5 Chelsea Loan Players That Should Be Given a Chance to Shine at Stamford Bridge Next Season

​Chelsea had 41 players out on loan in the 2018/19 season, and have been heavily criticised for not giving young players enough game time, compared to other clubs in the Premier League. 

​However, with a transfer ban this summer these five young players could have a chance to shine at Stamford Bridge next season. 

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

Abraham excelled in the 2016/17 season at Bristol City, with 23 goals. However, he had a disappointing following season at Swansea in the Premier League. He seems to have found his best form again, with 25 goals this season at ​Aston Villa, helping them to win promotion back to the ​Premier League

Finishing with the second most goals in the ​Championship, he may have finally done enough to earn a chance at Chelsea. 

Chelsea have been looking for an heir to the striker’s position since Didier Drogba, and with a transfer ban looming, Gonzalo Higuain failing to produce, and Oliver Giroud never a long term option, Abraham now may get his chance to break the No. 9 curse at Chelsea. 

Mason Mount

Mason Mount

Mount has had a solid season at ​Derby, under the guidance of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, scoring 11 times in 44 appearances. 

It looks as though Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal will not be made permanent and with Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured, Chelsea are left with Ross Barkley as the only genuine attacking option in midfield. With Chelsea’s main creator, Eden Hazard, gone, ​Chelsea will need creativity from midfield more than ever before, and Mount can surely provide that.

Reece James

Reece James

The EFL Team of the Season nominee has enjoyed a fantastic season at Wigan, scoring three goals from full back. 

He may not be a starter next season, as Chelsea’s captain Cesar Azplicueta does not look like giving up his first team spot. However, Davide Zappacosta has had another poor season Chelsea perhaps need the depth at right back to make a push in all four competitions. 

With James being named Wigan’s Player of the Season, he is certainly a strong contender to challenge Azplicueta next season.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma

Zouma, by managing to prove himself at ​Everton last season, after failing at Stoke, Zouma might now finally get his chance to prove himself in the first team in 2019/20.

The defender has been recalled to the French national team, and has tonnes of Premier League experience, even collecting a winners medal during the 2016/17 season. Zouma might not be the most talented prospect out of Chelsea’s loanees, but he may be the one they need to stabilise the shaky defence.

Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori

Tomori is another defender on the list, and managed to win Derby’s Player of the Season last year. 

He may not get enough minutes at Chelsea to continue to develop, but as Antonio Rüdiger is still injured, he could have chance to prove himself in pre-season, and prove that he can challenge for a spot in the starting XI.


7 Players Who Returned to Their Former Club as Manager & How They Fared

​It started as a pipe dream, a lovely idea and all that, but one that would never actually happen.

However, the notion of Frank Lampard returning to Stamford Bridge – his spiritual home – doesn’t seem quite so ridiculous anymore. It is very much on the cards after Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea to become Juventus’ new boss and there have even been whispers that a deal to bring Lampard back to west London has already been struck behind closed doors.

​​You may hear people say it’s too early and that Super Frank is too inexperienced as a coach. You may also hear others say that this is the best news from the ​Blues since it was announced in 2003 that some Russian oligarch would be pumping ungodly amounts of money into the club (of which the benefits are equally debatable).

To be perfectly honest, either group could be right. There’s a long history of players taking charge of their old club, with varying degrees of success and it is impossible to say whether Chelsea will live to regret appointing Lampard. 

Here’s a look at some of those individuals who went on to coach the teams they used to play for.

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry is a really, really nice man. Unfortunately, he is also a really, really bad football coach. Ok, that’s a bit over the top, but my goodness he had a nightmare start to his managerial career.

He lasted 104 days in the Monaco hotseat having come through the Ligue 1 side’s academy in the 1990s. Now, that might seem harsh, but had they given him much more time it would have been because of blind loyalty rather than Henry actually earning it.

The ex-striker won just 20% of the matches he oversaw, collecting just a single point in the ​Champions League group stages and leaving the club in the relegation zone by the time of his dismissal in January.

Success Rating: 0/10

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso

Renowned for his bullish attitude and fierce on-field demeanour, Gattuso is decidedly less intimidating following a testing period as ​Milan boss. They finished fifth in the league last term, agonisingly close to securing a return to the Champions League.

