Chelsea have sent young forward Lucas Piazon on loan for the remainder of the season, with the youngster set to play at Spanish club Malaga.
Intermin manager Rafa Benitez confirmed the news this morning, saying that "we have an agreement with Malaga for Lucas Piazon to go on loan there until the end of the season" (per Eurosport).
The 18-year-old then confirmed the news on his official Twitter account:
Just arrived at the hotel in Malaga, spent all day at the club and now is everything ready to start training! Tks everyone for the support— Lucas Piazon (@LucasPiazon) January 15, 2013
Piazon has made just three appearances for the West London club in over a year since making his move from Sau Paulo. However, his lone Premier League appearance against Aston Villa was in the 8-0 drubbing the Blues inflicted, in which the forward picked up an assist and also missed a penalty.
There is little doubt that the opportunity provided to the youngster at Malaga is one that will greatly benefit his footballing development.
The Spanish club are a great team with a host of talented players, and the combination of Isco feeding Piazon from midfield is a truly frightening thought for their La Liga opponents. Malaga have definitely grown over the past few years in the league and are definitely packed with talent for the future—thus providing a great platform for Piazon to join.
Piazon is joining a strong club that will help him greatly—particularly given that the loan allows him to play Champions League football. He would never have had that opportunity at the West London club, and yet now he does have that chance to pit himself against Europe's elite.
And it's not as if the loan deal is going to hurt Chelsea.
As Fulham Chronicle writer Dan Levene puts it:
@ekersc Piazon never was a Premier League striker. Nor was he likely to get a game. No change.— Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) January 15, 2013
The Blues will still have Fernando Torres and Demba Ba at the top of their attack, and a host of brilliant players in midfield to match that.
Piazon was incredibly unlikely to feature in the plans of Rafa Benitez or anyone at the West London club in the back half of the season; thus he cannot be missed at the club and cannot be considered a big departure for them in 2013.
The 18-year-old has a very bright future ahead of him at Stamford Bridge; this is merely one of the steps he needs to take to reach his full potential.
Should Chelsea have let Lucas Piazon leave on loan this winter?
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