The Loan Report: September 10-16

September 16, 2018

We’re back from the international break with a full complement of loanees to catch up on, with the headlines this week belonging to Iké Ugbo. Headliners Ugbo will have found out a lot about himself over the past twelve months; his first loan in professional football was at Championship club Barnsley, where a promising start grew into winter frustration. He swapped the Tykes’ red for the white of Milton Keynes…


The new rumoured loan rules wouldn’t really affect Chelsea at all

September 13, 2018

A report on Thursday’s Sport BILD carried rumours that FIFA are to ‘crack down’ on the excessive loaning of players by top clubs by limiting them to a maximum of eight per season, something that would supposedly cause no end of problems for the likes of Chelsea (40 out on loan currently) and Juventus (26), apparent player hoarders that they are. Cue hysteria: Ignoring for one moment that Manchester City,…


The Loan Report: September 3-9

September 9, 2018

The international break usually means a break from the Loan Report but, with more a dozen young Blues still around and not getting any time off, we’re still going to check in on the latest news and views. Headliners The best performer over the past seven days has to be Yeovil’s Nathan Baxter, who recorded a fifth straight clean sheet in the Glovers’ midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash with Exeter City….


The Loan Report: August 27 – September 2

September 2, 2018

There are even more goals from the Championship in this week’s edition of the Loan Report as young, English hopefuls continue to make headlines. With the transfer window also closing in most countries on Friday, we’ll also cover the last-minute deals that took the Loan Army up to a record-breaking 40. Headliners Before the flurry of Friday deals, however, there was a midweek round of League Cup action for our…


Development Squad: Swansea City 0-1 Chelsea

September 2, 2018

Chelsea’s Development Squad maintained their perfect record away from home so far in the 2018-19 season with a 1-0 win at Swansea County that took them to the top of the Premier League 2 table. Joseph Colley’s goal shortly before the hour mark proved decisive in a tight and closely-fought contest that the home team probably shaded overall, but an increasingly resilient young Blues team featuring three seventeen year-olds added…


Under-18s: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

September 1, 2018

That was more like it. It hasn’t been the smoothest start to the season for Chelsea’s Under-18s, who were held to a draw at home to Leicester City two weeks ago before a defeat at Tottenham last time out, but they put all of that behind them with a handsome 3-1 win over a previously unbeaten Arsenal at Cobham on Saturday morning. They had goalkeeper Karlo Žiger to thank for…


The Loan Report: August 20-26

August 26, 2018

The goals continue to flow for Chelsea’s Loan Army and, indeed, we’re slightly ahead of the early-season total from this point a year ago. A pair of talented Championship playmakers were responsible for adding to the tally late in the week, but it was a duo playing overseas who got things going. Headliners Mario Pašalić had already made his presence felt in Atalanta colours in Europe, and on Monday night…


Under-18s: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Chelsea

August 25, 2018

Chelsea’s Under-18s suffered their first defeat of the 2018-19 season on Saturday morning as they went down 2-0 away to Tottenham Hotspur. A week after being held to a frustrating draw at home to Leicester City, Andy Myers’ new group of scholars discovered more of the lessons dished out by full-time academy football as they fell to goals in either half courtesy of Paris Maghoma and Armando Shashoua. Dan Davies…


Development Squad: Chelsea 0-1 Derby County

August 24, 2018

It was an evening for learning lessons and finding perspective. When the team news ahead of the Development Squad’s Premier League 2 fixture at home to Derby County came out some 45 minutes before kick-off, social media was abuzz, for not only was Tammy Abraham involved at this level for the first time in more than two years, he was joined in an exciting front three by Callum Hudson-Odoi –…


The Loan Report: August 13-19

August 19, 2018

A bunch of young Championship teenagers lead the way in this week’s Loan Report; four England youth internationals, four more goals, and a hell of a lot of promise. Headliners The League Cup often provides opportunity for the next generation of academy talent to step up and get their feet wet in professional football. Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Kasey Palmer and Trevoh Chalobah have all however jumped in at the…