1. PATRICK BAMFORD (AT MIDDLESBROUGH)
The 21-year-old English Centre forward was signed by the club in January 2012 from Nottingham Forest for a reported fee of 1.5 million pounds. He continued his career in football despite being offered a scholarship by the Harvard University. After the end of the 2011-12 season, he was loaned out to MK Dons until the end of January 2013. His performances at the club got him a series of loan extensions which kept him at the club until January 2014 where he made 37 appearances and scored 18 goals. He was then loaned out to Derby County until the end of the 2013-14 season where he scored 8 goals in 21 appearances. At the start of the current season, he went out to Middlesbrough on loan which was supposed to end in January this year but was extended until the end of this season. He has recorded 32 appearances till date and has scored 14 goals this season. The young Englishman has been instrumental in Boro’s quest for a spot in the Premier League. With a certain eye for goal and his young age, Bamford has every chance of making it to the Chelsea squad in the coming seasons. His versatility to also play as an attacking midfielder makes him even more special.
2. STIPE PERICA (AT UDINESE)
The 19-year-old Croatian striker was signed by the club in 2013 from Zadar, a club from his home country. His performances at the club at such a young age earned him a transfer to Chelsea. He was immediately loaned out to NAC Breda in Netherlands where he started shining for the club by scoring important goals despite coming off the bench and getting very less game time. He then requested a move out of the club for the sake of getting more time on the pitch and in February this year, he moved to Udinese where he has made just 2 appearances so far. Perica is presently very young and certainly needs a few more loan spells before Chelsea can decide on what to do with him.
3. BERTRAND TRAORE (AT VITESSE)
The 19-year-old winger joined the club academy from French side AJ Auxerre rejecting Manchester United in the process. However, the club denied that he was their player and stated that he appeared in a youth game during his six-week trial. He officially signed a contract in October 2013 and completed the transfer by January 2014. Immediately, he was loaned out to Vitesse until the end of the season. In the summer of 2014, Vitesse confirmed that he would be staying on for another season. In his time at the club, he made 38 appearances and scored 12 goals. He also kick-started his international career with Burkina Faso in 2011 and has made 11 appearances and scored 1 goal. Traore has to prove much more if he has to get into the Chelsea side which has promising players in these positions. However he is very young, and a few more loan spells might just do it for him.
4. LUCAS PIAZON (AT EINTRACHT FRANKFURT)
The 21-year-old Brazilian left winger joined Chelsea in the summer of 2011 but wasn’t eligible to play for the club until January 2012 due to work permit issues. In January after turning 18, he signed a contract that would keep him at the club until 2017. He made brief appearances for Chelsea and produced 2 assists in cup competitions and was sent out to Malaga on loan in January 2013. He made 11 appearances and was quite impressive but didn’t score. In August 2013, it was announced that he would join Vitesse on a season-long loan. He made 29 appearances and scored 11 goals and produced a good number of assists for Vitesse. At the start of the current season he moved to Frankfurt for a season loan. He has made 18 appearances so far and scored 2 goals for them including a stunning 90th minute free kick winner. Piazon has certainly got the potential to make it to the big stage. His quick passes, free kick taking ability, reading of the game are all decent, and his clinical finishing tops it all off. He might soon join the Chelsea squad if he keeps performing like the way he is.
5. GAEL KAKUTA (AT RAYO VALLECANO)
The 23-year-old French left winger was signed by the club from RC Lens in 2007 as a youth player. This transfer caused many problems for Chelsea as it was stated that Kakuta breached his 4 year contract with Lens in order to sign for Chelsea. Chelsea was consequently banned from making any transfers for the following 2 transfer windows starting in 2010. Later, Chelsea made an appeal causing the ban to be overturned, and it was proved that the player did not have a valid contract with his previous club. He was sent out on loan spells to the clubs like Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and he is now at Rayo Vallecano until the season’s end. His loan spells at these clubs weren’t successful. He was tipped to be the future star during his stay at the club, but the current scenario shows that a lot of improvement is required to live up those expectations.