That’s hardly an abysmal showing. Still, the feisty Italian squandered £170m on a host of new recruits who, for the most part, looked disinterested and sub-par. Worse still, he lost 5-1 to ​Arsenal (ARSENAL!?) in the Europa League in 2018 – that’s just unforgivable.

Success Rating: 3/10

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Never get in a car if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at the wheel. The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ flattered to deceive at ​Manchester United, initially looking like the messiah before his Red Devils side started to splutter and choke.

Things were rosy when March rolled around and Ole had been in the job for a few months, with the Norwegian having the second best win ratio in United history by that point. By May he had the worst. 

Nevertheless, this may be less of a Solskjaer problem and more of a Manchester United one – no coach has truly impressed at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and the squad seems to be lawless. However, it’s still early days for Solskjaer and he’s already proven he can get this team back on its feet.

Success Rating: 4/10

Pep Guardiola


No one can deny that Pep Guardiola’s tenure at ​Barcelona brought unparalleled success to Camp Nou. What people do debate, however, is how much of it was down to Pep and how much was due to the insanely talented squad at his disposal.

Firstly, he is not a fraud. Yes, he has spent gargantuan sums of money on recruitment, but that is because his breathtaking style-of-play requires a certain calibre of players. Of course, the need for significant financial backing and a team with such immense levels of skill does slightly detract from the impressiveness of the Catalan’s record.

Nevertheless, two European titles and the most trophies collected by any Barça manager is rather good. There’s also the intangibles to account for; the impact he had on the growth of ​Lionel Messi and his teammates, the delicious brand of football he created and the influence ‘Tiki-Taka’ had on the future of the sport. Pep’s done alright.

Success Rating: 8/10

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Nine pieces of silverware were collected during Zinedine Zidane’s first stint with ​Real Madrid, the Frenchman winning three more trophies at the Bernabeu than he did as a midfielder in roughly half the time.

A hat-trick of Champions League triumphs is a superb achievement, but Zidane has been unable to work his magic since rejoining Los Blancos in the spring. Between 2016 and 2018 he had a win-percentage of 70%, but in 2019 he has struggled to motivate a lethargic Real outfit.

He must stop the rot or risk his magnificent reputation in the Spanish capital turn to dust (Madrid fans have notoriously-short memories).

Success Rating: 8/10

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe

31 December 2008: Eddie Howe becomes caretaker manager at League Two relegation-fodder ​Bournemouth, who are under a transfer embargo.

27 April 2015: Bournemouth are promoted to the ​Premier League for the first time ever after winning the Championship with 90 points. 

21 May 2017: Bournemouth finish in ninth place in the top-flight, above last season’s champions Leicester City.

The facts do all the talking when it comes to Howe’s performance with the Cherries. He is a delightful man and a splendid coach, ensuring that his team plays football that is both attractive and effective. No, he hasn’t won a trophy, but the story of Bournemouth FC is beautiful and unbelievable.

Success Rating: 9/10

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish,Craig Johnston,Steve Nicol

King Kenny’s greatest contribution to ​Liverpool is not related to matters on the field. They were vastly superior to every other club in the land under Dalglish, tasting glory on numerous occasions.

However, it was the Scotsman’s courage and grace in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster that make him so respected and adored. He held the Reds together in their darkest hour, showed what it really means to be brave and carried the weight of a weeping city on his back.

Success Rating: 10/10


Golden Boy 2019: Ranking the Best 10 Youngsters Nominated for the Coveted Award

​The Golden Boy is an annual award for the best Under-21 player in Europe, with the shortlist of 100 players selected by sports journalist from around Europe.

Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are the most notable winners of this prestigious award, with Matthijs de Ligt the most recent recipient. 

Tuttosport, the Italian publication who established the award back in 2003, have released the list of 100 nominees for the 2019 title, which will be shortened down after a fan vote.

Here are the 10 best players on the list. 

Phil Foden

Phil Foden

The 19-year-old Englishman may have struggled for gametime at the start of the season – largely being utilised in the Carabao Cup – but slowly became of Pep Guardiola’s plans as the season progressed, featuring prominently in Man City’s final few games of the 2018/19 campaign.

