One of the most famous player loan policy’s operated by any club in world football, is that of Chelsea. Over the years, the club have been notorious for having a substantial number of players out on loan at any one time.
For instance during the course of last summer – 2015 – Chelsea sentt an unprecedented club high of 33 players out on loan, including big money signings such as Juan Cuadrado, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah.
Subsequently a policy of prolifically loaning out players is one which Chelsea are set to continue following, since already this summer, the club have allowed 15 of their 58 first team players to leave temporarily, with potential existing for that figure to rise given that the transfer window remains open for one month.
Players loaned out to club’s based throughout the world
Of the 15 players currently out on loan, only one was assigned a Chelsea squad number for the new season, with that being Baba Rahman. The centre-half who played 23 times in all competitions for Chelsea last season has joined Schalke 04 on a year-long loan. As such, the 22-year-old will once again play in the Bundesliga after having previously done so with Augsburg.
The location of the other players who Chelsea have out on loan, ranges from Crawley to Santa Fe, Columbia. That is indicative of the club’s commitment in terms of endeavouring to find suitable environments within which their fringe and young players can develop.
Whilst goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney is due to spend the next six months on loan at Crawley Town, Joao Rodriguez, who is a 20-year-old Colombian striker, has joined Santa Fe for the next 12 months.
Neither Beeney nor Rodriguez have featured in Chelsea’s first team as yet, with that also being applicable to all but three of the other 12 players currently out on loan.
The defensive trio of Nathan Ake, Andreas Christensen and Tomas Kalas have each made their senior Chelsea debuts but are now set to gain more experience temporarily playing for Bournemouth, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fulham respectively.
By providing a full list of the players who Chelsea have temporarily allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, it is possible to demonstrate that their loan policy has a vast global reach, which is beneficial in the sense of both, raising the club’s profile and supporting player development .
Chelsea players out on loan:
– Baba Rahman (Schalke)
– Mitchell Beeney (Crawley Town)
– Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
– Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
– Tomas Kalas (Fulham)
– Wallace (Gremio)
– Victorien Angben (Granada)
– Matej Delac (Mouscron-Peruwelz)
– Charly Musonda (Real Betis)
– Kelsey Palmer (Huddersfield Town)
– Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem)
– Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem)
– Joao Rodriguez (Santa Fe)
– Alex Kiwomya (Crewe)
Uniqueness of Chelsea’s prolific loan policy
Ultimately relative to that of other English Premier League club’s, Chelsea loan policy is extremely unique due to the number of players they send out on loan.
For instance after Chelsea, the team with the highest number of players currently out on loan is Watford, who have given licence to six members of their senior squad to leave on a temporary basis. That figure is a staggering nine less than Chelsea.
Another indication relative to the distinctiveness and uniqueness of Chelsea’s loan policy is that of the 166 players loaned out by Premier League club’s last summer, 19.88 per cent were owned by the Blues.
As such that the club are continuing to exercise a policy of prolifically loaning out players at present is of no surprise.