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…


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…


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…


The Loan Report: November 5-11

November 11, 2018

The Loan Army returned to some semblance of normalcy this week, with plenty of players continuing to tick over nicely, a handful missing for various reasons, and Tammy Abraham scoring another goal. Headliners Abraham scored his fifth goal of the season for Aston Villa and did so against Fikayo Tomori, Frank Lampard, Jody Morris and Derby County. He and Assistant Manager John Terry claimed the bragging rights in a Chelsea-infused…


The Loan Report: October 29 – November 4

November 4, 2018

After a steady if unspectacular few weeks on the loan front, things exploded back into life over the past seven days, with a bunch of goals and noteworthy talking points. Let’s get stuck in. Headliners It’s a good time to be Jacob Maddox. Turning 20 on Saturday, he scored his first professional goals in midweek by notching a brace in Cheltenham’s Checkatrade Trophy win against Arsenal’s Under-21s, and followed that…


The Loan Report: October 22-28

October 28, 2018

Another week, another goal for the Loan Army. It wasn’t the most spectacular seven days, but the 40-strong group continues to churn along rather nicely overall. Headliners Michy Batshuayi provided the goal as Valencia drew 1-1 at Young Boys in the Champions League; his smart touch to create the chance was followed by the composure to round the goalkeeper and tuck away his second goal of the season. It hasn’t…


The Loan Report: October 15-21

October 21, 2018

We’re back with a full Loan Report after the international break, and we’ve got another Tammy Abraham goal, as he begins life under a new manager in positive fashion. Headliners Abraham’s form has been pretty good so far at Aston Villa, registering three goals in six games heading into the weekend, but the club’s overall record under Steve Bruce was woeful and led to a change of manager. Dean Smith…