With David Silva getting older, Foden will look to play an even bigger role next year for the Citizens next season, and become one of the first names on the teamsheet. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The fact that Bayern Munich were willing to pay £40m for Callum Hudson-Odoi before he even had five Premier League starts under his belt tells you all you need to know about the mercurial Chelsea winger. 

Despite his season ending in disappointment as he picked up an Achilles injury, Hudson-Odoi showed his quality throughout the campaign, especially in the Europa League where he contributed to six goals in nine games. When back fit, CHO could be the perfect replacement for the recently departed fan favourite Eden Hazard. 

Moise Kean

Moise Kean

The 19-year-old had a breakout season at Juventus, scoring seven goals in 17 appearances for the Bianconeri, the youngster is cited as the leader of a new generation of prodigal Azzurri talent. 

Now at the Euro Under-21 Championships with Italy, expect Kean to push on further next season and become Juve’s undisputed number nine. 

Vinícius Júnior

Vinicius Junior

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Real Madrid forked out £40m for a relatively unknown Brazilian. However, he has proved doubters wrong in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu, being one of the few positives in a truly disastrous season for the club. 

The 18-year-old was one of the club’s few dependable performers, contributing to 15 goals in all competitions before ending his season prematurely with an injury.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma

The 20-year-old once again had a solid year at Milan, keeping 13 clean sheets in Serie A. Having been the starter for the Rossoneri since the age of 17, ​Donnarumma has become an indispensable member of the squad…despite trying his best to force a move away from the club last summer. 

Milan had the joint third best defence in Serie A last season and the keeper played a massive part in that. 

Nicolò Zaniolo

Nicolo Zaniolo

Roma midfielder Zaniolo was awarded the Serie A young player of the season award and was well deserving of it, showing maturity beyond his years in central midfield. 

Having been brought in by Monchi from Inter last summer as part-exchange in the Radja Nainggolan deal, ‎Zaniolo chipped with four goals in Serie A last season, with a wonderful chip against Fiorentina. 

João Félix


Rumours of Atletico Madrid and Manchester City ​willing to pay £105m to sign Felix is more than enough evidence to suggest that the forward is a genuinely special talent.

Touted as the next Portugal prodigy, the 19-year-old has shown that he has brilliant creativity and an eye for goal, scoring 20 goals in the league last season. 

Europe’s elite are flocking for his signature and would likely have to get the deal done as soon as possible as his price will only skyrocket even more in the future. 

Kai Havertz


Bayer Leverkusen’s Havertz had an astonishing season, scoring 17 goals from midfield. With ​Champion​s​ League football seeming to be out of reach in January, the German produced some ridiculous performances and goals to secure a place in Europe’s elite competition on the last day of the season. 

The 20-year-old has been called a mixture of Mesut Özil and Dele Alli and has the potential to be the best modern attacking midfielder in the world – which is probably why Bayern are so desperate to sign him.

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

A Golden Boy winner, the Ajax defender has progressed to another level this year. He led Ajax to their first Eredivisie title in five years as well as within one minute of their first UEFA Champions League final this century. 

His leadership, composure and maturity are akin to that of a veteran defender, and the 19-year-olds signature has been highly coveted by Europe’s elite, with Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all trying to secure one of the best defenders in the world.

Jadon Sancho

The frontrunner for the Golden Boy award is undoubtedly England international Jadon Sancho. To say the very, very, least, the BVB starlet had a breakout year in the Bundesliga. 

His breathtaking dribbling and unbelievable vision resulted in 32 goal contributions in 43 games in a top-five league, which is virtually unheard of. Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Englishman and if he is able to continue to improve, there is no reason why Sancho can’t be on the level of Neymar and Eden Hazard in a few years’ time.


Frank Lampard: Why Rebuilding Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea Empire Is No Job for a Rookie

​Maurizio Sarri departed Chelsea nine days after talisman Eden Hazard signed for Real Madrid. With a two-window transfer ban meaning the Blues will be unable to sign any players for next season it seems that Roman’s empire is in danger of falling.

