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How are Chelsea’s 2020/21 season loanees faring?

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:25, 14 January 2021

The winter transfer window is currently open, and once again Chelsea boast a large number of players as part of their “Loan Army”.

Over the years Chelsea have built a reputation of send a lot of their younger players on loan to gain experience, with the likes of current first-teamers Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James all benefitting.

But they have also used the loan system to reduce the number of their squad, temporarily moving on those who aren’t part of their immediate plans, or those they just can’t sell. At its peak, Chelsea had as many as 42 players out at one time.

There were proposed rules to cut down on this, however their implementation has been delayed for now, as clubs would deal with a strange upcoming campaign due to the delayed end of the 2019/20 season.

Chelsea currently have 29 confirmed players out on loan for the 2020/21 season, with more still expected to join them. But where have they been sent?

Jamal Blackman

Loaned to: Rotherham United
Loan ends: End of season

Jamal Blackman has had a tough few years, with injuries hampering various loan spells across Europe. Last season, the 27-year-old made just 10 appearances while at Vitesse and Bristol Rovers, all of which came at the latter between January and March.

The goalkeeper, whose contract is up next summer, is now on his eighth loan spell away from Chelsea, this time linking up with Championship side Rotherham. To date Blackman has made 16 league appearances but only managed to keep two clean sheets whilst shipping in 24 goals.

Armando Broja

Loaned to: Vitesse
Loan ends: End of season

After Blackman failed to make an appearance for Vitesse last season, it appeared the link between the Dutch club and Chelsea was fading, but Armando Broja has proven it is alive.

The Albanian teenager was one of a handful of academy products given their first-team debut at Chelsea by Frank Lampard last season, coming on in the club’s 4-0 win over Everton. A forward with bundles of potential, Broja has netted five Eredivisie goals across 12 outings so far.

Isaiah Brown

Loaned to: Sheffield Wednesday
Loan ends: End of season

A serial loanee of Chelsea’s, Izzy Brown is on his seventh temporary move away from the Blues, this time joining Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

Like Blackman, Brown has suffered from some frustrating loan spells but enjoyed his time with Luton in the Championship, scoring one goal and recording seven assists in 25 games. He’d go on to make 14 appearances for the Owls before murmurings of a potential recall to Stamford Bridge.

Trevoh Chalobah

Loaned to: Lorient
Loan ends: End of season

Having impressed in his loans at Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town so far, featuring in both defence and midfield, Trevoh Chalobah has made the move to France, with newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Lorient and to date he’s made 12 league appearances.

Jamie Cumming

Loaned to: Stevenage
Loan ends: End of season

Jamie Cumming was a feature on the Chelsea bench under both Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard at times over the past two seasons, but the 21-year-old will be getting his first taste of senior football in 2020/21.

The goalkeeper has been sent on a season-long loan to League Two club Stevenage and immediately became their number one. To date he’s featured 19 times whilst registering six clean sheets.

Marc Guehi

Loaned to: Swansea City
Loan ends: End of season

Marc Guehi spent the second half of 2019/20 on loan at Swansea in the Championship, his first move away from Chelsea.

The English centre-back, who also made his first-team debut for Chelsea last season, played 12 times for the Swans and was a big part of their play-off push. It’s clear both parties felt positively about his spell, with Guehi being loaned back to Swansea and so far made 20 appearances for the Championship side.

Danilo Pantic

Loaned to: Cukaricki
Loan ends: End of season

A loanee not many outside of Chelsea would have heard of, Serbian midfielder Danilo Pantic is on his fifth temporary move away from Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old, whose contract expires next summer, was signed by Chelsea on a free transfer from Partizan Belgrade in 2015 and has featured for the likes of Vitesse, Excelsior and Partizan so far. At his new club Cukaricki he’s created three goals across 13 league outings.

Ike Ugbo

Loaned to: Cercle Brugge
Loan ends: End of season

Having turned 22 last autumn, Ike Ugbo is on his fifth loan spell away from Chelsea, joining Cercle Brugge for a season.

