The Loan Report: September 24-30

September 30, 2012

As regular readers of The Loan Report will know, we like to highlight big achievements as and when they occur. Typically, this takes the form of a goalscoring performance by one of Chelsea’s young loanees, and more often than not it’s a big, recognisable name. However, every now and then it’s one of the more obscure faces who makes an impact and gets to stand front and centre. That’s the…


Travels with The Chels – Napoli

September 30, 2012

Sadly the Travels are nearing their end. For various reasons I won’t make any of the away group games this season, so just a couple remain in the locker. So it’s time to go back to what, at the time, appeared likely to be Chelsea’s final Champions League game last season. I hadn’t originally intended to go Napoli. Indeed when the draw for the round of 16 was made in…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-2 Middlesbrough

September 29, 2012

Chelsea’s Under-21 team may be going through a sticky patch but their younger counterparts are going from strength to strength and recorded a fifth successive win on Saturday morning in defeating Middlesbrough 4-2 at Cobham. The win ensured that Adi Viveash’s boys retained their 100% record so far this season and with Fulham having suffered their first reverse of the campaign to Liverpool this morning, the Blues are now the…


Under-21s: Chelsea 1-3 Middlesbrough

September 28, 2012

Chelsea’s winless streak at Under-21 level was extended to three matches on Friday night as Middlesbrough made the long trip south and came away with a thoroughly well-earned 3-1 win.  A late first half strike had given them the lead and although Chelsea responded during a strong second-half spell, they were undone by two late strikes and lost for the second time this season.  Dermot Drummy made one change from…


Remember Romeu?

September 27, 2012

Before Tuesday night’s League Cup outing, Oriol Romeu had not featured in a Chelsea shirt since April, when he was in the team which played away to Arsenal. He was absent from the club’s pre-season stateside and the only real indication he still existed before this midweek was a token place amongst the substitutes in the odd game so far this season. Yet on the day after celebrating his 21st…


Under-21s: Crystal Palace 2-2 Chelsea

September 24, 2012

Chelsea’s Under-21 side twice came from behind to secure a well-deserved draw away to Crystal Palace on Monday night.  The unfamiliar sight of George Saville finding the back of the net was odd in the first instance, but he repeated the feat in the second half to prevent the hosts from taking all three points and ensure the match finished 2-2.  Blues supporters had keenly anticipated the night’s team news…


The Loan Report: September 17-23

September 23, 2012

The Belgians are good. Kevin De Bruyne scored for the second successive week for Werder Bremen in Germany whilst Romelu Lukaku helped keep up the momentum in a fine start to the season for Chelsea’s loanees with his second goal in West Bromwich Albion colours this weekend. It’s with the big striker that we start this week’s round-up. Lukaku was named in the starting eleven for the first time by…


Under-18s: Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace

September 22, 2012

Chelsea’s Under-18s remain perfect so far this season as they made it four wins from four in a hard- fought 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Cobham.  First half strikes from John Swift and Jesse Starkey had the Blues in the ascendancy and a third midway through the second period from Reece Mitchell looked to have put the result beyond doubt.  Kieran Woodley’s consolation effort gave the visitors hope and…


The Loan Report: September 12-16

September 16, 2012

Each week this season, the Loan Report (or the International report, as it predominantly was last week) has featured a Chelsea youngster scoring for his temporary club. That trend continued this week with Tomas Kalas, Kevin De Bruyne and Milan Lalkovic all finding the back of the net for the first time this season, and although Lalkovic’s was ‘only’ in friendly action, it nonetheless represents another positive step for his…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

September 15, 2012

Chelsea maintained their perfect record at Under-18 level this season with a come-from-behind win over Liverpool on Saturday morning.  The visitors has taken an early second half lead through Daniel Trickett-Smith but the Blues responded well and turned the game around with goals from Jordan Houghton and Alex Kiwomya to win 2-1.  As has been the case already this season, Adi Viveash rotated his ample squad and included Andreas Christensen…