​Frank Lampard is the overwhelming favourite to take the reins. Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer enjoyed a steady first season in management with Derby County, but is this really the job for a rookie?

Despite having some star quality in their team ​Chelsea haven’t been involved in the title race for the last couple of seasons. Without the ability to sign players it’s difficult to see who will step up and fill the gap left by Hazard’s departure.

Last season Chelsea had forty-one young players out on loan. It seems that Chelsea will be forced to give some of these talented youngsters a chance in the first team next season, but it’s a risky strategy. An influx of young players would have a far better chance of succeeding with an experienced head guiding them.

In the dressing room their leaders such as John Terry and Didier Drogba have long-since departed. Leadership needs to come from somewhere and throwing an inexperienced manager into the mix is not the way to achieve it, regardless of his playing career.

There’s no room for sentiment in football and it’s important that these big decisions are made with the head, rather than the heart. It’s eight years since they last fell into this trap.

Porto had just won the league title, dropping only four points all season. They were managed by José Mourinho’s former assistant André Villas-Boas. It was written in the stars that a Portugese coach arriving from Porto would be a good fit at a club that had struggled to replace “the special one” – AVB was sacked after eleven months.

Andre Villas-Boas

Lampard enjoyed a decent season at ​Derby, finishing 6th and taking the Rams to Wembley where they lost the play-off final against Aston Villa. But with just one year of managerial experience under his belt a job as big as Chelsea will be biting off far more than he can chew.

Chelsea runs through Lampard’s veins and if the call comes, he will answer. In this testing time for a club that has won more trophies than any other over the last fifteen years it feels like they need more.

This could be a managerial appointment that happens one day, but this is not the time or the place for Lampard to put his reputation on the line. It would be beneficial for both parties to put this arrangement on hold for now.


Transfer Rumours: Everton to United, Trippier to Juve, Tokoz to Liverpool or Arsenal and More

​If the pre-season is good for one thing (it’s up for debate whether it is or not) then it’s transfer rumours. June and July, bleeding into the early part of August, are always loaded with a ceaseless stream of speculation on moves which, by and large, won’t happen. 

But occasionally they do, and that’s the only thing that keeps us going through this long, league season-less slog some people call a holiday. So, to tide you over until your team actually signs someone, here are the best transfer rumours this Sunday has to offer. 

Everton Alludes to Potential Manchester United Move


No, that’s not as confusing as it sounds. After scoring his first goal for Brazil, Everton – Gremio’s Brazilian prospect, not Merseyside’s oldest football club – has hinted that he might fancy a move to Old Trafford.

Coming on for the last ten minutes to replace Ajax star David Neres, as Brazil led 2-0 over Bolivia in their opening Copa America tie, the 23-year-old cut in from the left and let loose a sizzling effort that put the game beyond doubt, establishing himself on the international scene. 

As quoted by the ​Mail, he hinted that his playing style might suit ​Manchester United, saying: “I’m a player that’s always trying to get on top of the opposition, cutting in from the left with dribbles and good finishes. Clubs in Europe have this style of play too and maybe I can fit in at Manchester United and others.”

There has been no real indication yet that United are interested in him this summer, but they do need wide players…

Two More Teenagers Swap England for the Bundesliga

Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Opportunities are hard to come by for young players in English football, so much so that a growing number of youngsters are heading east to Germany to carve out some first-team chances. In recent years, we’ve seen Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman, Reiss Nelson and Reece Oxford among the young prospects who have thrived in the Bundesliga, and it seems as if we will see two more complete moves in the weeks to come. 

That’s because ​Chelsea‘s Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Fulham’s Cody Drameh will undergo medicals over moves to Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively, as per the ​Mirror

Tayor-Crossdale, 19, is from the Chelsea production line that brought through the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Drameh – just 17 – apparently doesn’t fancy a season on the fringes of the squad in the Championship. 

Harvey Elliott Set for Fulham Departure

Jensen Weir,Tim Lemperle

And now for the smoothest of segues, as Harvey Elliott – in the same age group at Fulham as Drameh – is reported to be closing in on a departure. 

