Chelsea loan out 38 players
Chelsea this summer loaned out a whopping total of 38 players, including the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Kenedy, Baba Rahman, Patrick Bamford and Loic Remy.
Looking at the Chelsea first team, you can see that these loan moves rarely help develop talented young academy players into senior squad members.
Chelsea have won the UEFA Youth League for two years in a row but the first team is still yet to reap any rewards.
The only loan move that Chelsea have profited from is Thibaut Courtois. Another successful loanee Kevin De Bruyne was controversially sold and has gone on to become one of the best midfielders in the world.
Irritated Lucas Piazon speaks out
22-year-old Brazilian Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea as a teenage wonderkid all the way back in 2011 but has managed only 15 minutes of Premier League football.
He recently joined Fulham on loan until January. Piazon’s fifth loan move since joining Chelsea has left the Brazil U23 star feeling disillusioned by the Chelsea system.
‘I’m tired of moving abroad,‘ said Piazon to the Daily Mail. ‘One, two, three loans, maybe that’s enough. It’s time for me to stay somewhere more than one year. When they know you’ll stay whatever happens, people look at you with different eyes.
‘It makes no sense to go on loan all the time,’ he said. ‘It is not good for any player in my experience — or the experience of the other boys. I don’t see it as a positive thing any more. To be in a different place every year is not good for me at 22.
‘It’s difficult to get a place in the team. They have their own players. You do your best, try to get a place in the squad, minutes on the pitch, score and create goals. That’s all you can do.
‘I still want to make it at Chelsea, of course,’ he said. ‘I came to Europe to play for Chelsea and want to do it. Maybe I can come back in the future.
‘If that’s not possible I want to go somewhere and stay for more than one season. Not just stay stuck in the club.’
On his relationship with new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Piazon said ‘We haven’t spoken much and we’ve said nothing about football.