End Of Season Loan Report: Part 1
In this next end of season report it is time to focus on the Chelsea players who have not been playing under the Chelsea badge this season. These are the players who have been deemed not quite ready for the senior side but evidently too good to be playing in the U21's side. Here I will be covering not only their stats for the season but also how they have progressed or not as the case may be and what I feel the future may hold for them now.
Starting off with probably the most controversial of all the loaned players this season. Courtois has been spending his third season on loan with Atletico Madrid and it is without doubt his most successful both in terms of his progress and the success he has had with the club. Courtois has started all but 3 of Atletico's games this season making a total of 58 starts and not making a single substitute appearance. He has kept this season a very impressive 29 clean sheets out those 58 games which makes it a 50% record which by any standards is very impressive. He has only conceded a total of 42 goals in total which not only shows his ability but the strength of this Atletico side this season.
So without doubt it has been a hugely successful loan spell for Courtois but what happens next. Well I do not need to tell anyone reading this that the situation with Courtois is of much debate. What cannot be denied is that Courtois is now one of if not THE top goalkeeper in the world right now and what we cannot afford to do is allow him to slip through our fingers as players like this are very hard to come by. From a personal point of view and as someone who used to be a goalkeeper for many years I think it is time to bring Courtois back and make him our number 1, Cech is still outstanding but for me Courtois is already better than him.
Just a quick note on another keeper we had out on loan. Walker started the first half of the season with Colchester on loan and in the January transfer window made that loan move a permanent one and is no longer a Chelsea player. Sam is a decent keeper and will no doubt eventually find himself in a higher league than Colchester's current league 1. But all the best to Sam for the future and he is one that had to move on to better himself and hopefully he does just that.