It was perhaps inevitable that Christian Atsu would be sent out on loan this season. Chelsea have stockpiled young (African) talent over the last few years and it’s clear that there isn’t space for all of them in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Bearing this in mind, perhaps a loan move to Everton is the best possible outcome for the young Ghanaian winger.
Following his fine World Cup showings, it would have been a disaster had Atsu stagnated on the bench at Stamford Bridge. Similarly, the winger is surely primed for a grander stage than the Dutch Eredivisie and a return to Vitesse Arnhem would also have been a step in the wrong direction.
At Everton, however, Atsu will be exposed to the rigours of the Premier League and will surely receive game time amidst Everton’s limited squad and the demands of the Europa League.
He will also get the chance to work with Roberto Martinez, a manager who has a track record for improving and developing young talent.
This article profiles five other players who, like Atsu, would benefit from a loan move this season.