The Loan Report: August 16-22

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August 22, 2010

With the season still only three weeks old, the loan report remains in its infancy, both in terms of the season overall, and the number of players being reported on. As you will read below, however, that is very much subject to change. Before discussing potential moves though, let’s focus on those who have played. With no midweek action to speak of, we dive straight into this weekend’s action, which…

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Reserves Set To Kick Off Season

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August 22, 2010

One never knows quite what to expect from a reserve campaign, but typically it’s not a great deal. 2010-11 will see a new structure in place, but even before things get underway, you get the impression it’s a bit like the emperor’s new clothes. Promises have been made, but in all probability, nothing will have changed and frustrations will grow at a system which is not conducive to developing young…

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Under 18s: Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United

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August 21, 2010

The new academy season started in heartbreaking fashion for Chelsea’s academy side as they went down to a last minute goal against Manchester United. Having led 2-0 in the first half, Dermot Drummy’s boys were pegged back and John Cofie won the points for the visitors deep into stoppage time. A healthy attendance was present at a grey Cobham for the first league meeting between the two sides since a…

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Academy Season Preview: Part Three – Chelsea’s Prospects

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August 20, 2010

After taking a look at Chelsea’s opposition in the past couple of days, we take a look at the Blues themselves on the eve of the academy campaign’s big kick-off. What are we expecting of the defending FA Youth Cup winners over the next ten months? It probably won’t include a retention of the trophy won back in April, for Sam Walker, Jeffrey Bruma, Conor Clifford, Kaby, Jacopo Sala, and…

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Sam Hutchinson Forced To Retire

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August 19, 2010

Chelsea this evening announced the terrible news that talented young defender Sam Hutchinson has been forced into retirement aged just 21 due to chronic long-term knee problems. Whilst the news isn’t a total shock to those who were aware of Sam’s troubles, it nonetheless comes as a huge blow to every Chelsea fan, and we can only imagine how devastated Sam himself must be. To summarise the situation, the young…

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Academy Season Preview: Part Two – Other Opponents

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August 19, 2010

In Part Two of our Season Preview, we take a look at the other ten teams Chelsea will face in 2010/11, five home and five away, to complete their 28-game schedule. Aston Villa Last Season: 3rd in Group B Last Meeting: 2-1 (2009-10 Youth Cup) Last season’s beaten FA Youth Cup finalists will return with eyes on going one step further in pursuit of silverware. The club continues to impress…

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Academy Season Preview: Part One – Group A

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August 18, 2010

So here we are again. Saturday morning will see Chelsea embark on another academy campaign; nine months of ups and downs, rumour, false hope and new dawns. Fresh off the back of their most successful season ever, the defending FA Youth Cup winners will undoubtedly be keen to defend their silverware, but the league brings its own charms and attractions. Whilst results come second to player development at this level,…

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The Loan Report: August 7-15

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August 15, 2010

With so many of Chelsea’s younger footballers heading out on loan, chronicling their progress is not only important, but an ever-expanding task. Every Sunday evening throughout the season we’ll do our best to bring you the latest news on how the boys are getting on in their time away from Stamford Bridge, as well as the occasional video highlight and view from the fans that are watching them. To kick…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 2-3 Wolves

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August 14, 2010

If pre-season is anything to go by, it’s going to be an entertaining and frustrating academy season. Dermot Drummy’s boys finished their summer schedule with a second defeat in three as an Andre Landell double sandwiching one from Jake Kempton saw Wolves come away from Cobham with a 3-2 victory. Chelsea had their chances and found the back of the net through Philipp Prosenik and George Saville but ultimately fell…

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The International Front

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August 13, 2010

It’s been a busy week for Chelsea’s young internationals, with no shortage of news to report upon. There’s been full debuts, junior outings, and call-ups to new age levels, and a largely positive week of action. It’s only right to start at the top, and with Jeffrey Bruma, who made his full international debut for Holland away to the Ukraine on Wednesday night. Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk selected what…

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