The Loan Report: August 26 – September 1

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September 1, 2019

A quiet week on the loan front gives us the opportunity to take stock of affairs we approach the final day of the transfer window. Three new faces have joined the Loan Army ranks over the past seven days, and more are set to follow, bringing an end to another hectic summer of comings and goings. Headliners Tiémoué Bakayoko is going home. Two years after an expensive and protracted transfer…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

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August 31, 2019

For all of their remarkable exploits in recent years, Chelsea have struggled to impose themselves against Aston Villa in Under-18 football during that time. After scoring 24 times against them in three matches during the 2014-15 season, they’ve not beaten them by more than a single goal at Cobham, and only achieved the feat once in total since. So, despite emerging with a fourth successive win to maintain their 100%…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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August 30, 2019

It took a stoppage-time equaliser for the second week in a row, but Chelsea remain unbeaten in Development Squad action so far this season, as they came from behind to claim a point in another 2-2 draw. Follow @ChelseaYouthPix on Twitter for the best match photos as always. Last Friday in Manchester, it was Billy Gilmour and Marc Guehi with the late heroics to frustrate City. In front of 1,215…

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The Loan Report: August 19-25

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August 25, 2019

This isn’t the Conor Gallagher Report just yet, but it could well be, as the stylish midfielder scored for the third week in a row to get his Charlton Athletic career off to the most flying of starts. He was joined on the score sheet this week by two of his former academy team-mates, each of whom have made much-needed positive early impressions, and one long-time member of the Loan…

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Under-18s: Southampton 0-1 Chelsea

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August 24, 2019

Throughout Chelsea’s recent successful seasons at academy level, the first few matches haven’t always laid a marker for what was to come. The odd hiccup early in the campaign has been a bit of a common feature and so, for Ed Brand’s latest crop of youngsters to come out of their first three matches with nine points, including trips to Arsenal and Southampton, is a very encouraging sign for the…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 3-0 Liverpool

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August 19, 2019

The headlines will lead with news that Michy Batshuayi and Antonio Rüdiger guided Chelsea’s Development Squad to a 3-0 win over Liverpool on Monday night but, make no mistake about it, this was a confident and swashbuckling team performance that offered all manner of encouragement for the season to come. Certainly, having two seasoned pros in the ranks helped, and Batshuayi grabbed a brace, but there were also promising outings…

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The Loan Report: August 12-18

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August 18, 2019

For the second week in a row, Conor Gallagher takes centre stage in the Loan Report, as he produced another decisive performance for a Charlton Athletic side already looking comfortable in the Championship. Headliners After scoring his first professional goal last weekend at home to Stoke, the reigning Academy Player of the Year was back at it this time around away to Barnsley. He struck his second goal of the…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 4-3 West Ham United

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August 17, 2019

The start of a new season is a typically exuberant time, full of excitement and possibility, before the grind of the ten months that follows begins to take effect. Thar wide-eyed wonder at what might be possible brings out both the best and worst in people and, in academy football, that typically means scintillating moments of promise mixed in with no little error. Throw in playing in front of Frank…

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Development Squad: Derby County 0-1 Chelsea

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August 12, 2019

At any given time, Chelsea have a stunning array of individual talent running through the academy, but the collective is more powerful than any single player can ever be. We’re just two games into the new season as far as the Development Squad are concerned but, on the evidence to date, we’re looking at a group capable of mixing it with anyone. They might lack for numbers, and they’re going…

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The Loan Report: August 5-11

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August 11, 2019

We’re off and running in the goals column in the 2019-20 Loan Army season with two to bring you since last weekend. We’ll get to Brazil in due course but, to start with, there was a very enjoyable home debut in South London for a midfielder making his first senior start. Headliners Such was the impression Conor Gallagher made in his cameo from the bench in Charlton’s win at Blackburn…

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