Chelsea are a team spoiled for choice, to the point that they send many of their younger talents out on loan. In fact no club in world football sent more players out on loan last season than Chelsea - a quite astonishinh statistic.
Yesterday, they started their 2014-15 loan out cycle by sending Czech international defender Tomas Kalas to Bundesliga side 1.FC Koln on loan for the season.
The talented defender has been out on loan before - at perennial Chelsea borrowers Vitesse of the Eredivisie. But he might have felt that this stage of his career, going out on loan to get first-team football was over - after his impressive Premier League debut last season.
Kalas was handed a shock start against Liverpool in something of a title decider at the end of the season - in a game in which he shackled Luis Suarez and the most potent attack in the Premier League at the time.
When it was announced that Chelsea would be moving David Luiz on to Paris-Saint Germain when the Transfer Window reopens Kalas' chances of first-team football at Stamford Bridge appeared to improve again.
But the arrival of Kurt Zouma has not helped his cause with this deal clearly indicating he would not be staying at the club.
So what do Chelsea fans make of the decision to let a player, who infamously referred to himself as a 'training cone' at Chelsea, leave after such an impressive turn against perhaps the world's best striker?
A mixed reaction is probably the best way to describe it. Many a Chelsea fan is tired of watching their top young talents being shipped out on loan season upon season and would like to see them given a chance to shine in the first-team. They have invested heavily in the academy - but as it stands nobody seems set to get a chance at fulfilling the club's academy ambition.
However others will disagree. Kalas would not have been a regular next campaign - so why have him sitting on the bench when he could instead be of use in the Bundesliga and gaining regular first-team football.
Here is some of the reaction from Twitter to the deal...
Oh no kalas is being loaned! Gutted— Aaron ze'special one (@azza_bungle_85) June 11, 2014
Would've liked to see Kalas in the squad next season, gutted— Luiz. (@loiloit) June 11, 2014
Really annoyed that Kalas is going out on loan again. It's clearly a sign that Zouma is staying and Varane might be coming. #CFC— Ryan Goodman (@TheRyanGoodman) June 11, 2014
Am disappointed with kalas departure.i'll even be more annoyed if we buy a new CB. @CHELSEAFC— Peter CFC (@petercfc57) June 11, 2014
Just seen that Tomas Kalas is going to Koln on loan for next season. Very good move, get him some first team experience. Quality defender— Ben Lawton (@_BenLawton) June 11, 2014
I think it's a great move for kalas and chelsea my opinion he is 5th choice centre back and the lad needs games good luck kalas— andrew baker (@andrewbaker642) June 11, 2014
I don't like this loan move of Kalas, was looking forward to see more of him next season, such a good player... good luck in Germany. #CFC— Anirbit (@AplusDCFC) June 11, 2014
Kalas on loan at Cologne. His career is going just like that of Nemanjia Matic. Expect Chelsea to sign Kalas back on 2018 for £25m.— Blue Hatchet Man (@shaunkrish) June 12, 2014