The Loan Report: January 14-20

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January 20, 2019

The Loan Army continues to chip away at statistical improvement, with two more goals for the tally, and plenty of minutes all round over the past seven days. Headliners It’s been a particularly good week for Mario Pašalić. He scored for Atalanta at Cagliari in the Coppa italia on Monday night, then claimed two assists in a 5-0 thumping of Frosinone on Sunday. He’s not been a regular fixture in…

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The Loan Report: January 7-13

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January 13, 2019

The turbulence of the January transfer window has already made an impact on the loan army at Chelsea, for both good and bad, as this week’s report shall duly reveal. Headliners For Kasey Palmer, it has most certainly been positive. Out of favour and unable to earn regular playing time at Blackburn in the first half of the season, he swapped Lancashire blue for Bristol red, and joined Bristol City…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-2 Southampton

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January 12, 2019

Chelsea kept themselves in with a fighting chance of retaining the Southern section title in the Under-18 Premier League when they mounted a late comeback to earn a 2-2 draw against Southampton at Cobham on Saturday morning. The Blues, under the leadership of Jon Harley while manager Andy Myers recovers from an achilles injury, weren’t at their best in a contest against a capable and well-coached Saints team, and trailed…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 1-3 Peterborough United

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January 9, 2019

Chelsea’s Checkatrade Trophy adventure is over for another season after they were defeated 3-1 by Peterborough at Stamford Bridge to leave the competition at the last sixteen stage. Joe Edwards’ team were impressive in a first half in which they deservedly took the lead through Richard Nartey’s first goal of the season, but they were unable to maintain that level of performance throughout, and Posh scored three goals in nine…

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The Loan Report: January 1-6

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January 6, 2019

The news on the loan front over the past seven days has been dominated by what’s happened off the pitch rather than on it. As the January transfer window kicks into full swing, let’s take stock of what’s going on. Headliners The biggest name joining the Loan Army is Christian Pulisic, who agreed a £58m move from Dortmund to Chelsea on Wednesday, and will remain in Germany until the summer….

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Under-18s: Leicester City 2-3 Chelsea

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January 5, 2019

Chelsea’s Under-18s got 2019 started in dramatic fashion as they returned home with a 3-2 win at Leicester City that, despite a thoroughly dominant first half, they might not entirely have deserved. Having romped to a 3-0 lead inside the opening fifteen minutes courtesy of a Marcel Lewis brace either side of Jack Wakely’s header, the Blues – under the leadership of Jon Harley in Andy Myers’ absence – should…

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The Loan Report: December 24-29

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December 30, 2018

The winter break across Europe has accounted for a big chunk of Chelsea’s loanees enjoying a festive holiday, but there has been plenty to talk about from those who have played, as we hit the fifty-goal mark for the season too. Headliners There was enough incident at Carrow Road, where Norwich met Derby, for an entire article in its own right. Norwich went into the day second in the Championship,…

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Chelsea Academy Moments of 2018

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December 29, 2018

It’s been another stunning year for Chelsea’s academy. Unprecedented success on the pitch at youth-age level, an increasing presence in the first-team at Stamford Bridge, and a growing stature in the production of players and staff making an impact elsewhere in world football have made the last twelve months particularly memorable. Here are some of the highlights as we approach 2019. January 2018 was only 28 days old when Callum…

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The Loan Report: December 17-23

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December 23, 2018

The Christmas edition of the Loan Reports bears gifts for all, with goals from the wise men of Tenerife, Sheffield Wednesday, and Aston Villa. Our festive story begins in Birmingham. Headliners Tammy Abraham is officially the most in-form goalscorer in English football. His 9th goal in his last eight appearances came in the early stages of Aston Villa’s big Sunday clash against Leeds, and looked to have set Dean Smith’s…

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How does a Hudson-Odoi become an Mbappé?

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December 20, 2018

It’s September 2014. A tallish, gangly and occasionally awkward looking boy wearing the number 13 shirt collects possession, fakes inside before shifting back onto his preferred right foot, and scampers off into the space behind the full-back. His cross is headed well wide by a team-mate. The match peters out into a goalless draw, and few of the hardy souls in attendance, let alone the player himself, would likely have…

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