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Where will Chelsea’s loanees be spending the 2020/21 season?

By Harry Edwards

Chelsea players on loan: 2020/21 season destinations by club

Published: 18:00, 8 September 2020

Amid the ongoing summer of signings at Stamford Bridge, which has seen several big-name players join Chelsea, one move has gone slightly under the radar.

While there has been excitement in the announcements of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva – all of whom join Hakim Ziyech as a new arrival – Malang Sarr’s move has not been met with similar fanfare.

The 21-year-old French centre-back joins on a free transfer having left Nice at the end of last season. A player the Blues had previously been linked with as far back as 2017, Sarr is regarded by some as the future of France’s defence, though his progress has been hampered by management at Nice.

While speaking of their delight in signing the young centre-back on a five-year deal, Chelsea announced Sarr would be spending the 2020/21 on loan. The loan system has been something Chelsea have used intensively over the years, sometimes having 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 deal with a strange upcoming campaign due to the delayed end of the 2019/20 season.

Chelsea currently have 14 confirmed players out on loan for the 2020/21 season, with more – including Sarr – 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 26-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.

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 will be looking to thrive at Vitesse.

Charlie Brown

Loaned to: Union Saint-Gilloise
Loan ends: End of season

Another Chelsea forward on loan, Charlie Brown was sent to Belgian second-tier club Union Saint-Gilloise in the January transfer window and has carried that deal on for another season.

The disruptions meant Brown has only played five competitive games for Union SG so far and he will be hopeful he can get a proper crack at the whip this time around.

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.

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.

Although the Ligue 1 season is underway, Chalobah is yet to make an appearance for Lorient, having joined shortly before the campaign started.

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 20-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 expected to fight with Billy Johnson for the number one spot – though Cumming was given the no.1 shirt.

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 for the upcoming campaign.

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 23-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.

Lucas Piazon

Loaned to: Rio Ave
Loan ends: End of season

One of the few Chelsea loanee class of 2020/21 to have made a first-team appearance, Piazon’s time at the club appears to be nearing its end.

The Brazilian, who made three appearances for Chelsea, joined Rio Ave on a two-year loan deal last summer and is about to enter that second campaign. His Chelsea contract is also up next summer, and he has previously spoken of his desire to leave the club.

Ike Ugbo

Loaned to: Cercle Brugge
Loan ends: End of season

Soon to be turning 21, Ike Ugbo is on his fifth loan spell away from Chelsea, joining Cercle Brugge on 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.

Teddy Sharman-Lowe 

Loaned to: Burton Albion
Loan ends: End of season

Initially signed from Burton this summer, the 17-year-old goalkeeper has returned to the League One club on loan for the season to further his development.

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.

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.

Ethan Ampadu

Loaned to: Sheffield United
Loan ends: End of season

The teenager’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 will be hoping to generate some serious minutes at the peak of football.