The Loan Report: February 18-24

February 24, 2019

So, to the Loan Army. Batshuayi, Hazard and Alvaro Morata all scored this weekend, which is probably something we’ve never said about Chelsea before, and might not in future either. As we still try to work out what happens after Wembley for the first team, let’s have a bit of light relief and catch up on the last seven days. Headliners Morata thought he’d scored earlier in midweek against Juventus…


Under-18s: Chelsea 6-0 Swansea City

February 23, 2019

Chelsea’s Under-18s recorded their biggest win of the season so far as they defeated Swansea City 6-0 at Cobham on Saturday. In their first competitive action for 42 days, the Blues looked keen to make up for lost time, and were in a comfortable position at half time courtesy of goals from George Nunn and Thierno Ballo. Pierre Ekwah Elimby added a third before then being sent off, but the…


UEFA Youth League: Chelsea 3-1 Monaco

February 19, 2019

Chelsea produced their finest academy performance of the season to reach the UEFA Youth League last sixteen as they beat Monaco 3-1 at Cobham on Tuesday evening. It was a performance that was required against one of the toughest opponents they’ve faced this, or any, season, as the French side featured a number of expensively-assembled talents alongside their home-grown best in a team where several came with first-team experience. They…


The Loan Report: February 11-17

February 17, 2019

A quieter week on the loan front saw a rare seven days without a goal being scored. There was still plenty to catch up on, however, so away we go. England Premier League Michy Batshuayi’s first start for Crystal Palace came in their FA Cup Fifth Round win at Doncaster. The Belgian played 75 minutes and it was a useful chance for him to get meaningful minutes before the resumption…


Development Squad: Chelsea 0-2 Swansea City

February 15, 2019

It was a disappointing Friday night under the Aldershot lights for Chelsea’s Development Squad as they were beaten 2-0 by Swansea City. Ethan Ampadu played a half and Jamie Cumming suffered a potentially serious injury in the closing stages of a forgettable contest in which the Blues simply didn’t find the right level of quality to impose themselves on their visitors from South Wales. Ampadu took his place in a…


The Loan Report: February 4-10

February 10, 2019

Not everyone lost 6-0 this week. Another seven days of productive loanee action brought us goals from Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Ola Aina, so we shall focus on those in an attempt to shed some positive light on affairs this Sunday. Headliners Pulisic was the first to find the back of the net in his most meaningful Dortmund action since agreeing to join Chelsea. It came in the German…


Development Squad: Derby County 0-1 Chelsea

February 4, 2019

A goal from Conor Gallagher was enough to earn Chelsea’s Development Squad their first win of 2019, arresting a run of four consecutive defeats in the process, and keeping them in touch at the top of a very congested Premier League 2 table. A 2-1 reverse away to Leicester on their last trip to the Midlands before Christmas was followed by disappointing results against Blackburn, Peterborough and Everton early in…


Checking In On The Under-18s

February 4, 2019

It’s all felt a little different for Chelsea’s Under-18s this season. The biggest and clearest difference is their premature exit from the FA Youth Cup; having won five in a row and seven of the previous nine, their Third Round exit at the hands of Manchester United was their earliest elimination from the competition in a decade, and has naturally raised questions from more casual observers as to why that…


The Loan Report: January 28 – February 3

February 3, 2019

The transfer deadline bought little news for the Loan Army, but one of the players who did head out during January made an instant impact for his new club. Headliners Victor Moses is no stranger to the Loan Army. Before he became a Premier League champion under Antonio Conte, the Nigerian international spent time at Stoke City, Liverpool and West Ham United. Back in familiar territory, he started his eighteen-month…


The Loan Report: January 21-27

January 27, 2019

A busy end to January kicked off in earnest this week with goals, moves and news aplenty. Let’s get stuck in. Headliners Tammy Abraham has been a constant this season, not just picking up where he left off in Championship football after spending 2016-17 at Bristol City, but improving at Aston Villa. A brace against Ipswich Town on Saturday took him up to 19 goals for the season, four short…