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Every Chelsea loanee ranked by success this season so far

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:24, 25 March 2019 | Updated: 17:25, 6 May 2019

Over the years, Chelsea have earned a bad reputation for their use of the loan system.

Every season the Blues send away a plethora of players to clubs over the globe either to train them for their first team, like Andreas Christensen or Ruben Loftus-Cheek, or to add value to their selling price, à la Nathan Ake.

At the same time, there have been failures with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah struggling to break through the loan cycle before being off-loaded and coming back to haunt Chelsea later on.

With Chelsea set for a transfer ban for the next two windows, the club could be forced to look at their current batch of loanees to bolster their squad.

But how have they been doing this season?

Squawka takes a look, and ranks the 42 – yes FORTY-TWO – Chelsea players currently out on loan below.

42. Charly Musonda

Club: Vitesse Arnhem

Position: Attacking midfielder

Age: 22

League appearances: 0

Musonda’s bad luck with injuries continues. The Belgium Under-21 international is yet to feature for Vitesse this season because of a knee problem.

41. Isaiah Brown

Club: Leeds United

Position: Forward

Age: 22

League appearances: 1

Izzy Brown has made just one substitute appearance for Leeds this season but it is not entirely his fault. The youngster has spent most of the season out recovering from surgery on a cruciate ligament injury he suffered while on loan at Brighton and has only recently returned to fitness.

40. Karlo Ziger

Club: Sutton United

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 17

League appearances: 0

The case of Ziger is a strange one, with the goalkeeper frequently returning to represent Chelsea at youth level despite being loaned out to Sutton United. Ziger has made one appearance for his loan side to date, in the FA Trophy against Spennymoor.

39. Lucas Piazon

Club: Chievo Verona

Position: Forward

Age: 25

League appearances: 3

Lucas Piazon has had a strange season, being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad without being named in a matchday squad. In January, the Brazilian joined Serie A strugglers Chievo but has managed just three appearances.

38. Jared Thompson

Club: Warrenpoint Town

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 20

League appearances: 5

It can be hard for a young goalkeeper to make the switch from youth to senior football, and Thompson has endured a tough time in the Northern Ireland Premiership. The 20-year-old has conceded at least four goals three times already in the league, though he did keep a clean sheet in his other two appearances.

37. Jack Wakely

Club: Basingstoke Town

Position: Centre-back

Age: 18

League appearances: n/a

The defender joined Chelsea’s Academy as an Under-9 and progressed through the ranks before signing his first professional deal in 2017.

His contract expires in 2020 and a loan in the Southern League Premier Division South suggests he will not secure a new one.

36. Josimar Quintero

Club: Lleida Esportiu

Position: Central midfield

Age: 22

League appearances: 16

After a slow start to the season, Quintero has become more involved at Spanish third division side Lleida, playing both as a winger and central midfielder. However, he has only completed one full match.

35. Baba Rahman

Clubs: Schalke, Reims

Position: Left-back

Age: 24

League appearances: 10

Rahman struggled to get into the Schalke team in his third successive season at the club and eventually returned to Chelsea before being loaned out to Reims. The left-back has since made 10 appearances in Ligue 1 and is enjoying a run in the first-team.

34. Christian Pulisic

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Winger

Age: 20

League appearances: 18

Christian Pulisic may have made 18 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season, but only seven have come since the American officially became a Chelsea player and re-joined the German club on loan. The 20-year-old has not had the best of seasons, struggling to displace those ahead of him while also dealing with minor injury problems.

33. Kylian Hazard

Club: Cercle Brugge

Position: Left-winger

Age: 23

League appearances: 17

The lesser-known of the Hazard footballing clan, Kylian did not make his Cercle Brugge debut until mid-October but has barely missed a game since, scoring four goals in 17 matches. His form this season convinced Cercle Brugge to make the move permanent with Hazard recently signing a four-year contract.

32. Josh Grant

Club: Yeovil Town

Position: Centre-back

Age: 20

League appearances: 8

Grant joined Yeovil in January and has made eight League Two appearances since. The 20-year-old has been tested at centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield so far but has been unable to help turn Yeovil’s fortunes around. He has been absent from the matchday squad on the last six occasions.

31. Fankaty Dabo

Club: Sparta Rotterdam

Position: Right-back

Age: 23

League appearances: 21

Fankaty Dabo had tested himself at the top level in the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem but hasn’t had too much success in the Dutch second division. The defender has missed¬†a handful of games for Sparta Rotterdam through injuries but has started in the club’s past six games.