And he has already got off to a flying start, scoring on his debut in a 3-2 win over MV Mechelen before adding nine more.

Teddy Sharman-Lowe 

Loaned to: Burton Albion
Loan ends: End of season

Initially signed from Burton last summer, the 17-year-old goalkeeper has returned to the League One club on loan for the season to further his development. He’s yet to make a league appearance with his outings exclusively coming in domestic competitions.

Tariq Uwakwe

Loaned to: Accrington Stanley
Loan ends: End of season

The 20-year-old midfielder will be spending his first season away from west London, and Stanley will be hoping he can have a major impact in League One. And he’s certainly done that so far, with four goals in 14 games including a hat-trick in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Kenedy 

Loaned to: Granada
Loan ends: End of season

The 24-year-old enjoyed a productive loan spell with Newcastle two seasons ago, but he now spends a lot of his time in La Liga.

Having turned out for Getafe last term, the Brazilian has returned to Spain, this time linking up with Granada for the season. So far he’s made 14 appearances in La Liga, scoring once and creating two more.

Ethan Ampadu

Loaned to: Sheffield United
Loan ends: End of season

The 20-year-old’s loan move to Champions League semi-finalist RB Leipzig last season proved a bit of a damp squib, with just three Bundesliga appearances to show for. He has returned to another top-flight club this campaign, this time in the guise of Sheff Utd, where he’s made 12 Premier League appearances so far.

Michy Batshuayi

Loaned to: Crystal Palace
Loan ends: End of season

The Belgian enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Selhurst Park in 2019 and has now returned to south London have fallen even further behind in the Chelsea pecking order following the acquisition of Timo Werner. Roy Hogdson will be hoping the 27-year-old can find some goalscoring rhythm as his side netted the second-least number of Premier League goals last season (31). But after 10 league appearances he’s yet to find the net.

Conor Gallagher

Loaned to: West Brom
Loan ends: End of season

Gallagher had temporary stint with Swansea in the Championship last season, in which the midfielder linked up with Steve Cooper, the manager responsible for England U17’s World Cup victory in 2017. Gallagher was part of that historic squad and will now test his luck in the top flight with West Brom; after 13 appearances he’s scored twice, making him their leading marksman.

Lewis Baker

Loaned to: Trabzonspor
Loan ends: End of season

The perpetual loanee has, surprise surprise, been loaned out yet again this season. At 25, Baker is somehow still at Chelsea and yet to appear in the Premier League for the club. His latest move takes him to Turkey, where he initially played under former Chelsea midfielder and coach Eddie Newton, after 15 league appearances he’s found the net just once.

Davide Zappacosta

Loaned to: Genoa
Loan ends: End of season

The 28-year-old full-back spent last season in Serie A with Roma and he has now returned to his homeland, this time landing a temporary gig at Genoa. With Reece James exploding onto the scene, Zappacosta continues to be surplus to requirements and will spend another year away from the capital. He’s so far made seven Serie A appearances for Genoa though Zappacosta missed a chunk of games through a serious injury.

Luke McCormick

Loaned to: Bristol Rovers
Loan ends: End of season

The 21-year-old turned out for Shrewsbury Town last campaign but only made eight appearances before returning to Stamford Bridge in January. He will now have another crack at League One as Bristol Rovers confirmed his signature on a season-long loan. To date McCormick featured 14 times in the league scoring once.

Ethan Wady

Loaned to: Dartford
Loan ends: January 2021

American teenager Wady has joined National League South side Dartford until January. The 18-year-old goalkeeper will spend his third loan spell away from the club, having turned out for Stevenage U18 two seasons ago, and Tooting & Mitcham FC that same term. He’s yet to debut for his new side.

