“Gotta catch ’em all” seems to be the slogan of Chelsea Football Club, when it comes to prevailing young and upcoming talent and sending them out on loan to a lower clubs.
The list just keeps on increasing every season and the latest one to be added to the list of loaness is the 18-year-old Serbian midfielder Danilo Pantic. Joining the Blues at an estimated price of £ 1.25 million, Danilo becomes our first signing of this January transfer window and the midfielder heads out on loan straight to ‘Chelsea 2.0’ aka Vitesse Arnhem.
Now, we have been frequently criticised by media and rival clubs alike for our business deals in the past few years which includes signing young and talented players on cheap from small clubs and then sending them out on loan till they become good enough to crack into our first team (see Courtois) or at the very least, generate a hefty sum of profit with their sale to another club (see Kevin De Bruyne). In the era of FFP, that’s not a bad way of doing business and the players who join us are apparently aware of this.
Let’s hear it straight from the young Serbian:
“At 18 you can hardly have a chance with Chelsea, where they play experienced and already proven stars of world football. So I like the idea of playing with Vitesse very much.” He added, “I think that the Dutch league is ideal for a young player to acquire habits of Western notions of professionalism and develop properly. In the Netherlands, the game is open and it will suit me.”
Those quotes should be a news flash for the media who think we are destroying football by the way we do our business.
As for the Serbian; well, he is an 18-year-old box-to-box midfielder, with an attacking intent and a keen eye for goal. The talented youngster is often in the spotlight in the Serbian media. He has already been compared to the likes of Iniesta, owing to his similar style of play.
The young midfielder has been in demand by clubs like Juventus in the past and although he is far from being a complete player, he is certainly a good prospect with the ability of cracking into the starting eleven in 3-4 years time or at the very least, generating us a decent profit so that we could buy another hoard of young talents and just piss the world off, while we celebrate with our Quadruple!
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire