• The Chelsea Academy Class of 2017
  • The Loan Report: A Pre-Season Primer
  • Summer Self-Scouting: Matt Miazga
  • Summer Self-Scouting: Andreas Christensen
  • Summer Self-Scouting: Mario Pašalić
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Summer Self-Scouting: Kasey Palmer

As part of our review of the 2016-17 Chelsea Loan Report season, we’re focusing on ten of the 44 players who embarked upon temporary moves away from Stamford Bridge. The ten players have been selected as being amongst the most interesting of the group; be it for their proximity to the first-team squad under Antonio Conte, for the league they’re playing in, the progress they’ve made at a tender age,…

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Summer Self-Scouting: Tammy Abraham

As part of our review of the 2016-17 Chelsea Loan Report season, we’re focusing on ten of the 44 players who embarked upon temporary moves away from Stamford Bridge. The ten players have been selected as being amongst the most interesting of the group; be it for their proximity to the first-team squad under Antonio Conte, for the league they’re playing in, the progress they’ve made at a tender age,…

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The Loan Report: Reflections on the 2016-17 Season

After more than 1000 matches, 72,000 minutes and 126 goals from more than 40 players on approaching 50 individual deals, perhaps the most frustrating part of Chelsea’s expansive loan policy is that there’s little closure. We’re no closer to knowing whether many of them are ready to play for the first team or not than we were back in August. At best, we’re able to whittle away the bottom third…

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On Dominic Solanke Joining Liverpool

News on Tuesday confirmed what has long been suspected around Chelsea. Dominic Solanke, unable agree terms on a new contract at the club, will become a free agent on July 1st, and has agreed to join Premier League rivals Liverpool. The disappointment is palpable yet the predictability of it somewhat tempers the frustration. All paths have been leading up to this since the start of the season as Chelsea’s stance…

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The Loan Report: May 22-29

The final Loan Report of the season contains joy and despair in equal measure, with big matches at home and across Europe closing out the campaign for the remaining Chelsea players out on loan. We start at Wembley. Headliners It’s been a season for the ages for Huddersfield Town, who defied pre-season expectations of a mid-table finish at best to fight for promotion from the outset. After making their way…

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The Loan Report: May 15-21

The penultimate Loan Report of the season doesn’t have any goals, but instead ties up a host of loose ends in a campaign that has seen more than 70,000 minutes played over more than 1000 matches by in excess of 40 players, some of whom are still playing for silverware. Headliners Juan Cuadrado, however, claimed two trophies this week as Juventus completed an Italian league and cup double. By winning…

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Development Squad: Reflections on the 2016-17 Season

Neatly juxtaposed alongside the euphoria and excitement that typically comes with a Chelsea Under-18 season is the reality of the challenge the same players face when they make the step up into Under-23 Development Squad football. The journey isn’t linear and the jump isn’t the same as it is from Under-16 to Under-18 football. They’re now playing against opponents often well into their 20s, occasionally against seasoned pros returning from…

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Under-18s: Reflections on the 2016-17 Season

In the immediate aftermath of the Under-18s’ 13-0 drubbing of Brighton in February – their win in more than 50 years – Jody Morris remarked, ‘imagine if we’d have had our shooting boots on today’, without a hint of sarcasm. In setting the highest of standards for his youngsters, the academy product from West London who made the same journey his young charges are now embarking upon – all the…

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