About 40 Chelsea players were out on loan last season in order to get regular playing time that couldn’t be guaranteed in the first team.
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists every player will be given a chance to prove their worth and several players that spent the last season away on loan are currently in Ireland for the training camp.
According to Daily Mirror, these three Chelsea players have the best chances of stepping up to the first team in the new season:
1. Michy Batshuayi
“The 25-year-old has endured a frustrating career in England thus far. He signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and has been on the fringes ever since. He struggled to break into the first team and was desperate to play consistent first-team football. The Blues sent Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and things started brightly for the Belgian as he scored twice on debut. However, he suffered an ankle injury in April 2018 and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. A loan spell to forget at Valencia followed, and it was cut short in favour of a loan move to Crystal Palace , where he scored 5 goals in 11 games,” according to Daily Mirror.
2. Mason Mount
“The young English midfielder has been with his parent club since the age of six. He represented the Chelsea under-18s when he under-15 and has gone on to play for the England national team at every youth level. However, he has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea’s first team and dropped down to the championship on a season-long loan last summer. Under the tutelage of Frank Lampard, Mount had a terrific season and was perilously close to helping Derby return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2007/08 season. With the departure of Eden Hazard and Chelsea banned from signing any players, the 20-year-old will know this is his chance to make his mark at Stamford Bridge,” according to Daily Mirror.
3. Kurt Zouma
“The Chelsea defender’s career appeared to be heading in the right direction when he was starting regularly alongside John Terry in the 2015/2016 season. Disaster struck however, as the Frenchman ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in February 2016, ruling him out for the rest of the season and missing nine months of action. He returned to action in October 2016 and was subsequently sent on loan to stoke City the following season. After a solid season at the Bet365 stadium, he had another consistent season on loan at Everton. With the loan spell now over, Zouma will be hoping to nail down a starting place at Chelsea next season,” according to Daily Mirror.