Five Chelsea Players Who Will Shine out on Loan

Joe Krishnan@joekrishnanContributor IJuly 26, 2013

Five Chelsea Players Who Will Shine out on Loan

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    Last season, Chelsea opted to loan out 23 of their players and still managed have a full squad for the eight competitions they took part in.

    Perhaps even more astonishing is the fact that of the 23 shipped out, 15 were loaned to top flight clubs.

    Without the success of the system higher than ever, the Blues have continued the same policy this season, with 12 players already sent out, including Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) and Oriol Romeu (Celta Vigo). 

    Jose Mourinho revealed while on tour in Asia that several members of the first-team squad will also join them in leaving the club temporarily, despite the youngsters impressing greatly in the three matches on the 'Here to Play', Here to Stay' tour.

    We take a look at which five players are set to shine out on loan, and where they could end up.

    Be sure to let us know your thoughts and opinions at the foot of the page.

Josh McEachran

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    Age: 20
    Previous Loans: Swansea, Middlesbrough
    Suitable Destinations: Everton, Newcastle, Fulham.

    Josh McEachran is a curious case for Chelsea, and one that the fans are desperate for Jose Mourinho to solve.

    After a frustrating loan spell under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, where he made just five appearances in the 2011-12 campaign, McEachran was determined to get some regular playing time. As a result, he agreed to join Championship outfit Middlesbrough, realising the drop-down in divisions could allow him to gain more playing time.

    It was certainly a success, with the youngster proving to be a hit amongst the fans at the Riverside Stadium, appearing in 38 of the club's games, and was awarded the Young Player of the Year award by the fans.

    Mourinho has certainly given the England Under-21 international a few opportunities to show what he can do, and as expected, the central midfielder has displayed glimpses of his obvious ability.

    It would be beneficial for McEachran to join a side that focuses on playing free-flowing, attacking football in a 4-3-3 setup, and with this in mind moving to Everton under Roberto Martinez would be the best option. After all, the Spanish coach is well known for his ability to nurture young players, such as Joel Robles last season, and get the best out of their ability.

    Wherever he goes, here's hoping that the highly-rated youngster finally gets the opportunity he deserves to showcase his ability and make the next step in his career.


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    Age: 19
    Previous Loans: Fluminense (as part of deal with Chelsea)
    Suitable Destinations: Inter Milan, Roma, Napoli.

    A few eyebrows were raised when Chelsea opted to spend £4 million on a virtually unknown Brazilian youngster named Wallace. 

    Mainly because, like Manchester United twins Rafael and Fabio Da Silva, promising right-back Wallace was signed from Brazilian club Fluminense, who had just secured the Campeonato Brasileiro at the time in 2012.

    A real speed merchant with seemingly infinite levels of energy, the Brazil Under-20 international spent the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at his hometown club before joining up with the Blues for their tour of Asia.

    And on his debut against Singha All-Stars, Wallace was a key part of Chelsea's 1-0 victory. He won a penalty after he was brought down following a trademark burst into the penalty area, which Romelu Lukaku eventually converted.

    Jose Mourinho confirmed Wallace would be moving out on loan this season as he needs to gain a work permit and, according to ESPN, Inter Milan, Roma and Napoli are reported to be vying for his signature.

    Roma may be out of the reckoning due to their recent signing of Maicon, so it could be two-horse race between Inter and Napoli, who are managed by former Blues manager Rafa Benitez. 

Lucas Piazon

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    Age: 19
    Previous Loans: Sao Paulo (as part of Chelsea deal), Malaga
    Potential Destinations: Malaga, Crystal Palace, Liverpool

    Hailed as one of the biggest prospects in Chelsea's academy, Brazilian starlet Lucas Piazon is a wanted man after being made available for a loan by current coach Jose Mourinho, per Sky Sports.

    The 19-year-old forward, who joined Chelsea from Sao Paulo for £7 million last year, spent the second-half of last season on loan at Malaga under new Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini, making a total of 14 appearances with two assists. 

    Piazon, an attacking midfielder, who has been compared to Real Madrid star Kaka due to his striking resemblance and playing style, made his only Premier League appearance in the 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa.

    A move back to the Andalusian club could be on the cards after receiving some much-needed playing time, although The Mirror say that a season-long stay at Crystal Palace is more likely with some invaluable Premier League experience on offer.

Thibaut Courtois

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    Age: 21
    Previous Loans: Atletico Madrid
    Loaned to: Atletico Madrid (third season)

    Arguably one of the most successful players in Chelsea's history without playing a game for the club, Thibaut Courtois has already experienced the dizzy heights of European glory with Atletico Madrid.

    After David De Gea left for Manchester United in the summer of 2011, the Spanish giants had a gap to fill, and Chelsea wanted to loan out their goalkeeping prodigy, so it was a perfect match. 

    Joining for his third season at the Vicente Calderon while Petr Cech remains the number one choice at Stamford Bridge, Courtois has experienced a huge rise in reputation. He won the Zamora Trophy for keeping the most clean sheets in La Liga, conceding just 29 goals in 37 appearances in the process.

    Valued very highly at the West London club, the Blues know that this will be the final season before Courtois comes back to challenge for the No.1 spot at his parent club, and will be hoping he impresses just like he did last season.

Nathaniel Chalobah

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    Age: 18
    Previous Loans: Watford
    Potential Desitinations: Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham

    Chelsea fans will be excited to see yet another academy product showing his obvious potential in the Blue shirt, but unfortunately, it will be a short-lived sight.

    The promising midfielder is currently with the club on tour in Asia, and he revealed to Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho confirmed he is to move on loan to a Premier League club after his impressive spell with Watford last season.

    Primarily a centre-back, Chalobah can also play as a holding midfielder as he did in the 8-1 annihilation of BNI Indonesia on Thursday, and it is expected that he will play in a similar role at his next club.

    It's not yet known where he may move to, but with the starlet only just turning 18, a move to a fellow London-based club would be ideal for the club to observe his development.