30. Lewis Baker

Clubs: Leeds United, Reading

Position: Central midfielder

Age: 28

League appearances: 21

Baker, once a young midfielder of promise in the Chelsea academy, looked set for another year of struggle on loan as he failed to impress at Leeds. But, now with Reading, the 24-year-old has finally found his place, making 17 appearances alongside former Chelsea academy teammate John Swift.

29. Eduardo

Club: Vitesse Arnhem

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 36

League appearances: 27

The oldest loanee on the list, Eduardo’s Chelsea career had looked over before he signed a new deal and was sent off to Vitesse. In 27 Eredivisie appearances this season, the Portuguese goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets and conceded 39 goals. He hasn’t played in the past five matches.

28. Matt Miazga

Clubs: Nantes, Reading

Position: Centre-back

Age: 23

League appearances: 24

Hopes were once high for USA international Miazga but he hardly stood out in France, appearing just eight times for Nantes in Ligue 1. His fortunes slightly improved after joining Reading, where he started all-bar two games for the Championship strugglers before the season’s end.

27. Nathan

Club: Atletico Mineiro

Position: Winger

Age: 23

League appearances: 15

Nathan scored two goals and provided two assists in the Brazilian top-flight last season and has made three appearances in the Copa Libertadores so far in 2019.

26. Kasey Palmer

Clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City

Position: Attacking midfield

Age: 22

League appearances: 26

Injuries prevented Palmer from becoming a regular at Huddersfield and Derby, while an in-form Bradley Dack kept him out of the Blackburn team. But the 22-year-old found some favour at Bristol City, but missed the last three games of the season.

25. Kenneth Omeruo

Club: CD Leganes

Position: Centre-back

Age: 25

League appearances: 26

Following loan spells in England, the Netherlands and Turkey, Omeruo was sent to Spain for the first time last summer. And the Nigerian has helped Leganes steady the ship after a rocky start, featuring in the past 26 La Liga matches and recently included in La Liga ‘Team of the Week’.

24. Victorien Angban

Club: Metz

Position: Central midfielder

Age: 22

League appearances: 25

Metz are leading the way at the top of Ligue 2 and Ivorian midfielder Victorien Angban is helping as part of a three-man midfield. Switching roles between defensive midfield and a more central position, Angban has chipped in with one goal and two assists so far.

23. Michy Batshuayi

Clubs: Valencia, Crystal Palace

Position: Striker

Age: 25

League appearances: 25

Batshuayi had a bad time at Valencia, scoring just one goal in 15 La Liga games but has turned his season around slightly with Crystal Palace. The Belgian has already bettered his La Liga tally with three goals in 10 Premier League matches for Roy Hodgson’s men.

22. Victor Moses

Club: Fenerbache

Position: Winger

Age: 28

League appearances: 11

After being told he had no role at Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, Moses has done well at the start of his 18-month loan deal at Fenerbache. The Nigerian, back playing in his wing position, has scored twice in 11 games so far helping the side slowly move up the table.

21. Jacob Maddox

Club: Cheltenham Town

Position: Attacking midfielder

Age: 20

League appearances: 38

Youth player Maddox has made the first loan move of his career to League Two side Cheltenham, where he became a regular in various positions across the midfield, scoring and providing one assist to date.

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20. Kenedy

Club: Newcastle United

Position: Winger

Age: 23

League appearances: 24

After scoring twice in 13 games on loan at Newcastle last season, Kenedy returned to the northeast over the summer. However, after an impressive run of starts, the Brazilian has become somewhat of a fringe player.

19. Todd Kane

Club: Hull City

Position: Right-back

Age: 25

League appearances: 39

Following an impressive loan spell at Oxford United in League One last season, Kane has made the step up to the Championship. There, he has featured 39 times for Hull, the eighth loan club of his career.

18. Nathan Baxter

Club: Yeovil Town

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 20

League appearances: 34

Baxter got off to an impressive start in League Two, keeping seven clean sheets in his first 16 matches. But things have changed since then, with the 20-year-old missing out on three games having not kept a clean sheet since February.

17. Tomas Kalas

Club: Bristol City

Position: Centre-back

Age: 25

League appearances: 38

Kalas had looked to push for a permanent move away from Chelsea in the summer but nothing materialised and the Czech defender ended up on loan at Bristol City. The 25-year-old has played 38 games for the Robins in the Championship, helping his side almost keep their play-off dreams alive.

16. Michael Hector

Club: Sheffield Wednesday

Position: Centre-back

Age: 26

League appearances: 37

Michael Hector has never played for Chelsea in a competitive fixture, but he is a regular starter at the back for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship this season.

15. Jay Dasilva

Club: Bristol City

Position: Left-back

Age: 21

League appearances: 28

Dasilva has had a strange season with Bristol City, enjoying long spells in the team before being left out in bursts. But his performances have been good enough to see him linked with a permanent stay, made possible by a clause in his contract.

