Since we have adopted the idea of buying young and talented players for cheap and then sending them on loan abroad, to develop further, Vitesse Arnhem has been one of our likelier destination.
The Eredivisie club, fondly (sometimes sarcastically) called as East Cobham, has been taking a plethora of our young players on loan to provide them with ample playing time. This helps them develop and grow as a player. Not to mention, it also helps Vitesse to have some very talented youngsters in their ranks.
Last season it was Lucas Piazon who benefitted a lot from his time in Netherlands and this year Bertrand Traore is apparently on the same route. The complicated English laws mean it’s usually tough for a young and unknown player to get a work permit in England. Add to that our ever increasing loan army in this FFP era, and you get the picture as to why we need a good partnership with several clubs all over the world these days!
Consequently, a deal like this benefits both the clubs in some ways. A small club like Vitesse Arnhem has benefited a lot from their partnership with the Blues. The Champions of England usually provide them with talented players in their area of need and watch those players develop with some regular playing time thus, benefitting all the parties involved.
As a result, there are other clubs who are supposedly interested in forming a partnership with the Blues. Ligue 1 side, Olympique de Marseille, is the latest club who are making the rounds on the internet these days after their club President Vincent Labrune visited Stamford Bridge a few weeks back.
The Ligue 1 side are reportedly in a serious debt these days. They already have to cut their wage bill this summer, and, as a result, they can no longer go and spend a crazy amount of money on big-name transfers. Apparently, they can’t even afford much in terms of wages. No Problem, Chelsea offers you players for any position you wish for, Marseille.
According to reports at Dailymail, Olympique Marseille’s President was keen to strike a deal with the Blues and had following things to say on his visit to the Bridge:
“I was at Stamford Bridge to watch the final of the FA Youth Cup between Chelsea and Manchester City, and I had dinner with Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo.
I told him that a club like Marseille was very interested to build something with a club like Chelsea and welcome some young players on loan. Players who have high potential but cannot play in the first team could come on loan at Marseille and Chelsea would cover a part of their salary. “
Watching our young boys thrash Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup final would surely have made a lasting impression on Labrune, I guess!
But as I said, with our ever increasing loan army we probably need good partnerships with other clubs where we can develop our young talent guns with some regular playing time. In that regard, Ligue 1 is a big step up from the Dutch league. The likes of Charlie Musonda Jr. have already been linked to Marseille, and if we can work out this partnership, it will equally benefit both the clubs in the future! It would be for the players who need to play in a league that is a step up from the Dutch Eredivisie.
On top of that, we might also get first options on the players who impress at Marseille (a la Marco Van Ginkel – Vitesse). I guess, that’s the perks of developing a good partnership with these clubs, right? And maybe who knows, we just might be in for another Didier Drogba too!
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Edited By: Ojas
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