The Premier League champions currently have 26 players out on loan and have been criticised for their loan policy in the past despite its success in both player development and club profit.
However, of all the 26 currently plying their trade in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Holland, here are the four most likely to have a major impact on the 2018/19 season if given a chance.
1. Mitchell Beeney
The goalkeeper, who is currently on loan at Sligo Rovers, has previously played for the club’s under-18 and under-21 sides so knows the club inside out.
Having established himself as the Connacht side’s first choice, Beeney could be a potential second choice for his parent club. With Thibaut Courtois also heavily linked with a return to La Liga and Real Madrid, Chelsea could be set to find themselves down a keeper.
With most sides trying to preserve their world-class keepers such as Alisson at Roma or Gianluigi Donnarumma at AC Milan, the Blues may not be able to find a new replacement.
Given the recent form of Willy Caballero, the Argentine may be in line to take over the goal-minding duties in west London. With third choice Eduardo now 35, the veteran may start to think of hanging up his gloves, which would open the door for the 22-year-old to become the Pensioners’ new second choice.
Although he may not make the staring XI, Beeney could play a part in the League Cup and FA Cup and would also save the club a lot of money on a new keeper.
Given his age, who’s to say he mightn’t become the club’s go-to keeper.
2. Kurt Zouma
Currently battling to keep Stoke City in the Premier League, the Frenchman could be a potential legend at the Bridge. Following injury to David Luiz as well as the inconsistency of Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Zouma may well be the answer to the Blues’ defensive woes, which were exposed against Barcelona.
Zouma’s pace and strength make him the ideal centre-back for the Premier League. He is one of the first names on Paul Lambert’s team sheet each week.
With one eye on Didier Deschamps’ selection for the 2018 World Cup, Zouma will be well worth watching as we enter the business end of the season.
3. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Having been said to have a great deal of potential by Antonio Conte, the Pensioners looked to London rivals Crystal Palace to help nurture the youngster’s talent. Loftus-Cheek is also fighting to keep his current side in the world’s toughest League.
The 22-year-old was excluded form Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming internationals with Holland and Italy due to injury, but Southgate admitted that Loftus-Cheek would have been looked at had he been match fit. Perhaps he will get a chance to help England finally reach the Holy Grail.
Given the poor from of Cesc Fabregas, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater, Loftus-Cheek could emerge as a midfield partner for N’Golo Kante, who continues to convince the world that he is the best defensive midfielder on the planet.
4. Tammy Abraham
Having come through the ranks at Chelsea, Abraham was tipped for stardom by the youth development coaches from very early on. Having impressed at Bristol, Abraham continued his good form at Swansea until the recent appointment of Carlos Carvalhal.
Having lost his place in the side to the Ayew brothers, he may struggle for game time from now until May.
Morata has failed to replace fellow Spaniard Diego Costa and may well be under revision following some dire displays. PSG are also said to be interested in the former Real Madrid frontman.
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