The Loan Report: December 16-22

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December 22, 2019

You can’t keep Mario Pašalić down, as he ably demonstrated again this week, with a goal and an assist to take the Loan Army into Christmas. Headliners Pašalić has arguably been the player of the Loan Army season to date, considering his level of performance for a genuinely good Atalanta team. Having booked their place in the Champions League knockout rounds last week, they were back on top in Serie…

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FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 4-0 Huddersfield Town

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December 18, 2019

Chelsea returned to FA Youth Cup action on Wednesday evening with a resounding 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town that, while it might not necessarily have undoubtedly affirmed their title credentials, at the very least served notice that the Blues are back. A year after seeing their five-year reign as Youth Cup holders ended by Manchester United in a premature Third Round exit, a new crop of youngsters took centre stage…

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Previewing Chelsea’s 2019-20 FA Youth Cup Campaign

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December 17, 2019

A record-breaking run is only properly committed to the history books when it ends and so, a year on from Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup Third Round exit at the hands of Manchester United, their historic five-year reign as winners of the country’s most prestigious youth-age competition, there has been plenty of time to reflect on just how incredible a streak it was. It equaled United’s own five-year campaign of excellence…

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The Loan Report: December 9-15

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December 15, 2019

UEFA competition came up big for the Loan Army this week, as both Mario Pašalić and Kenedy found the back of the net. Headliners Pašalić has been especially impressive this season for an Atalanta team that are fast becoming many people’s darlings. Their 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, a match in which he scored the second goal, saw them make Champions League history in becoming the first team…

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The Loan Report: December 2-8

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December 8, 2019

The past week had no goals, but there’s still plenty to catch up on from the Loan Army, so let’s get started. England Premier League Danny Drinkwater made his long-awaited(?) Burnley debut in the Clarets’ midweek defeat at home to Manchester City. It was his first senior competitive league start since March 2018, and just his second in any competition, so when manager Sean Dyche explained his absence at the…

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Under-18s hit eight as Development Squad come from behind to go top

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December 7, 2019

It was a successful Saturday on the academy front as the Development Squad and Under-18s each secured results that put them top of the table approaching the winter break. Ed Brand’s youth team got things started in style with an 8-0 win away to bottom-of-the-table Swansea City in South Wales, extending their season-long unbeaten run, and leapfrogging Fulham to go top outright and on their own for the first time…

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The Loan Report: November 25 – December 1

mariop
December 1, 2019

Izzy Brown, Mario Pašalić and Jake Clarke-Salter added to the steady flow of Loan Army goals this season, so they’re the Headliners in this week’s edition of the Loan Report. Headliners Pašalić is a well-known commodity now; a versatile attacking midfielder who’s good for a few goals every season and plays at a high enough level to be of interest to Chelsea in the future. After logging ninety minutes for…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-2 Fulham

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November 30, 2019

To still be unbeaten after four months of the season takes courage, toughness and no little agility. That both Chelsea and Fulham started and finished Saturday without a league defeat to their names in 2019-20 is testament to the character in the respective squads, and the 2-2 final score at Cobham in this latest reprisal of their West London derby was about right on balance. Certainly, both teams will feel…

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The Loan Report: November 18-24

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November 24, 2019

With the last international break of 2019 firmly in the rear view mirror, the Loan Report is back to check in on Chelsea’s far-flung charges, with Iké Ugbo and Conor Gallagher taking centre stage as they have for most of the season. Headliners Gallagher has been outstanding in his first four months in senior football, starring for Charlton Athletic in England’s second tier, and shining bright when the spotlight is…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

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November 23, 2019

Chelsea completed a 100% group stage in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, and qualified for the Quarter Finals, after beating Arsenal 2-1 at Cobham on Saturday. First half goals from Armando Broja and Sam Iling Jr, the latter with his first at this level, proved enough for Ed Brand’s unbeaten boys, despite a late comeback from the visitors that saw Daniel Oyegoke reduce the deficit to no avail. It wasn’t…

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