The Loan Report: Season Review

May 27, 2018

Europe’s most notorious loan empire has just finished another record-breaking season, but it might also be on the verge of finally downsizing. Over the past ten months, 39 players have played more than 80,000 combined minutes over 1050+ matches, scoring 99 goals, keeping 37 clean sheets, winning titles, securing promotion, lifting cups, and experiencing the heartache of relegation. It’s a familiar story to regular readers of the Loan Report, with…


Academy Season Review: Development Squad Ups and Downs

May 26, 2018

The contrast between the joyous excesses of a Chelsea Under-18s and the harsher learning curve some of those players then go on to experience at Development Squad level remains a stark and very real one. That isn’t to say that the Dev Squad aren’t successful in their own right; a Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final run and another trip to the UEFA Youth League Final means the 2017-18 season was impressive…


Academy Season Review: Record-Breaking Under-18s

May 25, 2018

From any angle you look at it, however you frame it, Chelsea’s Under-18s have surpassed any hyberbole or superlative with what they have achieved over the past five years. Five consecutive FA Youth Cups, four consecutive Premier League South titles, two national Premier League titles, and the inaugural Premier League Cup. Record-setting winning streaks, goalscoring totals, clean sheet tallies, an unbeaten home record spanning more than three years; the list…


The Loan Report: May 14-20

May 20, 2018

Mason Mount took Vitesse to the brink of Europa League qualification. Matt Miazga helped them over the line. We begin the final Loan Report of the season with a look at how the Arnhem club secured UEFA competition football for 2017-18. Headliners For much of the season it looked as if Vitesse’s Europa League experience this term was to be a one-off; sinking lower and lower in the league under…


The Loan Report: May 7-13

May 13, 2018

Mason Mount is intent on dragging Vitesse back into the Europa League next season, whether he’ll be at the Gelredome again or not, and demonstrated as much with an unstoppable week of football. Headliners Vitesse’s sixth-place finish ensured they would take part in the Eredivisie’s four-team playoff for the final Europa League Qualifying Round berth. A two-legged Semi Final against ADO Den Haag was up first, and Mount was simply…