A round-up of how Chelsea’s loan stars got on at the weekend.
Chelsea’s first-team are not back in action until Monday evening when they take on Stoke City in a bid to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table back to three points. But while Jose Mourinho will be fully focused on that encounter, a number of his younger stars will have been hoping to catch his eye this weekend.
Here we take a look at how some of Chelsea’s loan stars got on.
Bertrand Traore had a match to remember for Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday as the 19-year-old scored two goals in a 3-1 win against Heracles.
The Burkina Faso player started in the centre of a front-three and showed why he is rated so highly by his parent-club.
Fellow Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran came on as a second-half substitute to make his 14th appearance of the campaign.
Patrick Bamford and Kenneth Omeruo both started Middlesbrough’s Championship match against Ipswich Town but the defender could not prevent his side falling to a 2-0 defeat and the striker could not add to his recent goal-tally.
Prior to this match Bamford had scored six goals in his last seven matches but he drew a blank against an Ipswich side enjoying a great campaign.
Defender Omeruo was replaced in the 62nd minute by Tottenham Hotspur loanee Milos Veljkovic.
Oriol Romeu – Stuttgart
Oriol Romeu played the whole of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga match against Paderborn on Saturday.
The Spanish midfielder – who has previously made 33 appearances for Chelsea – has now played 17 times since moving to Germany and he has now helped his side to a three-game undefeated streak.
Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Monchengladbach
Belgian midfielder Thorgan Hazard started Borussia Monchengladbach’s league match against Augsburg on Saturday but he could not inspire his side to a win.
The hosts won 2-1, leaving Chelsea’s other Hazard without an assist for the first time in four league matches.
Lucas Piazon – Eintracht Frankfurt
Chelsea’s young Brazilian Lucas Piazon started his first Bundesliga match in over two months this weekend, as the 20-year-old was selected to play against Bayer Leverkusen.
Frankfurt were just seven minutes away from sealing a 1-0 win but ultimately dropped two points after a late equaliser, but Piazon saw out the match and will be hoping to experience plenty more action in the weeks ahead.