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Five Forgotten Chelsea Players That May Flourish Due To Transfer Ban

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The transfer ban means that Chelsea’s forgotten loan army are the only resources available to the new manager to strengthen the squad

Chelsea loaned out more than 40 players last season and it may feel that going on loan is like going to a casino where you cannot work out if you are the house or not.

These are players who went to play for everyone from European giants such as AC Milan down to minnows both domestically and far flung parts of the world.

Some have played for previous Blues managers and will be hoping to be welcomed back into the fold such as Victor Moses or Kurt Zouma. Whereas others will be hoping that a change in management will end their years out on loan (Todd Kane).

Then there are the true outcasts such as Baba Rahman who will appear like a new signing should he be drafted into the squad as cover at left back.

The Impact of The Transfer Ban

A transfer ban means that aside from Christian Pusilic there will be no one from outside the club coming to strengthen the squad.

This means that there will be space in the squad in virtually every position.

The departure of Eduardo and Robert Green means that there is a need for a back up goalkeeper. In defence Gary Cahill and potentially Marcos Alonso will need to be replaced. In midfield a change in system may see some gaps for a squad midfielder or two.

Players That May Experience A Resurgence

Kurt Zouma

Having been at the club since his teens Kurt Zouma is a bit of a cult hero to Chelsea fans having broken into the team in the past.

He had a great loan to Premier League club Everton last season that suggests he will be able to challenge for a starting spot should he stay at Stamford Bridge.

Baba Rahman

Although he had a promising start Baba Rahman has so far had an underwhelming Chelsea career.

The expected departure of Marcos Alonso and experience in the Bundesliga may seem him welcomed back into the fold.

Marco Van Ginkel

Be honest you might have forgotten that Van Ginkel was still at Chelsea, however he was actually in the Chelsea squad for the latter half of the 2018/2019 season but failed to make an appearance.

The midfielder has been highly rated in the past and if injury free could offer something different to the new gaffer.

Michy Batshuayi 

Despite scoring the goal that secured the title in 2017 the Belgian has been unable to convince Chelsea management that he deserves regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

Mixed loan spells may not inspire much confidence but the departure of Gonzalo Higuain creates an opportunity for Bashuayi or Abraham to push for regular game time.

Jamal Blackman

Part of the Champions League winning squad in 2012, Blackman has been on a tour of lower league English football gaining experience.

The departure of Robert Green means there is a need for an English goalkeeper for the Champions League squad.

This could see Blackman back in the squad and potentially challenging for the No.2 role given the age of Willy Callabero (37)

Who do you think will come in the cold for Chelsea?

3 Types of Chelsea Loanee – 2018/2019 Season

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The forgotten Chelsea loan army is gearing up for battle across Europe and beyond for the 2018/2019.  

Chelsea loanees come in three different categories

  1. Youth prospects with a shot getting experience
  2. Young players with no chance of making it at Chelsea preparing for their next step
  3. Random signings that are now loaned out until their contract expires

These players range from the wonderkids to the future journeyman playing for clubs at the highest level to the lower echelons of European league football and everything in between.

Youth Prospects Getting Loanee Experience

The players going out on loan that have a realistic shot at the first team is a smaller group than you would think. Whilst every player at Chelsea hopes they have a shot, the reality is only a few will ever get a sniff of the first team.

There are a few players already out on loan in this category such as Dujon Sterling and Trevor Chalobah.

They may be joined by others who are currently playing in pre-season such as Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ethan Ampadu, depending on how ready Maurizo Sarri feels they are for the first time.

Young Players Preparing For The Next Step

There are many young talented players at Chelsea who realistically never make it. They are now entering their early to mid-twenties and the club has not shown any hint that they are on the edge of the first team.

They may have had a shot at some point in the past, but slowly the reality of a career outside Chelsea is coming into focus.

Loans for these players are more about preparing them for life outside Cobham than developing them for the first team.

