Nathan Ake has been called back to Chelsea from his loan move to Bournemouth. The talented player has had his loan move short-lived, and that is understandable.
Players usually get loaned out to other clubs to aid their development elsewhere, especially when there’s little room for that to happen at their parent club. However, that move can be cut short if the parent club has urgent need for the player in question, but in Ake’s case, I don’t see the reason for his return.
He was in fine form for Bournemouth, and did fine for himself, and I feel Conte should have allowed that to continue at least, until the end of the season. He has recalled the lad knowing that competition for places at Chelsea is high, and that might affect his game. Now that he is doing well, he should have been allowed to continue his growth at Bournemouth.
Ake can play in left-back, centre-back or holding midfield, and I’m sure you’ll agree that those spots aren’t the most free at Chelsea right now. Our middle is highly competed for, likewise the wings and central defence. What are the chances that Ake will be picked ahead of Alonso, Cahill or maybe Matic and Kante? Exactly!
One could argue that Conte probably brought him back as a backup, but even so, he would have been better off left with Eddie. Ake is at a time of his career when he needs all the game time he can get, because he has to mature, and as sad as it is to say this, he may not get that at Chelsea… now.