Chelsea are one of the biggest teams in Europe and they have achieved a lot of success over the last few years. Due to them being a big team, there are a lot of players at the club who do not get the chances they deserve.
The Blues are also well-known for their infamous loan system and all the players on this list have been a victim of their loan system.
The players on this list are all talented young players who should maybe sign for a smaller team to further develop their careers.
#1 Baba Rahman
Baba Rahman is a 23-year-old Ghanaian left-back who is currently contracted to Chelsea. He started his career at Ghanaian division 2 team, Dreams FC, but he quickly progressed and signed for Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg. He signed for the Stamford Bridge side on August 16, 2015, for an undisclosed fee from FC Augsburg.
His signing was highly criticised by the fans because they believed the club should be signing bigger names. He made his first-team debut on 23 September in the League Cup, and he went on to make a total of 23 appearances that season.
After that season, new manager Antonio Conte took charge and he was not impressed with Baba during the preseason, so he advised him to leave on loan. He signed with Schalke 04 on a season-long deal and he was doing quite well for them until his season was abruptly ended due to a serious injury.
After sustaining the injury on January 19th, 2017, he recently signed back on loan with Schalke 04 in January.
Despite being a pretty good player, he does not fit Antonio Conte's style of play which was why he left on loan last year. After the signing of Emerson Palmieri in January, he has fallen further down the pecking order.
At the age of 23, he needs playing time to develop his career and it is quite hard for him to get sufficient playing time at a big club like Chelsea, which is why a move to a smaller team is the best option for him.
#2 Matt Miazga
Matt Miazga is a 22-year-old American centre-back. He signed for Chelsea on January 30th, 2016 from the New York Red Bulls. He is considered to be a player with a lot of potential and he was tipped to be the next John Terry. He has only made 2 first team appearances so far and it is unlikely that he will add to that tally anytime soon.
His first loan spell was at Chelsea's feeder club SBV Vitesse. Although he found it hard to get game time at first, he still went on to have a successful spell and he helped them to win their first ever trophy. After the end of that season, his spell got extended for the 2017/2018 season and he made over 25 appearances for the club last season.
Although he seems to be progressing well it is unlikely that he will ever be given a chance to succeed at Chelsea. The Blues already have a lot of good centre-backs and are likely to sign better ones to challenge for the title next season. Miazga is just one among the many talented centre-backs in the loan army and he might need to find a new club if he wants to have a successful career.
#3 Tomas Kalas
Tomas Kalas is the oldest player on this list, he is a 25-year-old Czech centre-back who signed for Chelsea as a 17-year-old. He signed for the Stamford Bridge side on 7th July 2010 from his hometown club Sigma Olomouc. Despite signing for the club 7 years ago, he has only made 4 first team appearances so far with most of them being substitute appearances.
Since 2010, he has only spent one season at Stamford Bridge and has been loaned out to 4 different clubs. Like a lot of other Chelsea loanees, his first loan spell was also at SBV Vitesse. He spent 2 productive seasons there, playing a total of 76 games for them across all competitions.
Kalas then spent a season at Chelsea but after failing to impress he was sent on loan to FC Koln. After that move did not work out he was then sent on loan to Middlesborough, and then to Fulham where he successfully led them to promotion.
The number of appearances he has made for the Blues is a major indication that he has no future at the club. It is surprising that he has stayed at Stamford Bridge for so long despite getting limited chances. It is rumoured that Fulham are trying to sign him on a permanent deal after securing promotion to the Premier League. He might need to let go of his dreams and sign for Fulham because he does not have the quality to succeed at Chelsea.
#4 Jamal Blackman
Jamal Blackman is a 24-year-old English goalkeeper who played for Sheffield United on loan from Chelsea last season. Blackman joined the Blues as a 13-year-old in 2006 but he is yet to play a single minute for the senior team yet. Like Tomas Kalas, Blackman also signed a new contract in the summer that makes him contracted till 2021 before leaving on loan.
The 'keeper is currently in his 4th loan spell, with the first one being at Middlesbrough. At Boro, he struggled for game time and was mostly restricted to cup games. His second loan spell was at Swedish side Ostersunds FK but he got his big breakthrough at League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers. Last season he played for championship side Sheffield United and he had a good spell for them.
Blackman is quite unlucky that he plays for such a big club. It is quite clear that Chelsea do not see him a top prospect because after the departure of Asmir Begovic last summer, they went on to buy 36-year-old Willy Caballero to be the backup goalkeeper instead of giving a chance to Blackman.
Blackman has proven that he is a capable player who can turn into a very good player if given more playing time, but he needs to find a team on his level to continue developing.
#5 Nathan De Souza
Nathan De Souza is a 21-year-old Brazilian winger who signed for Chelsea in 2015. His signing was received well by a lot of fans because he was a young and exciting talent with a lot of potential. He has not quite lived up to his potential yet and is unlikely to ever reach the same if he stays with Chelsea.
De Souza was sent on his first loan spell just days after signing for the Blues. He spent 2 successful years at Chelsea's feeder club SBV Vitesse before going on loan to French club Amiens SC this summer. He struggled to get game time there and only played a few minutes for their first team. In January, his loan spell got terminated and he got sent to Portuguese club Belenenses FC.
Chelsea have a lot of great attacking options in their team right now so a player like De Souza is unlikely to ever get a chance.