaded permanently.
Below, we have picked four players who have the calibre to break into Jose Mourinho’s team next season and have also marked them based on their performances this campaign.
Thibaut Courtois (10/10) - The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has been superb this season and looks like he is capable of breaking into the first team immediately.
Romelu Lukaku (8/10) - The Belgian scored 15 goals for Everton this term and with Chelsea's striker frailties, it looks like they lost out.
Thorgan Hazard (8/10) - The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan was recognised as Belgium's Player of the Year. Mourinho was seen watching the attacking winger play on May 14 and is believed to be impressed with his form.
Kurt Zouma (7/10) - Bought by Chelsea for £12 million in January, the 19-year-old centre-back looks a great prospect and was left disappointed when he wasn't part of France's World Cup squad.
Mourinho will be aiming for improvements next season, and these four players could help the club return to winning trophies.