Is there a future at Chelsea for those currently out on loan?

Ryan Bertrand

Chelsea have a number of players out on loan, many of them youngsters, but have their efforts at Stoke City, Everton and Middlesbrough caught the eye?

Incredibly, Chelsea currently have 26 players out on loan – enough to fill an entire squad, and then some.

Of those plying their trade away from Stamford Bridge, eight remain on English shores.

None have dropped below the second tier, with Chelsea finding competitive football for youngsters of promise and those deemed surplus to requirements.

They will maintain that the door remains open to one and all, with it up to them to catch the eye and prove that they are deserving of a long-term future in west London.

Some, though, have convinced more than others, with it difficult to see how those struggling to make an impact outside of the capital have any hope of cutting it at the Premier League leaders.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoalsTotal Scoring AttTotal CrossFoulsTotal PassTouchesTotal Sub OffAppearancesMins Played
Victor Moses MF Stoke 3 1 14 54 10 145 377 6 8 591
Ryan Bertrand DF Southampton 1 1 3 35 9 399 643 0 10 900
Christian Atsu MF Everton 0 0 1 0 0 38 48 1 2 69
Patrick Bamford FW Middlesbrough 0 3 24 4 15 135 233 5 10 588
Nathaniel Chalobah MF Burnley 0 0 1 0 4 58 71 0 4 66
Kenneth Omeruo DF Middlesbrough 0 0 2 1 8 419 550 1 10 877
John Swift MF Rotherham 0 0 2 1 0 23 39 1 3 78

Victor Moses is starting to look like his old self at Stoke City, with the Nigeria international an unfortunate casualty of a transfer policy at Chelsea which has placed considerable emphasis on the recruitment of forward-thinking talent.

There would, however, appear to be little future for him back at his parent club – even when taking into account home-grown quotas – and the same applies to Ryan Betrand, with the hard-working left-back impressing at high-flying Southampton but behind Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis if he heads home.

Christian Atsu is held in high regard, with Chelsea having pursued him for some time, but he has been restricted to less than 70 minutes of action at Everton and if Roberto Martinez is not convinced, why should Jose Mourinho be?

Patrick Bamford has delivered in fits and starts at Championship side Middlesbrough and probably will be given his big break at some stage in the near future, while Riverside Stadium colleague Kenneth Omeruo was handed a new three-year contract in May.

John Swift is only 19 and still has time on his side, but needs to start standing out from the crowd, while it is difficult to see Nathaniel Chalobah fitting in at Chelsea given that he has struggled to rise above the mediocre at Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Burnley – having initially shone at Watford.

Finally, you have to feel for Jamal Blackman, the one man not mentioned on the list above. He could set the world alight at Middlesbrough but would still have Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois – a man just a year older – ahead of him at Stamford Bridge, suggesting that the time may have come for him to start revising his career plans.

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