The Loan Report: December 3-9

December 9, 2018

After all the goals in last week’s Loan Report, we have none this weekend, after a quiet seven days overall. Let’s catch up on how everybody’s doing anyway. England Premier League Kurt Zouma returned to the Everton starting eleven for their midweek clash with Newcastle, for whom Kenedy missed out injured, and the Frenchman was in good form again. He’ll hope to retain his place when the Toffees host Watford…


Under-18s: Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea

December 8, 2018

A dress rehearsal for their FA Youth Cup date a week on Monday it wasn’t, but Chelsea’s defence of the Under-18 Premier League Cup now lies in the hands of results elsewhere, as a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday morning leaves them hoping they make the Quarter Finals as one of the two best runners-up from the group stages. A miserable first half saw Andy Myers’ boys concede…


Development Squad: Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United

December 7, 2018

They had to wait until the last chance in 2018 but Chelsea’s Development Squad finally recorded their first home league win of the season against West Ham on Friday night, and they did it in dramatic style. It hasn’t been a bad season by any measure, thanks in large part to their tremendous away record, but they’ve found the going much tougher at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium and had failed to…


Development Squad: Chelsea 2-1 Wimbledon

December 4, 2018

Controversial though it may be, Chelsea’s involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy continues to yield positive results both on and off the pitch, as they beat Wimbledon 2-1 on Tuesday night to reach the last sixteen of the competition for the second successive season. The merits of allowing Under-21 teams to compete alongside fully-fledged professional outfits have long been discussed, with heated arguments almost always developing, but the Blues will have…


The Loan Report: November 26 – December 2

December 2, 2018

For one week at least, it’s Tammy Abraham’s world, and we’re all just living in it. The England forward scored five goals in two matches over the past seven days to reassert his claim to be the best forward outside of the top flight. Headliners After scoring and winning the man of the match award in last Sunday’s derby win over Birmingham, Abraham led an in-form Aston Villa into an…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-0 Reading

December 1, 2018

Chelsea’s Under-18s returned to winning ways on Saturday morning with a hard-fought 2-0 win at home to Reading at Cobham. A week after being held to a frustrating goalless draw away to Fulham, a result that brought an end to an eight-match winning run, the Blues were able to find the right formula courtesy of first-half goals from George Nunn and Thierno Ballo. It wasn’t always easy, in unpleasant conditions…


UEFA Youth League: Chelsea 6-0 Elfsborg (9-0 on aggregate)

November 28, 2018

There will be tougher challenges ahead for sure but, for the time being, Chelsea have dealt with their UEFA Youth League schedule with the minimum of fuss. In all honesty they have no business being involved in the Domestic Champions path of the competition, yet that was the hand they were dealt by Antonio Conte’s disappointing 2017-18 first-team squad, and they’ve handled their business accordingly. Certainly, they’ve faced inferior opposition…


The Loan Report: November 19-25

November 25, 2018

Big matches call for big players, and Tammy Abraham stepped forward in the Second City Derby on Sunday, scoring and being named man of the match as Aston Villa beat Birmingham at Villa Park. Danilo Pantic also returned from injury with a pair of goals for Partizan Belgrade. Headliners Villa have been upwardly mobile since Dean Smith replaced Steve Bruce (with John Terry on his coaching staff), but Birmingham have…


Under-18s: Fulham 0-0 Chelsea

November 24, 2018

Chelsea’s Under-18s missed out on the chance to close the gap at the top of the Premier League South table on Saturday morning as they were held to a goalless draw by West London neighbours Fulham at Motspur Park. With the top two in Tottenham and Arsenal playing in North London, the opportunity was at hand for Andy Myers’ boys to take advantage with a derby win of their own,…


Development Squad: Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

November 23, 2018

The wait for a home win this season goes on for Chelsea’s Development Squad but, following an 89th-minute equaliser, they will be happy to have taken a point from an entertaining London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium on Friday night. Joe Edwards’ side have been almost perfect on their travels so far in 2018-19, winning seven of eight matches away from home, but they have found things…