Players that fit this category could include Tomas Kalas, Jhoao Rodriguez, Lucas Piazon Danilo Pantic and Victorien Angban.

Random Signings That Didn’t Pan Out

Chelsea have developed a weird habit of buying players that it seems were next intended to play for Chelsea.

The players arrive and they are shipped out on loan almost immediately and often get no closer to the first team than the fans on the front row at Stamford Bridge.

Recent examples include Papy Djilobodji, Michael Hector and Matt Miazga.

Who knows you may see one of these types of players in a European league near you soon.

Cahill To Leave Chelsea

Cahill To Leave Chelsea On Cards Once Everyone Fit

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After his howler against Arsenal, there has been a lot of negativity towards Gary Cahill in the media and fan-based social media. The call for Cahill to leave Chelsea would feel like an overreaction if not for his form over the last 12 months being consistently below his best.

Despite taking the armband in midweek, he has been more of a negative influence on results than a positive one so far this season.

Cahill To Leave Chelsea – Remember His Commitment

Criticism against Cahill is not done lightly by this blog. He is a respected Blue warrior, not a mercenary that has been at the club for five minutes.

He is a European Champion who joined the club for a song and has repaid his transfer fee over and over again. Even when performing badly you can see that he is working his socks off and was genuinely distraught when his error gifted Arsenal a goal.

Unfortunately, this error was not an isolated incident and his form has been waning for some time now. He is not the player he was when we signed him and it appears that his time at the club is coming towards an end.

The Natural Replacement Kurt Zouma

Cahill’s performances have been below his best for at least 12 months. If it was not for an injury to Kurt Zouma he would have lost his place last season. A move that could have seen Cahill leave Chelsea last January in a bid to keep his place in the England squad.

Looking to the future, once Antonio Conte, has David Luiz, John Terry and Kurt Zouma fit it is difficult to see how Gary Cahill will make the team.

Should it be the day for Cahill to leave Chelsea comes quickly then we must remember the contribution he has made to the team rather than recent mistakes. Change is part of football but that does not change the fact that he has been a key part of our recent history.

Chelsea Courtois Transfer rumour

Courtois Transfer Moan – Belgian Needs To Cech Himself

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It seems that not a week goes by without a Thibaut Courtois transfer rumour and its getting a little bit boring.

This week the Independent published the latest Courtois transfer rumour 

Courtois Transfer Rumours Make Cech Departure Tragedy

Watching club legend Petr Cech leave the club with some of his best years still ahead of him was painful. Sacrificed for the bright young talent at the top of the European game Courtois it is frustrating to see the low regard Courtois seems to hold Stamford Bridge.

The problem is that years on loan in Spain and a wandering eye have given Courtois a sense that he owes the club nothing and he should catch the first plane back to Spain should one of the two giants of La Liga come calling.

Combined with a dip in form the decision to cast aside Cech and embrace the young Belgian are looking like a mistake.

It seems to be a trait with the Belgians we buy but they have ideas above their station and are always looking for a move or saying something to upset the applecart. This uusually when on national duty-free from the constraints of the Chelsea PR machine.

If Courtois wants to leave then fine, but he should stop being such a pussy about it, make a decision and take the gamble of throwing a public hissy fit. See what happens and hope that one of the Spanish clubs actually wants to buy you.

His form has been ropey for the last 18 months and there is not guarantee that he will be on the shopping list of Real Madrid of Barcelona, especially as we are going to want a king’s ransom for him.

His place in the Chelsea line-up is far from guaranteed, Asmir Begovic is a top quality goalkeeper and could quite easily step into the breach should Courtois continue to cost us points.

As for Cech, it is still painful to see him at the Emirates, it would never happen but I would have him back at Stamford Bridge in a heartbeat.

Until then Courtois transfer rumours need to stop and the boy needs to Cech himself and find some form rather than wrecking himself by fuelling pointless transfer speculation.