The Loan Report: May 26-31

May 31, 2015

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate in the final Loan Report of the 2014-15 season as Vitesse secured Europa League qualification whilst one youngster who has not always had an easy ride during his Chelsea career got his hands on a league title this weekend. Netherlands Having seen off PEC Zwolle last week, Vitesse were left with a two-legged tie against Heerenveen with a place in the Third Qualifying Round…


The Loan Report: Season in Review – England

May 29, 2015

We’ve reached (pretty much) the end of the 2014-15 club season, which means it’s time to look back over the campaign as far as things went on the loan front at Chelsea Football Club. In this review, we look at events as they unfolded in England.           Who? [table class=”table table-striped”] Player,Team,Appearances,Goals Nathan Aké,Reading,5,0 Christian Atsu,Everton,13,0 Lewis Baker,Sheffield Wednesday,4,0 Lewis Baker,MK Dons,12,3 Patrick Bamford,Middlesbrough,44,19 Ryan Bertrand*,Southampton,27,2…


2014-15 Academy Review of the Season

May 27, 2015

It’s tough to know where to begin when looking back on the 2014-15 Chelsea academy season. Do you highlight a fourth FA Youth Cup in six years and becoming only the second team in the last ten years to retain the trophy? How about being the first English side to be crowned UEFA Youth League Champions? The club’s Under-21 and Under-18 groups each mounted title challenges before falling away to…


The Loan Report: May 18-25

May 25, 2015

The season is winding down towards its conclusion but there remains a few prevailing interests on the Chelsea loanee front. We kick off this weekend, as we have done quite often this season, with Bertrand Traore. Headliners To say Vitesse’s fortunes have improved somewhat since manager Peter Bosz opted to move the Burkina Faso international into a centre forward role back in November would be understating things somewhat. His prolific…


The Goalscoring Antics of Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham

May 21, 2015

Two young forwards born eighteen days and fifty miles apart have cut a swathe through academy defences this season. Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham have combined for 82 goals against England and Europe’s finest, split perfectly equally at 41 apiece. That no Chelsea player had managed such a feat in more than two decades shows the scale of the achievement by a pair of boys who joined the club together…


The Loan Report: May 11-17

May 17, 2015

A brace from Bertrand Traore took the total goals scored by Chelsea’s assembled loanees this season to a round 80 (which then increased further later in the day) but his efforts weren’t enough to ensure direct passage into the Europa League for Vitesse this weekend. Headliners The geel en zwaart went into the final round of Eredivisie fixtures knowing a win and help elsewhere would ensure a third-placed finish and…


Under-21s: Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United

May 15, 2015

A goal from Josh Cullen in stoppage time handed West Ham United a 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday night and was enough to crown Manchester United as Barclays Under-21 Premier League Champions; the Blues yielding a title they had held since winning at Old Trafford twelve months ago. The Blues never really found their rhythm and looked for large spells a tired side finally affected by…


Under-21s: Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea

May 11, 2015

Chelsea’s chances of winning the Barclays Under-21 Premier League took a sizeable dent on Monday night as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Duncan Watmore’s early second half goal proved the difference between the two sides in a tight contest and the defeat leaves the Blues needing help from elsewhere if they are to end the season on top of the pile. Adi…


The Loan Report: May 4-10

May 10, 2015

Marco van Ginkel became the 20th different Chelsea loanee to score a goal this season as he netted against Roma on Saturday night. We begin this late-season Loan Report with him before switching attention to another Serie A goalscorer. Headliners Van Ginkel has emerged as a regular name on Filippo Inzaghi’s team sheet over the last two to three months and, despite Milan’s season being all sorts of disappointing, his…


Under-18s: Chelsea 3-3 Manchester City

May 9, 2015

Chelsea’s hopes of adding the Barclays Under-18 Premier League title to their already impressive trophy haul were dealt a considerable and most likely fatal blow on Saturday morning as they allowed Manchester City to come from three goals behind to claim a 3-3 draw at Aldershot’s Electrical Services Stadium. A fantastic first half display capped by a brace by Isaac Christie-Davies had the Blues well in command and the win…