The Loan Report: April 3-9

April 9, 2017

It’s been a very busy week on the loan front, with goals flying in left, right, and centre. With so much to cover, let’s dive straight in. Headliners The Eredivisie was responsible for the majority of our headlines, and it began with Bertrand Traore opening the scoring in Ajax’s 4-1 win against AZ Alkmaar in midweek. Playing as a centre-forward in the continued absence of the injured Kasper Dolberg, the…


Under-18s: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

April 8, 2017

Chelsea’s 26-match unbeaten run at Under-18 level came to an end on Saturday morning as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at the City Academy Stadium. Tom Dele-Bashiru’s first-half goal and a late stoppage-time second from Taylor Richards proved enough to earn all three points for the hosts in the Merit Stage of Under-18 Premier League competition despite a missed penalty by Reece James, but neither team played anywhere…


Development Squad: Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

April 7, 2017

The last few games of the season tends to offer time for reflection on the campaign, particularly at youth level, and so as Chelsea’s Development Squad beat Sunderland 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening, the hard work of the previous eight months started to come to mind. The Blues don’t finish their schedule for another fortnight yet, but as 16 and 17 year-old prospects dominated from start to finish…


The Loan Report: March 27 – April 2

April 2, 2017

The last international break of the 2016-17 season gave way to the return of club football this week, and the season-long streak of at least one goal being scored by a Chelsea loanee in every full week of the club campaign duly continued thanks to a pair of midfielders and one French forward. Headliners Marco van Ginkel is hardly a stranger to finding the back of the net and, now…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-3 Manchester United

April 1, 2017

Academy football returned on Saturday with a seven-goal thriller as Chelsea’s Under-18s edged out Manchester United 4-3 at Cobham to remain a perfect two-out-of-two in the Merit Stage of competition. A fascinating contest in the warmth of a sunny April morning swung to and fro, with the visitors establishing an early lead through Ethan Hamilton only to trail at the break as Juan Castillo and Conor Gallagher, from the penalty…