Five Chelsea youngsters who should look for loan moves this season

Chelsea are set to return from their pre-season tour, but who should leave the club on loan this campaign?

Chelsea are renowned for their large squad of players, many of whom spend time away from Stamford Bridge on loan. Last season saw a combined total of 27 loan deals, with both reserve and youth players joining other clubs as they attempted to impress the Chelsea management with consistent first-team football.

Some of these players went on to impress in the Blues' pre-season tour of Europe, although it is unlikely that these individuals will break through into the first team this season.

Other players did not get a chance to feature in a Chelsea shirt in pre-season, and still need time before they can impress enough to earn a place in the first team.

Manager Jose Mourinho has already confirmed which youngsters will be in his plans this season, and, for everyone else, a loan move represents a good career path.

Therefore, here are five players who should look to move away from Chelsea this season to become Stamford Bridge regulars in the future.

Nathaniel Chalobah

England Under-21 international Chalobah built himself a strong reputation during a loan spell with Watford in the 2012/13 season. He was a key player as the Hornets reached the play-off final, displaying a maturity way beyond his years and contributing his share of goals from the midfield - including a long distance screamer against Leicester City.

The 2013/14 season seemed to stunt his progress, with spells at Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough not living up to his previous heights. The 19-year old has long been highly regarded by Chelsea - rewarded by a place on the bench at the age of 15 - and he has featured in two pre-season tours.

However, competition for both the defensive and midfield positions is high, and a loan to a Premier League club would allow Chalobah to impress in the top flight under the watchful eyes of Jose Mourinho.

Josh McEachran

Something of the lost man at Stamford Bridge, McEachran broke onto the scene as a 17-year old when he made his competitive debut as a substitute in the Champions League.

The deep-lying playmaker feature regularly in matchday squads under Carlo Ancelotti, who appreciated his cultured approach to the game of football. However, a series of loan moves - including one to Premier League side Swansea City - failed to work out, and the England youth international is now 21 - the age when he should start making a first team impact.

It appears as if his future is destined to lie away from Stamford Bridge, although if he can secure a Premier League loan this season, then it could be his last chance to impress the Chelsea management in the top flight - convincing the Blues that he is worth keeping.

Jeremie Boga

Boga has been with Chelsea since the age of 11, moving from French club ASPTT Marseille. The attacking midfielder has long featured in games way above his age group, regularly turning out for the Under-21s last season at just 17.

He has impressed this pre-season, scoring once goals and supplying pace and eagerness to an otherwise uninspired attack. Despite his young age, he has not looked out of place among the talents of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres, and the Frenchman has apparently carried over his form from last season, during which he scored once and assisted four times.

It is unlikely that a Premier League club would be willing to take a chance on such a young player - especially one who has never featured professionally before - although a top end Championship club looking for a creative outlet should focus heavily on his talents.

Highly adept at solo runs through the final third of the pitch, Boga can single-handedly influence the outcome of games. He could be the star man in a Championship team, and many should be looking to take him on.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Englishman Loftus-Cheek has been based in West London since the age of eight and was captain of the FA Youth Cup winning side of 2014. The 18-year old also featured for the Under-21 Premier League-winning team last season, as well as registering good statistics in the UEFA Youth Champions League.

The midfielder - who can feature in both attacking and defensive capacities - has long been held in high regard, impressing in two post-season friendlies against Manchester City in 2013. He recently signed an extension to an already high-value contract, and it is clear that the club have big hopes for his future.

If he remains with the Blues this season, then it is likely that he will be a central part of their Under-21 set-up, although a move to a Championship or a low level Premier League club could be more beneficial to his career. He has shown remarkable energy in his appearances across multiple age groups, and a long season of professional football would unlikely appear daunting to him.

However, a club looking to take on Loftus-Cheek would have to focus play heavily along the ground, with his style appealing to the quick and technical side of the game.

Charly Musonda

Musonda progressed at a rapid rate throughout the duration of last season, scoring five times for the FA Youth Cup-winning team. His coach at the Anderlecht academy rated the 17-year-old as a better prospect than Manchester United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj, and his goal-scoring exploits certainly suggest that such a statement may be true.

The Belgian has netted a selection of incredible strikes during his short career, while also impressing with his playmaking abilities; he has been compared to Barcelona and Spain legend Andreas Iniesta. Despite his talents, his young age limits him with a slight frame, meaning a loan to the Championship could be influenced by the physicality of the team he plays in.

While he would impress on a technical level, there is a suggestion that games would pass him by as he battles with larger men. However, if he was to move to the Championship and impress, then there would be no doubting that he could make it at the top level - as he shows that he can dictate games with his mind rather than his body.

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