Romelu Lukaku | Loaned to West Bromwich Albion
Romelu Lukaku will face first-team competition from West Brom's three international forwards in Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Markus Rosenberg.
West Brom will be a cathartic experience for the Belgian—allowing him to exorcise the feelings of ineptitude he felt last season.
Having barged his way through the Seattle Sounders defence in pre-season, it wasn’t a surprise to see Lukaku run through Jamie Carragher last week. The Belgian had a fantastic debut against Liverpool but now he needs to consistently contribute week in, week out.
West Brom vs. Tottenham Hotspur this week is a must-watch for all Chelsea supporters because let’s see how the Belgian plays knowing he can upstage the man who stunted his career—André Villas-Boas.
Thibaut Courtois | Loaned to Atlético Madrid
A wonderful shot stopper, who radiates confidence on the field—except against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Thibaut Courtois is Petr Čech’s long-term replacement.
Josh McEachran | Loaned to Middlesbrough
When Josh McEachran joined Swansea City, he was never going to win a midfield position without things falling his way.
Joe Allen was such an invaluable midfielder to the Swans and Leon Britton was on course to become the most accurate passer in Europe's elite leagues.
If McEachran becomes a permanent starter at Middlesbrough, then Chelsea management have made the right loan move.
The kid is quality and he just needs that extended run in Chelsea's starting XI. It would be a travesty if he doesn't make it with the Blues.
Patrick van Aanholt and Tomas Kalas | Loaned to Vitesse
Van Aanholt will have to live up to Alexander Büttner's performances—where the 23-year-old was the Eredivisie's best left-back—which ultimately led to his transfer to Manchester United.
Kalas could become a solid centre-back but he's started the season terribly because his two games against Lokomotiv Plovdiv were forgettable.
The positives about these two loans is that both players are guaranteed starting positions.
Jeffrey Bruma | Loaned to Hamburg
Last October, I published an extensive loan report on Bruma's performances for the German club. Last season, his defending was as nonexistent as the likes of Rolando, Roger Johnson and Cristián Zapata.
Unless Bruma drastically improves, Chelsea should sell him.
Kevin De Bruyne | Loaned to Werder Bremen
Offloading Kevin De Bruyne to Werder Bremen is beyond stupid because the Belgian speaks fluent English, has English ancestry and considers London his second home:
"My grandfather’s has come across from London to see me but the rest of them haven't had the chance and they will see me play for the first time.
"It’s a real shame that my grandmother didn't live long enough to be there. I used to go to London every Christmas, with my family. I feel Ealing and West London is my second home."
Excluding Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur (André Villas-Boas wouldn’t want the Belgian anyway), Chelsea management could have loaned De Bruyne to Fulham, Queens Park Rangers or West Ham United.
If no deal could be reach, go outside of London, and it that doesn’t work, loan him to a London club in the Championship like Crystal Palace.
Hopefully for De Bruyne’s sake he consistently starts, because if he doesn’t, Chelsea have royally screwed up.