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The club announced the Nathan Ake loan recall prior to the FA Cup match against Peterborough, giving the clubs more options on the flanks and in defensive midfield.

With rumours that the Blues needed more options defensively and departure of John Obi Mikel the Nathan Ake loan recall is a welcome move to provide more squad depth without breaking the bank.

Antonio Conte has lived up to his promise to promote from within rather than reinvest the funds that the sale of Oscar have generated.

Ake was due to spend the whole season on loan at Bournemouth, however he has shown himself to be ready to play at the highest level with some barnstorming performances for the Cherries.

Although seen by many as a centre back or defensive midfielder during his development, he was utilised as a left back. This gives Chelsea experienced cover at left back for Marcus Alonso. With Moses and Ivanovic for the

This gives Chelsea experienced cover at left back for Marcus Alonso. With Moses and Ivanovic for the right this gives a proper balance to the defensive cover with Cesar Azpilicueta playing in a back three.

Hopefully his recall is a signal that Conte will intend to give him meaningful game time, allowing Alonso to be rested from time to time.

Nathan Ake Loan Recall Like New Signing

Ake will return to the first team squad having already made 12 appearances for the Blues since signing in 2011.

His excellent form and Premier League experience will make him feel like a new signing to Chelsea fans. Having only made cameos between 2012 and 2015 with most of that time being spent on loan at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth.

We look forward to welcoming Ake back and hope that he will be a huge success as a permanent member of the Chelsea first team.

 

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