35 Chelsea players are currently out on loan and Chelsea coach, Eddie Newton has defended the policy of loaning out players as he believes the loan system is a tool for Chelsea to develop players in a senior league instead of playing under-21s football. Newton is loan technical coach at Chelsea, which means he is in charge of the 35 Chelsea players currently out on loan.
Newton said in an interview with anti-racism group Kick It Out: “What they don’t see is the due care and process that the club puts into our players. I oversee the loan programme and I’ve got two coaches next to me, plus four analysts, medical staff and a conditioner for all of the loan players.
“We run it seamlessly considering there’s 35 players – everyone gets seen, everyone gets analysis and feedback on their games, and physical updates.
“So you can slander our loan process as much as you want, but some of our loan players who are in Germany and Spain are getting looked after better than some clubs who are supposed to look after the players that are right in front of them. I’m very proud of it.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating for the players because everyone wants to play first team but only eleven players can get in there, but the loan system is a tool for us to develop players in a senior league instead of playing under-21s football.
“Every player is different – some will produce very quickly, but others take time to come to fruition.
“With the money that’s in the league, top clubs are under pressure to win titles and bring in the best players, but we have a belief at this club that we’ve got an abundance of talent that in the next three years are capable of pushing to at least be a permanent squad member, and then it’s up to them to see whether they push on to become a number one in the side.”