Loan Report Part 1: Goalkeepers and Defenders
It is a well-known fact that there are a good number of players at Chelsea football club who are currently out showcasing their talents across the world at different clubs on a loan spell.
However, there are different reasons that these players are out on loan, be it their young age, not being masters at the position they are supposed to play at or they are out form, etc.
In this edition of the loan report, we take a look at the defenders of our club who are currently spread across various clubs:
1. TOMAS KALAS (AT MIDDLESBROUGH)
The 22-year-old centre back was signed from the Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc for a reported fee of 5.2 million pounds. He also possesses the ability to play as a right back which recently came into light during his loan spell at Middlesbrough. This young man has had a disturbed loan spell at FC Koln in the first half of 2014-15 season, where he did not even start a game due to unknown reasons.
He started only one game for Chelsea against Liverpool in 2014, where he produced a decent enough performance and kept Chelsea in contention for the title. He certainly has the ability to perform on the big platform and it won’t be long until he pairs up with Zouma at the heart of defence for Blues.
2. WALLACE (AT VITESSE)
The 20-year-old Brazilian right back was signed by the club at the end of 2012 from Fluminese. He made 21 appearances for the Brazilian club. He has the ability of playing at all positions in the defensive line-up, although he primarily is a centre back.
His current stint at Vitesse came off good, until he broke his hand in a game vs NAC Breda. Prior to this incidence, he was the first choice right back for the club. What the future holds for him is uncertain as of now, but his young age suggests that few more loan spells are required before he gets on to the big stage.
3. CRISTIAN CUEVAS (AT UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE)
The 19-year-old Chilean left back was signed by the club in the summer of 2013 following a successful trial. He previously played for the Chilean club O’Higgins. After joining Chelsea he was loaned out to Vitesse followed by FC Eindhoven.
He is currently at Chilean club Universidad de Chile in the top division of Chilean football. He can operate as left back and left winger as well, which suits him better to Chelsea’s current style of play. A few more of experiences under his belt and he can possibly be in contention for a place in the squad at the Bridge.
4. NATHAN AKE (AT READING)
The 20-year-old Dutch defender joined the youth ranks of Chelsea when he was just 15 from Feyenoord. He then went on to make a number of substitute appearances for the club. Until very recently he was loaned out to the Championship side Reading for a month.
He has been at the club for the last three years. He has managed to impress in the minimal roles he played. His playing style earned him comparisons with former club legend Ruud Gullit. He can also rotate from being a centre back or a defensive midfielder and can break on to the first team scene in the near future.
5. KENNETH OMERUO (AT MIDDLESBROUGH)
The 19-year-old Nigerian centre back was signed by the club from Standard Liege in 2012 but was immediately loaned out to ADO den Haag. The young defender has already seen glory at the national stage after winning the African cup of nations in 2013 and since then has cemented his place in the national team.
He has had successful loan spells so far at both the clubs he played and has become a fan favourite at his current club Middlesbrough. He is tipped to go on and become a Chelsea regular in coming years.
6. TODD KANE (AT NOTTINGHAM FOREST)
The 21-year-old English right back is the player from our very own academy as he joined the club as an 8-year-old. He has won the FA youth cup with the club in 2012 and then went on loan spells at Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City before reaching his current abode at Nottingham Forest.
He can also play as a left back despite being a right back and also has a knack for finding the net. He seems to be promising but it is going to take time to decide whether he can play for the first team at the Bridge.
7. ALEX DAVEY (AT SCUNTHORPE UNITED)
The 20-year-old English centre back also hails from the Chelsea academy since joining at age 11. He has signed a contract that keeps him at the club till 2016, although he is currently on loan at Scunthorpe United.
He hasn’t done anything spectacular yet but will be under constant scrutiny by the club before a decision is taken on his future moves.
Now let us take a look at how the goalkeepers out there are faring at their clubs:
1. MATEJ DELAC (AT FK SARAJEVO)
The 22-year-old Croatian goalkeeper was signed by Chelsea from NK Inter Zapresic in 2009. After very few appearances for that club, he attracted a number of big clubs across Europe and finally landed at Chelsea. He has since had several loan spells at Eastern European clubs.
His performances at an early age were scouted by Chelsea’s scouts which ultimately led him to Chelsea. He has got the potential to make it to the first team and with Cech leaving at the end of the season, Delac might take up his place at the club.
NOTE: Jamal Blackman was on loan at Middlesbrough until Mark Schwarzer was at the club, but was called back to work as the third goalkeeper since the former’s departure from the club in January.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire