With a whopping twenty-seven players out on loan this season, you could be excused for thinking that there are some slightly questionable morals involved in the way Chelsea are signing players.Even aside from the astonishing number that are on temporary leave from the club, Chelsea are not exactly famed for their excellent youth promotion.Nevertheless, despite their strategic linkage with Vitesse being investigated by the Dutch FA, it has not been without benefit of the receiving clubs, with a number of their players seeing impressive levels of development over the past season away from Stamford Bridge.Chelsea loanee Christian Atsus progression at Vitesse recently earned him the clubs player of the season, but the Blues own a few other glimmering gems among the current crop at the Dutch club as well as elsewhere.The following slides detail the progression of a further four of this seasons finest Chelsealoanees.
#1 Lucas Piazon
Signed from São Paulo in 2011, attacking-midfielder Lucas Piazon has been another beneficiary of the Vitesse Arnhem link this season, having spent the whole term there. His second loan spell away from Chelsea, following half-a-season at Malaga last campaign, has truly lit up the Eredivisie.
With 11 goals in 29 appearances, Piazon has accumulated the 3rd highest Squawka Performance Score at the club – even higher than Christian Atsu’s, making you wonder whether he felt he should have won the Player of the Season award instead.
As well as this, his Squawka Best awards outnumbered his Worst awards by 18-2, as he demonstrated his ability to contribute to all parts of attack. Able to score a variety of goals, both inside and outside the box and take penalties, the game away to Heerenveen best demonstrated this, where Piazon grabbed two goals and an assist as Vitesse came back from two goals down to win 3-2.
Piazon Goals/Attempts vs Heerenveen
Quite whether this will be enough to make his claim for a starting spot in the Chelsea line- up is another issue – especially considering the plethora of players in his position already in the squad at the moment – but one cannot deny that Piazon has certainly planted that seed of thought in Jose Mourinho’s brain for next season.