6. JOAO RODRIGUEZ (AT VITORIA)
The 18-year-old forward was the first ever Colombian to sign for the club after he attracted attention by his impressive performances for the Colombian junior national team. He officially signed for the club in the summer of 2013 and was sent back to Colombian club Deportes Quinido on loan. He then moved to Uniautonoma FC in January 2014 where he made 6 appearances and scored 1 goal. He started this season on loan at Bastia managed by Claude Makelele but made only 4 appearances before the loan was terminated in January this year. As of now, he has moved to Vitoria but hasn’t made an appearance so far. As he is very young, it is a bit early to predict his future until he gets more playing time under his belt.
7. CHRISTIAN ATSU (AT EVERTON)
The 23-year-old Ghanaian left winger joined Chelsea in the summer of 2013 for a fee of 3.5 million pounds from FC Porto. He was immediately loaned out to Vitesse where he made 28 appearances and scored 5 goals. At the start of this season, he joined the Premier League side Everton on a season-long loan and has made only 5 appearances so far and hasn’t scored yet. His international career, however, has been decent so far as he made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad and started all the 3 games Ghana played before getting eliminated in the group stage. He was also awarded the best player and best goal of the 2015 African Cup Of Nations which shows that he is an excellent future prospect. He is quick and technically gifted and can hope to make it to the Chelsea squad in the near future.
8. VICTOR MOSES (AT STOKE CITY)
The 24-year-old Nigerian winger was signed by the club in the summer of 2012 from the then Premier League side, Wigan Athletic after bidding for the 5th time. He stayed at Chelsea for the 2012-13 season and made a good impact in the knock-out stages of the Europa League by scoring crucial goals and eventually helping the team win the tournament. He joined Liverpool at the start of the 2013-14 season on a season-long loan but found opportunities hard to come by under Brendan Rodgers where he got only 9 starts in the 22 games he played. At the start of this season, he joined another Premier League side Stoke City on loan. He started off good only to be struck by a thigh injury in November, which kept him out of action for 2 months, and now he is back on the field. His international career has been good so far with him making 22 appearances and scoring 7 goals. He started all the 4 games Nigeria played at the 2014 FIFA world cup. He is a big team player but with the current quality that the Chelsea side has got, it is a tough task for Moses to back into it.
9. ISLAM FERUZ (AT BLACKPOOL)
The 19-year-old Scottish striker was signed by the club as a youth player from Celtic in 2011. He was signed for only 300,000 pounds owing to a flaw in the legal system and from then on made many appearances for the Chelsea youth side. His loan spell at Greek side OFI Crete was unsuccessful and was terminated. The youngster trained with Cardiff City later and is now set for a loan to Blackpool. He was described by Chelsea’s official website as “Short but sharp with an electric turn of pace and able to get a shot in early” when he was at the club. His return to the club doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon as he is still very young, but a few good loan spells can certainly change that.
10. MOHAMED SALAH (AT FIORENTINA)
The 22-year-old Egyptian winger was signed by Chelsea in the summer of 2013 from FC Basel for a fee of 11 million pounds making him the first Egyptian to sign for the club. He made 10 appearances for the club during the 2013-14 season and scored 2 goals. In the following season, reports suggested that he would be required to go to Egypt to carry out military service but that was sorted out after discussions with the Egyptian PM. He didn’t make many appearances in this season which ultimately saw him move to Fiorentina on a loan deal at the end of this season. This was done as a part of a deal which saw Cuadrado move in the opposite direction. His spell at Fiorentina is coming well after he has started finding his form and scoring goals and assisting regularly. More of such performances might see him back at Chelsea, fighting for a place in the starting XI.
NOTE: Alex Kiwomya, the 18-year-old English winger/striker, was at Barnsley on loan until March 3, 2015 but returned to Chelsea owing to an unsuccessful performance.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni