The Loan Report: February 11-17

February 17, 2019

A quieter week on the loan front saw a rare seven days without a goal being scored. There was still plenty to catch up on, however, so away we go. England Premier League Michy Batshuayi’s first start for Crystal Palace came in their FA Cup Fifth Round win at Doncaster. The Belgian played 75 minutes and it was a useful chance for him to get meaningful minutes before the resumption…


Development Squad: Chelsea 0-2 Swansea City

February 15, 2019

It was a disappointing Friday night under the Aldershot lights for Chelsea’s Development Squad as they were beaten 2-0 by Swansea City. Ethan Ampadu played a half and Jamie Cumming suffered a potentially serious injury in the closing stages of a forgettable contest in which the Blues simply didn’t find the right level of quality to impose themselves on their visitors from South Wales. Ampadu took his place in a…


The Loan Report: February 4-10

February 10, 2019

Not everyone lost 6-0 this week. Another seven days of productive loanee action brought us goals from Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Ola Aina, so we shall focus on those in an attempt to shed some positive light on affairs this Sunday. Headliners Pulisic was the first to find the back of the net in his most meaningful Dortmund action since agreeing to join Chelsea. It came in the German…


Development Squad: Derby County 0-1 Chelsea

February 4, 2019

A goal from Conor Gallagher was enough to earn Chelsea’s Development Squad their first win of 2019, arresting a run of four consecutive defeats in the process, and keeping them in touch at the top of a very congested Premier League 2 table. A 2-1 reverse away to Leicester on their last trip to the Midlands before Christmas was followed by disappointing results against Blackburn, Peterborough and Everton early in…


Checking In On The Under-18s

February 4, 2019

It’s all felt a little different for Chelsea’s Under-18s this season. The biggest and clearest difference is their premature exit from the FA Youth Cup; having won five in a row and seven of the previous nine, their Third Round exit at the hands of Manchester United was their earliest elimination from the competition in a decade, and has naturally raised questions from more casual observers as to why that…


The Loan Report: January 28 – February 3

February 3, 2019

The transfer deadline bought little news for the Loan Army, but one of the players who did head out during January made an instant impact for his new club. Headliners Victor Moses is no stranger to the Loan Army. Before he became a Premier League champion under Antonio Conte, the Nigerian international spent time at Stoke City, Liverpool and West Ham United. Back in familiar territory, he started his eighteen-month…


The Loan Report: January 21-27

January 27, 2019

A busy end to January kicked off in earnest this week with goals, moves and news aplenty. Let’s get stuck in. Headliners Tammy Abraham has been a constant this season, not just picking up where he left off in Championship football after spending 2016-17 at Bristol City, but improving at Aston Villa. A brace against Ipswich Town on Saturday took him up to 19 goals for the season, four short…


The Loan Report: January 14-20

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…


The Loan Report: January 7-13

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…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-2 Southampton

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…