The Chelsea loan system. Much derided by supporters from other clubs and even by some of the Blues’ own contingent as being just a factory and not actually producing players that will ever play for their parent side.
This season, Andreas Christensen has broken against the norm, returning from his two-year stint at Borussia Monchengladbach and slotting into the first team with quite a bit of aplomb.
At the moment, Chelsea have 38 loan players currently plying their trade elsewhere all around the world, including a handful in the Premier League and Championship as well.
Whoever is manager next season will certainly be looking to add to their squad in order to get an attack on the league title once again, while also dealing with Europe and the rest of the cup competitions.
So surely, instead of just dipping into the transfer market once again, there are the players out there that they have on their books who can add to the team, just like Christensen did?
Here are the big contenders to make their name in the Chelsea side.
If there are any of Chelsea’s loan players that are really hitting their stride, then it would be Mason Mount, currently playing for Vitesse.
The 19-year-old midfielder has hit an excellent stretch of form in recent weeks, netting five goals in his last ten matches and being one of the team’s most important players.
Mount was named in the Eredivisie team of the week as well after another goal against VV Venlo, whipping a free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner.
Mount just has to be a player that the Blues look at next season. He has all the technical ability that you would need, and he really looks like he is growing well into senior football.
Everything was going very well for Loftus-Cheek during his loan spell at Crystal Palace. The team might have been struggling, but the midfielder had been getting a lot of praise for his performances.
They had also earned him a call-up to the England team, where he made his debut and even put in a man of the match performance against Germany.
However, the 22-year-old has been held back with injuries this season and his campaign was over just after Christmas when he picked up an ankle injury against Arsenal on December 28.
Loftus-Cheek races against the clock to be fit in time for the World Cup in Russia this summer, and if he makes it and puts in some excellent performances, then he could be another one to fill a void in the current Blues squad.
The striker was one of the brightest things to come out of the academy in recent seasons and his stunning campaign for Bristol City in the Championship last year all but confirmed that.
The 20-year-old was given the chance to prove himself in the Premier League with Swansea City, and he started well, notching up his first league goal in August and then three in three games in September and October.
However, the Swans have really struggled this season, while Abraham has not netted in the league since, only scoring two in the FA Cup to add to his tally.
The summer is going to be an important one for strikers, with Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Abraham and Michy Batshuayi all vying for spots, but Abraham is certainly a good option for the future.
The Blues most definitely think a lot of Zouma after offering the France international a six-year deal ahead of his loan move to Stoke City in the summer.
The 23-year-old had a promising start to life with the Blues after his move from St Etienne back in 2014. However, the centre-back ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in February 2016 and didn’t play for a year afterwards.
Zouma has impressed at Stoke this season, despite the Potters having a tough campaign to date, and along with Andreas Christensen, the future could look very bright in defence.
You have to have some sympathy for Batshuayi as it does seem that he joined Chelsea at the wrong time and under a manager that doesn’t really trust him all the much.
The Belgian was rarely used by Antonio Conte before being shipped off to Borussia Dortmund in January, while Giroud came in from Arsenal to replace him.
Batshuayi’s hold up play is something that has been marked against him by Conte, but under a different manager should the Italian leave in the summer, the Blues might have a decent striker on their hands.
One for the future…. Charly Musonda
There is a lot of excitement from Chelsea fans on social media about Charly Musonda and the future that he has, but the young Belgian signed a loan deal with Celtic for 18 months which means that Blues supporters won’t be seeing him back for a while.
The 21-year-old has all the skills in the book and has a lot of ability to go with it. The one question mark might well be able his stature, however Musonda has often posted photos and videos of himself working hard in the gym to try to build his muscle.
He is certainly one for the future and has the potential to be an excellent player, although it won’t be next season for Chelsea.