The Loan Report: March 12-18

March 18, 2018

A number of the usual suspects found the back of the net this week as the Loan Report leads off with strikes from Lucas Piazon, Marco van Ginkel, and Michy Batshuayi, who combined to edge us closer to the 80-goal mark for the campaign. Headliners Piazon was the first to take a share of the headlines, scoring a smart goal in Fulham’s West London derby draw against Queens Park Rangers….


Under-18 League Cup Final: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

March 18, 2018

If there’s a trophy to be won, Chelsea’s Under-18s will make it their aim to be the team that does so. And, on Sunday afternoon at a snow-covered Cobham, Jody Morris’ boys did just that, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to become the inaugural winners of the Under-18 Premier League Cup whilst showcasing their tremendous academy depth in doing so. The UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup campaigns can often…


Development Squad: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

March 17, 2018

Chelsea’s recent good form at Under-23 level came to an end on Saturday as they were defeated 3-1 by title-chasing Arsenal at a snowy London Colney. In freezing conditions, the Blues took an early lead through Kyle Scott, and enjoyed several more good opportunities to extend their advantage without taking them. Arsenal’s response was impressive though, stealing ahead before half time as Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules struck, and Reiss…


UEFA Youth League: Real Madrid 2-4 Chelsea

March 14, 2018

Chelsea will return to Nyon for the UEFA Youth League Finals weekend once again after overcoming Real Madrid in a pulsating Quarter Final on Wednesday afternoon. The Blues fell behind early to a sensational free kick from Óscar Hernández, but showed exceptional resolve to respond with a clinical first half in front of goal, as Daishawn Redan laid on an equaliser for Luke McCormick before adding two himself to establish…


The Loan Report: March 5-11

March 11, 2018

Following a rather quiet fortnight on the Loan Front, this weekend gave us plenty to talk about, with Kenedy leading the way by scoring his first goals for Newcastle United, whilst Michy Batshuayi got back into the goalscoring groove too. Headliners Quite the pair of goals they were too. The Brazilian was in top form for the Toon Army in a big relegation clash against Southampton, and found the back…


Under-18s: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Chelsea

March 9, 2018

Chelsea are two wins away from their fourth successive Under-18 Premier League South title after a 4-1 win at Brighton on Friday night saw them move twelve points clear of nearest challenger Arsenal. Charlie Brown, Billy Gilmour and George McEachran struck in a devastating four-minute first-half spell to put the result beyond doubt there and then, whilst Clinton Mola thumped home a spectacular fourth to add emphasis in the second…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City

March 6, 2018

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Under-18 Premier League to nine points with a 2-0 win over Leicester City at Cobham on a rainy Tuesday lunchtime. With second-placed Arsenal not in action until the weekend after next, the Blues knew that wins against the Foxes and Brighton on Friday would heap the pressure on the chasing Gunners, and second-half goals from Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Charlie Brown ensured…


The Loan Report: February 26 – March 4

March 4, 2018

A relatively quiet week on the loan front lacked significant headlines and several English-based players saw their fixtures postponed due to heavy snow and freezing weather. With nothing specific to focus on, let’s dive straight in. England Premier League Inclement weather rarely results in postponements in the Premier League, however, and so a full schedule of matches went ahead. Kurt Zouma was in superb form for Stoke at Southampton, but…


FA Youth Cup: Fulham 0-6 Chelsea

February 27, 2018

Chelsea have often made things look much easier than they actually are in their dominant FA Youth Cup stretch over the past five years, but rarely have they done what they did to Fulham on a bitterly cold Tuesday evening on the banks of the River Thames. Frustrated despite their first half dominance at Craven Cottage, Jody Morris’ young Blues put their West London neighbours to the sword in the…


The Loan Report: February 19-25

February 25, 2018

A steady pace of loanee goals continued this week, despite Michy Batshuayi being held off the scoresheet for the first time at Dortmund, as Kasey Palmer and Mason Mount chipped in with strong performances instead, whilst Joao Rodriguez also found the net again. Headliners Palmer’s season hasn’t exactly gone the way most had hoped way back in August. Fresh off the back of helping Huddersfield to the Premier League, he…