Ross Barkley

Loaned to: Aston Villa
Loan ends: End of season

The Villans have bolstered their squad further with the signing of Barkley for the season. The England international, like Batshuayi, has seen his place in Lampard’s first-team plans scuppered by the club’s summer spending spree. With the midfield area bursting at the seams by a queue of elite talent, Barkley has sought opportunities elsewhere, perhaps in the hope of restoring his international career with the Euros fast approaching. He’d join Aston Villa though a promising start was curtailed after sustaining a serious knee injury.

Jon Russell

Loaned to: Accrington Stanley
Loan ends: End of season

Teenage midfielder Jon Russell has embarked on his first loan spell away from Stamford Bridge, moving to Lancashire to don the colours of Accrington Stanley in League One for the season. He links up with fellow Chelsea loanee Tariq Uwakweand to date he’s scored two league goals across 10 outings.

Matt Miazga

Loaned to: Anderlecht
Loan ends: End of season

American centre-back Matt Miazga has joined Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht for the campaign. A shrewd move on paper for the 25-year-old, who will no doubt be hoping some of Kompany’s centre-back gold dust can rub off on him. So far he’s made 11 league appearances for the Belgian giants.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Loaned to: Napoli
Loan ends: End of season

It is back to Serie A for Bakayoko, who had a brief hiatus from Italian football last season as he spent 2019/20 at Monaco. His last stint in Italy for Milan proved fruitful and he will be hoping to produce similar showings for Napoli, whom he joined on deadline day. He’s so far scored once across 13 league outings.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Loaned to: Fulham
Loan ends: End of season

The 24-year-old is yet to rediscover his form since suffering that horrific achilles injury. His last loan spell away from Chelsea proved a breakthrough one as he dazzled in south London for Crystal Palace. He was back on the M25 on deadline day, this time joining early strugglers Fulham for the campaign. He injected some life into their campaign and now stands on one goal from 12 appearances.

Nathan Baxter

Loaned to: Accrington Stanley
Loan ends: End of season

The third Chelsea loanee sent to Accrington Stanley for the season is Nathan Baxter, who had been Lampard’s third-choice goalkeeper until Edouard Mendy was signed. This will be Baxter’s sixth loan spell away from Chelsea, with the 22-year-old spending last season at Ross County. So far he’s made three league appearances subsequently keeping a clean sheet in each.

Juan Castillo

Loaned to: ADO Den Haag
Loan ends: End of season

There has been a lot of doubt surrounding Juan Castillo’s future at Chelsea, with some believing he would leave the club last summer. But, after a loan spell at Jong Ajax, Castillo is once again temporarily in his native Netherlands, this time at ADO Den Haag after briefly representing AZ.

Marco van Ginkel

Loaned to: PSV
Loan ends: End of season

To some, Marco van Ginkel still being a Chelsea player will come as a huge surprise, but the Dutch midfielder has had rotten luck with injuries. Chelsea have stuck by Van Ginkel during that time but he may be ready to leave the club when his contract is up. Until then, he has been loaned to PSV where he enjoyed arguably his best spell previously.

Malang Sarr

Loaned to: FC Porto
Loan ends: End of season

Malang Sarr was one of Chelsea’s new signings last summer and in his announcement it was revealed he would be sent on loan. But it took a while for that loan to come to fruition, with Porto his destination. He’s so far made five league appearances for the Dragons this season.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Loaned to: Birmingham
Loan ends: End of season

After an impressive loan spell there last season, Jake Clarke-Salter has returned to Birmingham City for the current campaign. So far the 23-year-old defender has made six appearances for the Championship side.

Ian Maatsen

Loaned to: Charlton
Loan ends: End of season

Ian Maatsen made his first-team debut under Frank Lampard last season and has now been sent on loan for the first time, joining League One club Charlton. To date he’s made 14 league appearances.

Victor Moses

Loaned to: Spartak Moscow
Loan ends: End of season

Having played his way into the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte, Victor Moses has returned to the Loan Army, joining Spartak Moscow for the rest of the season. And he has had a good start, scoring one goal in nine games so far.