14. Bradley Collins

Club: Burton Albion

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 22

League appearances: 31

After a stuttering start, Collins has done well at Burton keeping 11 clean sheets in 31 League One games so far. The 22-year-old was also in goal as Burton reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup – though did have to pick the ball out of his net 10 times in two legs against Manchester City.

13. Mario Pasalic

Club: Atalanta

Position: Central midfield

Age: 24

League appearances: 30

Pasalic has been decent for Atalanta so far this season, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in 38 games across all competitions.

12. Trevoh Chalobah

Club: Ipswich Town

Position: Centre-back

Age: 19

League appearances: 43

A centre-back by nature, Trevoh Chalobah has been used in defensive midfield at Ipswich and is despite his potential, is currently in a tough spell with the recently relegated Tractor Boys. But the Englishman continues to show composure on the ball and promise for the future.

11. Alvaro Morata

Club: Atletico Madrid

Position: Striker

Age: 26

League appearances: 14

Things just weren’t working out for Morata at Chelsea, but the Spaniard appears to have found some luck back at his boyhood club. Morata has scored six goals in 14 La Liga games, which is a far better average than he achieved for the west Londoners this campaign.

10. Ola Aina

Club: Torino

Position: Right-back

Age: 22

League appearances: 28

Once deemed a potential successor at right-back for Chelsea, Ola Aina could see himself remain in Italy after an impressive spell with Torino. The Nigerian has missed just seven league games this season including a three-match suspension.

9. Danilo Pantic

Club: Partizan Belgrade

Position: Central midfielder

Age: 22

League appearances: 29

Pantic has proved to be an important player for Partizan since arriving in the summer, scoring five goals and providing three assists in the league and directly contributing to four goals (one goal, three assists) in eight Europa League appearances.

8. Dujon Sterling

Club: Coventry City

Position: Right-back

Age: 19

League appearances: 38

Coventry were pushing for a League One play-off spot this season with Sterling a regular at right-back. He provided five assists in 38 matches, playing over 2,500 minutes of league football.

7. Jake Clarke-Salter

Club: Vitesse Arnhem

Position: Centre-back

Age: 21

League appearances: 27

Another promising youngster at Chelsea being sent out on loan to Vitesse, Jake Clarke-Salter has impressed in his spell in the Netherlands so far and is an integral part of the Arnhem back line. A potential big name for the future.

6. Tiemoue Bakayoko

Club: AC Milan

Position: Defensive midfielder

Age: 24

League appearances: 28

After a season of struggles with Chelsea, Tiemoue Bakayoko endured a similarly slow spell at AC Milan where he failed to start for the Rossoneri until the end of October. However, his fortunes have drastically turned around with the Frenchman now almost indispensable for Milan, who currently occupy Serie A’s fourth and final Champions League spot, leading to talks of a potential permanent move.

5. Mason Mount

Club: Derby County

Position: Attacking midfielder

Age: 20

League appearances: 35

Mount’s excellent early season form in the Championship earned him an unlikely call-up to the senior England squad. His form has dipped slightly since then, combined with injury issues, but the teenager has already done enough to prove he could one day play regularly for Chelsea.¬† He has eight league goals to his name, with four assists as Derby prepares for their play-off adventures.

4. Kurt Zouma

Club: Everton

Position: Centre-back

Age: 24

League appearances: 31

Zouma has put in some superb displays alongside fellow centre-back Michael Keane this season, with the Frenchman remaining a big part of Marco Silva’s plans throughout the campaign. According to reports, Everton are considering a permanent signing.

3. Fikayo Tomori

Club: Derby County

Position: Centre-back

Age: 21

League appearances: 44

One of two Blues youngsters snapped up by Chelsea legend and Derby boss Frank Lampard, Tomori has played in 43 of the Rams’ league games so far this season and is putting in some impressive displays. So impressive, that he was named Derby County’s ‘Player of the Season’. Big potential.

2. Tammy Abraham

Club: Aston Villa

Position: Striker

Age: 21

League appearances: 37

After a pre-season with Chelsea, Tammy Abraham looked like he would be staying with the club as the third striker but would eventually leave for another loan spell back in the Championship with Aston Villa. The young striker has done exceptionally well at the Villans, scoring 25 league goals, including smashing four past Nottingham Forest in November.

1. Reece James

Club: Wigan Athletic

Position: Right-back

Age: 19

League appearances: 45

Reece James is currently on his first loan spell away from Chelsea and it could hardly have gone much better. The teenager has been brilliant for Wigan this season at right-back and in midfield. Chelsea fans have been watching James closely and are already calling for him to be first-choice right-back next season.