You might know Elliott as the youngest player to feature in a Premier League match, making his debut for the Cottagers last season at 16 years and 30 days, but our pals the ​Mail report that with his contract expiring at the end of the month, he too is set for an exit.

Barcelona are rumoured to be interested, while he could follow his pals to Germany, as RB Leipzig are mentioned as another potential destination. 

Christan Benteke to Fight for His Place at Crystal Palace


Once one of the most feared target men in English football, Christian Benteke never really recovered from an ill-fated move to Liverpool in 2015. As he now seems to be firmly out of favour at ​Crystal Palace with just a year left on his deal, he looks set to leave the club this summer and make a career for himself in Turkey, China, or somewhere else that seasoned, big-money, past-their-best pros go to wind down their careers.

Or so we thought. ​The Evening Standard claim that Big Ben does fancy a move to China, but since there are no concrete offers on the table, he is prepared to knuckle down and fight for his place instead.

In an injury ravaged season, he managed one goal in 19 appearances in 2018/19. His fate might just depend on whether or not Roy Hodgson is able to secure the services of another striker, with no obvious alternatives available as things stand. 

Juventus Eye Kieran Trippier as Replacement for Joao Cancelo


Juventus fans seemed a bit underwhelmed at the appointment of Maurizio Sarri earlier on Sunday, and if that was something they see as an underwhelming replacement, then it will be interesting to see how they react to bringing in England’s third-choice right-back to replace Joao Cancelo. 

The ​Times report that should Cancelo move to Manchester City, it’s Trippier that Juve chiefs want as a replacement, with a £30m move on the table for the Spurs man, who turns 29 in September. 

​He wants the move too, so this might actually be a goer, as absurd as it sounds.

Aston Villa Want Ethan Ampadu on Loan

Ethan Ampadu

Loan moves to A​st​on Villa from Chelsea have typically been successful in recent years, with Tammy Abraham winning the Championship golden boot on loan at Villa Park last season. According to ​The Gu​ardian, Welsh prospect Ethan Ampadu could follow in his footsteps, and get his first real taste of Premier League action with the Villans. 

It’s unclear whether the 18-year-old will be available, with the possibility remaining that any new Chelsea manager – be it Frank Lampard or someone else – could involve him in their first team plans.

There is a belief in the club’s hierarchy, however, that after making just five appearances in all competitions last season, he would benefit from regular first team football. Villa want to offer him that, and will make their move at the first sign of his availability. So the report goes, at least.

Wolves and Southampton in Bidding War Over Inter Starlet

Zinho Vanheusden,Luca Vido

Wolves and Southampton are two sides with lofty ambitions for next season, with the former looking to build on their stellar seventh placed finish in their first season back in the top flight, while the latter strive for success in their first full season under Ralph Hasenhuttl. 

According to Dutch outlet ​HBVL, the two are set to go head to head over highly-rated Inter centre-back Zinho Vanheusden, who spent last season on loan at Standard Liege, establishing himself as one of the most promising young defenders in the Jupiler Pro League. 

With the Nerrazzuri taking things in a different direction under Antonio Conte, they are believed to be willing to sell for a fee of around £18m, and nether club are deterred by that asking price for the 19-year-old.

Liverpool Interested in Turkish Prospect as Camacho Heads for Exit


Dorukhan Tokoz was part of the Turkey side who surprised everyone by getting the better of world champions France last weekend, and could soon get his reward, as rumours circulate that ​Liverpool and Arsenal could come in for the 23-year-old in the forseeable future.

Both sides are reported by ​Fotomac (as per ​Sport Witness) to be in a race with Udinese for the midfielder, for whom Besiktas already rejected an €8m offer from the Italian side.

He made 25 appearances for Besiktas last season after signing from Eskiserhispor a year ago, and may be one to watch in the Premier League next season if his current career trajectory is  anything to go by. 

Heading in the opposite direction is Liverpool striker Rafael Camacho, who is looking increasingly likely to return to his native Portugal.

According to Portuguese outlet ​A Bola, Sporting CP are pursuing a move for the 19-year-old after failing to get him on loan last year. The youngster only has one year left on his deal and is reluctant to sign a contract extension, meaning a permanent move for a fee in the region of 10m could happen.