To some, loan deals might mean you aren’t good enough for the club, you can’t fight for a shirt at the club or that you aren’t good enough for the club. Many Chelsea youngsters who have gone on loan have toed this path, and became mediocre at the end.
However, a loan move could also be an opportunity to get game time, perfect your skills, boost your confidence and learn more things about the game from a different team, manager and environment. We’ve seen so many Chelsea players (former and present) who have boosted their careers through loan spells. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nathan Ake and Tammy Abraham are worthy mentions.
In the current Chelsea squad, there are some players who have the potential to be great, but might not get the opportunity to reach their potentials if they remain at Stamford Bridge. If these players remain at the club, their careers will definitely get stagnated, and they might never get back their confidence.
These three young players ought to go on loan at the end of the season.
The Belgian was secured during the summer from French giants, Olympique Marseille for a fee worth over £30 million. His first two games for the club went according to script, but since then his luck has dwindled and stuttered.
He’s yet to start a Premier League game, he’s short of confidence, he hasn’t won the trust of his manager and he hasn’t done enough to dislodge star striker Diego Costa, or even earn a start in his absence.
But in all, one could see the potential in the 23-year-old. His first season at the club might not have gone according to plan, but a loan move to a Premier League club could help him understand the terrain better and be a better player.
The academy product is rated as one of the biggest things to have come out of the Chelsea academy. He is yet to cement his place in the Chelsea first team since graduating from the academy, and he hasn’t left the club on loan.
At age 21, the midfielder should be taking the next step forward in his career, and even the young midfielder has recently acknowledged that he ought to be playing more games at this stage of his career.
His performance in the FA Cup this season has shown that indeed he’s worth the hype, and all he needs is game time with a club and manager that trusts him.
Of the four academy products in the Chelsea team, Ola Aina is the only one that’s yet to start a game for Chelsea. He’s way down the pecking order and isn’t anywhere close to cementing a place in the Chelsea bench. He’s among a generation of youngsters with great potential to have come out of the Chelsea academy, and a loan deal is just what he needs to blossom.
These three Chelsea players have the potential to be among the best in the Premier League, but if they must reach that height, then they should go on loan.