Levi Colwill announces Chelsea breakthrough as youngster is ready for Frank Lampard emulation
Chelsea have 22 players on loan this season, ranging from La Liga to the illustrious Serbian Super Liga with world renown.
Despite the dispute over ethical concerns over whether the Blues’ loan network should operate on such a large scale, the Blues have continued to arrange temporary trips around the world for some of the world’s most exciting prodigies.
The likes of Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher grab headlines as they continue to enjoy Premier League spells, while Thierno Ballo and Karlo Ziger earn their stripes in the Austrian Bundesliga and second tier of Slovenian football, respectively .
A loan doesn’t always get access to some of Europe’s most attractive leagues, but it can often bring out a player’s greatest potential, regardless of their destination.
However, a new rule regarding loan deals is expected to come into effect that will have an impact on Chelsea, who have already seen the Blues focus on English moves this season.
FIFA proposed a pre-season rule of principle that clubs could only have eight loan deals per season, both inside and outside the club.
This would then be reduced to six from 2022/23 and would initially only apply to international loans for players aged 22 or older, forcing Chelsea to rethink the technical details of their loan network.
Scott Clayton, our Chelsea carefree editor-in-chief, spoke to Daniel Childs, our Chelsea carefree writer and presenter, to delve into Chelsea’s world-renowned loan network before deciphering which players they think will one day set Stamford Bridge on fire, live on the Chelsea carefree show via football.london’sChelsea Facebook Page.
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“The rules coming next summer mean that Chelsea will have new rules to follow when they only loan a certain number of players to non-English clubs,” Clayton began.
“If we made the same loans this season, next season everything would be fine, so it’s a good sign that we’ve sorted things out a season in advance.”
Childs and Clayton went on to pick their top three loan picks this summer, adding why they’re excited about every move.
Clayton led the debate by noting Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen and Tino Anjorin on his watch list, but added that he was skeptical of the latter’s move to Russia.
“It will be tough for Gilmour in a Premier League side fighting for points,” said Clayton, on the Scotland international’s first loan from Chelsea.
Childs added by agreeing that Gilmour will be the most interesting loan for Chelsea fans having seen the 20-year-old contribute in a partial role for the club.
“It feels like Gilmour has a pretty high ceiling,” Childs said. “Chelsea have to prioritize their development – he is that good!
“He needs a path in the first team with week after week experience under the guidance of a good coach in Daniel Farke.”
Our Chelsea carefree The editor went on to explain his reasoning behind the promise he sees in Anjorin’s loan, with Childs adding that he shares Clayton’s concerns about the midfielder’s future efforts.
“My last one is Anjorin, but I’m afraid it will become a permanent deal,” Clayton said. “Taking number ten as an Englishman who was previously retired is really interesting.
“Lokomotiv is under a new regime so it will be exciting to see how it does.”
Childs agreed: “I think, like you, that he is going to leave. He is an interesting player to watch and it is a courageous decision in Russia, especially for someone who has not played much senior football. before. I’m curious to see how he does it. “
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Clayton concluded his list by explaining his enthusiasm for the Maatsen loan: “Maatsen is another player that I watch. I can’t wait to see him play after winning a league in the championship,” he said.
“He will be joined by two former Blues, Fankaty Dabo and Todd Kane, so it will be interesting to watch them.”
Our Chelsea carefree The writer and presenter added that he was interested to see how Maatsen developed as a player, having often featured on the right wing when he was previously seen as a left-back or versatile left-back.
“It will be interesting to see how he evolves as a player because I initially saw him as a left-back,” said Childs, referring to Maatsen’s fruitful pastures last season as Charlton Athletic’s right-winger on loan. .
Childs then went into detail on the reasoning behind choosing Nathan Baxter, Levi Colwill and Conor Gallagher as his three loaned players to watch this season.
Baxter is spending the season on loan at Hull City in the Championship after climbing the football ranks in recent years, enjoying periods out of the league, in Scotland and in the EFL.
“It’s an interesting decision,” Childs said. “I think he could turn out to be a very good goalkeeper, but the chances of him ever becoming the first choice at Chelsea seem slim.”
Clayton agreed: “It’s very difficult for him. When he was 17 after winning the FA Youth Cup, he decided it was time to go on loan.
“He took his first step into the Met Police and he worked his way up to the championship – that’s great! Every season he climbed a league and tested himself.
“Being in the league at 22 with around 150 appearances under his belt is not often seen. [Dean] Henderson followed a similar path.
“It’s just difficult because he could stay and be a very good goalkeeper for us, but we have Kepa [Arrizabalaga], so as a third choice it will be very difficult to prove yourself. “
Childs went on to talk about Colwill who has already shown what it takes to become a future Chelsea starter on loan at Huddersfield.
“He started the season so well,” said Childs, of the 18-year-old center-half. “I know he’s someone who gets highly rated by people who watch him regularly.
“I look at the way he plays, the way Chelsea play with a three-under defender Tuchel, I think he could break through next summer.”
Clayton agreed, adding that the left center-back role is a position West Londoners need to consider with only wealthy Antonio Rudiger in said role.
“Left center-back, we have Rudiger but we’re looking around thinking ‘who’s the replacement for him’,” Clayton asked, hinting at Colwill who might step in.
“[Colwill] has a very bright future, he is already playing in the league. What he does next season will be interesting. Maybe the club will try to give him a Premier League loan. “
Childs concluded by talking about Gallagher turning him on after an exciting life-long loan start at Crystal Palace.
“He’s off to a good start and I think it will be a brilliant loan for him,” he said.
Calyton added, agreeing with Childs who called Gallagher the last of a “dying breed” and a single player capable of scoring from midfield, alluding to a certain Frank Lampard.
“The old days of midfielders bombarding the pitch and arriving late in the box is not what it used to be,” Clayton said, as he began to close the debate by highlighting how the evolution of the tactics removed an element of freedom. midfielders.
“Clubs usually adjust their full backs or wingers to play tall and wide, which means both midfielders have to sit more,” he said.
“He’s very good at seizing opportunities and he has a certain magic in him that allows him to get out of sticky situations. You need it.”
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