The Loan Report: March 1-6

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March 6, 2011

From week to week, the number of Chelsea loanees who receive considerable playing time can fluctuate. Over the last few years, Blues supporters will be familiar with the stories of the likes of Scott Sinclair and Ben Sahar, who couldn’t buy a place in the starting elevens of teams they spent a short spell with. It therefore comes as good news that this week, a considerable majority of those available…

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FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

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March 2, 2011

For the second year in a row, and the third time in four years, Chelsea have reached the Semi Final stage of the FA Youth Cup. They did so by beating Watford in the Quarter Finals in consecutive years, and for the third time in as many games this campaign, Dermot Drummy’s team came back from conceding an early goal to wind up 2-1 victors. The addition of Tomas Kalas…

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The Loan Report: February 21-27

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February 27, 2011

Daniel Sturridge continues to make the headlines in the latest instalment of The Loan Report as he scored his fourth goal in as many games on loan at Bolton. Elsewhere, Jack Cork also found the scoresheet in another busy week of action for Chelsea’s youngsters. We’ll start with Sturridge, who has hit the ground running under Owen Coyle, and having earned a starting berth with his impressive finishing, he has…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 3-0 Ipswich Town

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February 26, 2011

Chelsea’s strongest Under-18 team of the season led the way to a 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday morning ahead of Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup Quarter Final. First half goals from Nathaniel Chalobah and Anton Rodgers, after an own goal had given the Blues the lead, ensured three more points for Dermot Drummy’s men, before attentions turned to Watford in the second half. Taking the opportunity to try out…

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Reserves: Aston Villa 2-2 Chelsea

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February 21, 2011

A pulsating Monday night reserve match saw Aston Villa and Chelsea share South league spoils in a 2-2 draw featuring two late goals. Samir Carruthers’ first half opener was cancelled out by Nathaniel Chalobah early in the second half, only for Gokhan Tore to see red. Harry Forrester looked to have won the game for the hosts but a stoppage time leveller from substitute Adam Phillip earned Chelsea a well-deserved…

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The Loan Report: February 14-20

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February 20, 2011

After a hectic couple of weeks on the loan front, things have calmed down somewhat this week. Still, it’s been a largely positive seven days for young Chelsea players, so let’s take a look. With the weekend being lost to FA Cup action, it meant a significant drop-off in playing time all round, particularly at the top level. Daniel Sturridge and Gael Kakuta were both ineligible to play for Bolton…

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Reserves: Chelsea 4-3 West Ham United

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February 16, 2011

Wednesday’s afternoon reserve action saw a ding-dong battle at Cobham in the form of a seven-goal London derby thriller. A hat-trick from Fabio Borini led the way for Chelsea, who edged West Ham 4-3 to continue what has been a fine season at this level. Milan Lalkovic’s late winner left the visitors defeated despite goals from Benni McCarthy, Freddie Sears and Zavon Hines. The difference in team selection could not…

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The Loan Report: February 7-13

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February 13, 2011

It’s been another productive seven days for Chelsea’s young loanees, with two players finding the back of the net in addition to impressive displays and debuts for a trio of Blues. In the top flight, it’s Daniel Sturridge who is making the headlines. Fresh off the back of two goals in his first two outings for Bolton Wanderers, he stepped his game up once again in front of the live…

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FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 2-1 Barnsley

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February 11, 2011

Chelsea’s set up a FA Youth Cup Quarter Final tie with Watford after overcoming Barnsley in a tough match at Stamford Bridge. Second half goals from Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah cancelled out Danny Rose’s first-minute opener in a tie which mirrored the previous round, when the Blues beat Arsenal. Coach Dermot Drummy made just one change in personnel from that match, bringing in schoolboy Adam Nditi to replace Ben…

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The McEachran Position

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February 10, 2011

Hot amongst the assorted topics of discussion by Chelsea supporters is seventeen year-old Josh McEachran. The midfielder has broken through into Carlo Ancelotti’s first team squad this season, capturing the imagination of many supporters with his confident, fearless displays. However, whilst nobody doubts his ability and potential, a regular cause of debate surrounds his best position, and moreover where Ancelotti should be using him. It’s a question – or a…

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