Chelsea FC: 5 Blues Andre Villas-Boas May Send on Loan in January
There are many players at Chelsea FC that could well go on to be stars in the future.
The problem is, there are experienced veterans in the Blues squad still playing as good as they ever have, which essentially condemns the young, still-developing players to the bench.
One obvious way to get around this problem and give these youngsters the experience they need is to send them out on loan.
Loans to other Premier League clubs could do these players a world of good, and if you want evidence of this, you need look no further than our own Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge was sent out on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the second haf of last season after a mediocre year-and-a half at Stamford Bridge. With Bolton, he scored a total of eight goals in 12 appearances for the Trotters and considerably improved his skills and aptitude as a player. He is now essentially a guaranteed starter in André Villas-Boas' (AVB) Blues side.
With that said, here are five players AVB may decide to send out on loan this January...
Ryan Bertrand is a left-back who has been at CFC since 2006.
In his time with Chelsea, Ryan Bertrand has been sent on a total of seven loans to an array of clubs throughout the leagues in the English Football Association, such as Bournemouth, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Reading and Nottingham Forrest.
This season, however, Villas-Boas decided to keep him back with the senior squad. Despite this, Bertrand has seen no Premier League playing time at all, and has only played in Chelsea's Carling Cup match against Fulham.
Being that he's seen as the eventual replacement for Ashley Cole, AVB may just want to send him out on loan again for the second half of this season, rather than have him languishing on the bench for the entire year, considering Cole is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
A loan to another Premier League club could do Bertrand a world of good if he's to eventually fill Cole's shoes.
Oriol Romeu joined this summer. He was purchased from FC Barcelona, where he played in the B team and was previously a graduate of their famed La Masia academy.
At just 19, he is certainly a great prospect; so much so, in fact, that Barcelona insisted a buy-back clause be inserted into his contract when he signed with Chelsea early this summer, should they ever want him back at any time in the next two years.
Romeu currently doesn't see the pitch too much, and it's looking more and more likely that he'll be used only for FA Cup and League Cup matches.
As a result of this, AVB may decide that he needs more experience in the Premier League to make it to the first team, and may opt to send him on loan to another club until the end of the season.
Lucas Piazon was signed in this past January transfer window.
He is an attacking midfielder who was signed from São Paulo over 10 months ago, but is not eligible to play for Chelsea until the middle of January, when he will turn 18.
He is a promising young talent, even being compared to the likes of Kaka for his style of play, but may very well be sent on loan by AVB for the remainder of the season in order to get a feel of the Premier League before eventually joining the senior squad.
There are a lot of Chelsea fans who wouldn't be happy at all to see Josh McEachran sent on loan, but it may very well be in the cards for the young midfielder.
He has been with the club since he was a kid, and is a huge young prospect who is still developing, as he is just 18 years old.
Sitting on the bench the whole season—save for a random spell here and there and some Cup matches—definitely won't do McEachran any good, and a loan may be just what he needs to make a good case for his inclusion in the Blues' first team in the near future.
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere enjoyed huge success following his loan to Bolton Wanderers last season, and is now regarded as one of the best young Englishmen in the country.
Given his talent, a loan for young Josh would doubtless produce similar results.
Chelsea is currently overflowing with strikers, and Romelu Lukaku isn't exactly high up in the pecking order at this point.
He's got a lot of potential, but his inexperience has shown in his appearances in Chelsea's game against Manchester United and the League Cup match against Fulham a few weeks ago.
A loan in January could be just what he needs to get him acquainted with the tough environment of the Premier League, and he could come back ready to compete for a place in the first team in the same way Daniel Sturridge did after his loan spell in the second half of last season.
So, what do you think? Who should be sent out on loan, and who shouldn't? Let your thoughts be known in the comments.