Loan Report Part Two: Midfielders
In the 2nd part of our loan report, we take a look at the next set of our players out on loan, the ones who are essential for the functioning of a football game, the midfielders.
1. LEWIS BAKER (AT MK DONS)
The 19-year-old English midfielder joined Chelsea’s youth academy at the age of 9 having previously attended Luton Town’s program where he attracted the attention of various English clubs including Arsenal and QPR. He has been tipped to become a senior team member for England by the manager Mourinho himself. This shows that the youngster has the potential to make it all the way. His current spell at MK Dons seems to be coming good as he seems to be leading the charge for the club’s promotion to the Football Championship.
2. MARIO PASALIC (AT ELCHE)
The 20-year-old Croatian joined Chelsea from Hajduk Split in the summer of 2014 for a reported fee of 3 million pounds. He contributed a lot to the U-17 team of the club by scoring 17 goals in a season despite being a midfielder. He then continued his scoring streak for the senior team and scored important goals in derby games. His current stint at Elche doesn’t seem to have hit the top gear as he is yet to get on the scoresheet despite making 23 appearances. Whether or not he will make it to the big stage, remains to be seen based on his upcoming performances.
3. JOHN SWIFT (AT SWINDON TOWN)
The 20-year-old English midfielder joined Chelsea as an under-14 in 2007. He made a brief appearance for Chelsea in the last game of the 2013-14 season after coming on for Eden Hazard in the closing stages. He is currently on loan at Swindon Town since January 2015 where he has made 12 appearances and scored 2 goals. He has also represented the national team at the U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels and is sure to play at the top level soon if he keeps working hard.
4. ORIOL ROMEU (AT VfB STUTTGART)
The 23-year-old Spanish defensive midfielder was signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2011 for a fee in the region of 5 million euros. He made 22 appearances during his stay at Chelsea from 2011 to 2013 but was unlucky as he ended up with a knee injury in the middle of 2012-13 season. He was almost set to become a regular after the departures of Benayoun, Essien, and Meireles until he was forcefully sidelined due to a disastrous knee injury. He was loaned out to Valencia for 2013-14 season where he made 13 appearances. His current stay at Stuttgart seems to be better in terms of appearances made (21) but doubts certainly persist on his potential return to Chelsea.
5. JOSH McEACHRAN (AT VITESSE)
The 22-year-old English midfielder came up from the youth academy of our club where he joined as a 7-year-old. He made his debut for the first team in a Champions League game against Zilina in 2010. He then went on to make 22 appearances for the Blues in his 2-year stay at the club with 9 starts among them in a defensive midfield role. He then went on loan spells at different English clubs which were successful and finally joined Vitesse on loan at the start of this season. Being an academy product having high potential, McEachran is expected to join the first team as a regular in the coming years.
6. MARKO MARIN (AT ANDERLECHT)
Hailed as the ‘German Messi’ not so long ago, Marin joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Werder Bremen where he was a huge success along with the likes of Ozil and Aaron Hunt. He then made only 6 appearances during his lone season at Chelsea and scored 1 goal. In the next season, he was loaned out to Sevilla and made 18 appearances without a goal. He was then loaned out to Fiorentina at the start of 2013-14 season with an option to buy at the end of the season, but the spell was unsuccessful yet again. He is now at Anderlecht with a deal that includes the same option, and it is pretty much confirmed he might join them at the end of the season.
7. MARCO VAN GINKEL (AT AC MILAN)
The 22-year-old Dutch central midfielder was signed from Vitesse for a fee of 8 million pounds in the summer of 2013 where he made 93 appearances and scored 18 goals. He was slowly making his way into the first team until he had an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him out of the action for six months.. He then didn’t see much action for the rest of the season and was eventually loaned out to Milan. He hasn’t impressed in the Serie A this season due to his recurring ankle injury. He is of course tipped to become the next superstar in his role who can cover lots of ground and score goals. He will be all set to return to Chelsea if he manages to shake off his injury concerns.
8.NATHANIEL CHALOBAH (AT READING)
The 20-year-old English midfielder comes from the ranks of Chelsea’s youth academy and has regularly captained the Chelsea’s youth and reserve teams. He signed a professional contract with the club in 2012 and was then loaned out to Watford where he made 38 appearances and scored 5 goals. He was then sent on loan to Middlesbrough where he had a decent season. His Burnley loan stint in 2014-15 did not work out quite as well, which led to him joining Championship side Reading till the end of the season. With his form seeming to be on a decline, Chalobah might need to get more loan spells under his belt to make a purpose of him returning to Stamford Bridge.
9. ULISES DAVILA (AT VITORIA)
The 23-year-old Mexican attacking midfielder joined Chelsea from the Mexican outfit Guadalajara in the summer of 2012 and was immediately loaned out to Vitesse. He struggled to get into the first team and ended up as an unused substitute for most of the games. Davila was then sent back to Mexico to play for Sabadell on loan where he started getting some action and gained confidence. He was then loaned out to Cordoba on the very last day of the 2013 summer transfer window. He helped the club gain promotion to La Liga for the first time in 42 years by scoring the all important goal in the playoffs final. After his loan spell at Tenerife wasn’t successful, he was loaned to Portuguese club Vitoria Setuball. With too many players in the same role present at the club, it is going to take a lot more from Davila to make it to Vitoria’s starting eleven, let alone a return to Chelsea.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni