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Chelsea: 2013/14 loanee XI

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It is a well known fact that Chelsea tend to buy players when they are young and ship them out to various clubs all over the world.

The Blues boast a vast number of exceptional talent out on loan.

But which loanees could really cut it as a future star for Chelsea FC?

Goalkeeper - Thibaut Courtois

The 21-year-old Belgian has been out on loan to Atletico Madrid for three seasons now and has seen his profile rise significantly. He has cemented his spot as the No.1 at Atletico as well as in the international squad. Quite a feat for a 21-year-old.

There's a lot of speculation surrounding Courtois' future as current Chelsea No.1 Petr Cech continues to put in outstanding performances. However, I'm sure Chelsea will want to keep on of the most sought-after youngsters in world football.

Right Back - Todd Kane

This was a tough choice between Kane and young Brazilian Wallace. However, due to Wallace's lack of first-team action at his current club (Inter Milan) Todd Kane just nicked it.

The 20-year-old has been with Blackburn for two seasons now and is considered to be a regular in the first team. As Kane is also a product of the youth academy I suspect Chelsea would love to see him take the step up

Centre Back - Nathaniel Chalobah

Jose Mourinho said himself during pre-season that young Nathaniel Chalobah would be ready this season for the first team but he insisted one more season on loan would make him even more prepared.

At the tender age of 19, Chalobah has shone in the Championship as well the international team at U21 level. He's currently on loan at Middlesbrough after a very successful spell at Watford where he guided them to the play-off finals. The future is certainly bright for Nathaniel Chalobah.

Centre Back - Kurt Zouma

At the age of just 19, Kurt Zouma really is a star. He was recently in The Guardian's 'Top Ten Most Promising Young Players in Europe'.

Chelsea recently purchased Zouma in the January 2014 transfer window for around £12m and hewas immediately loaned back to his current club, St. Étienne.

Zouma is seen as a long-term placement for Chelsea captain John Terry, and if he continues to show his outstanding potential in Ligue 1 then there's nothing to stop him from being the next Chelsea legend. 

Left Back - Patrick Van Aanholt

At the age of 23, Van Aanholt is one of the older players that are out on loan from Chelsea.

However, this season at Vitesse he has demonstrated his quality. His defensive work is very impressive and this season he has also managed to add a couple of goals. I suspect that Van Aanholt will be at Chelsea next season as he is an experienced and quality player.

Central Midfielder - Billy Clifford

Clifford is a product of the Chelsea academy, and with the club recently coming under scrutiny for not developing their academy players into first team consideration, and now that financial fair play has come in, Chelsea will want to use their youngsters to the best of their ability.

Clifford is no exception. At the age of 21 we should expect Clifford to be back at Chelsea next season and perhaps grabbing some games. It's not easy to get into the Chelsea team but Clifford has the quality and potential to give Jose Mourinho some selection headaches.

Central Midfielder - Josh McEachran

Another product of the Chelsea academy. Josh McEachran made his Chelsea debut at the age of 17 and there was a lot of promise about the youngsters progress.

Now, 20, McEachran has been out on loan to four different clubs; including a sparkling spell at Middlesbrough.

With the arrival of Nemanja Matic and other central midfielders such as, Ramires, Lampard, Romeu, and David Luiz, it won't be easy for McEachran to get into the first team, but he's done it before and has the potential to do it again.

Right Wing - Milan Lalkovic

Lalkovic has been playing for Chelsea since 2007 in the youth team, but in 2011 they sent him out on loan as they felt his development would be improved with first team action. He is currently out on loan at Walsall where he is in a rich vein of form.

Having played for them 25 times and bagging five goals and two assists. At the age of 21 and only playing at League One, there is a lot of pressure on Lalkovic to succeed at the top level. He will need another season out on loan at a top club to really get into Jose Mourinho's mind. It's going to be tricky, but on his day, Lalkovic has the ability and potential to progress and make it at the top.

Central Attacking Midfielder - Lucas Piazon

Piazon is currently having the season of his life out on loan at Vitesse. He has bagged 11 goals in 19 appearances, and leads the assist table with seven.

At the age of just 20, Lucas Piazon will be in the Chelsea ranks in seasons to come. He made his Chelsea debut in the 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa and was praised by pundits and the manager of the time; Rafa Benitez. With the exit of Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata, the path seems to be paved for Piazon to make his way into the Chelsea team next season.

Left Wing - Thorgan Hazard

As you may have guessed, Thorgan Hazard is the younger brother of current sensation Eden Hazard. Thorgan Hazard is thought of very highly at Chelsea and is doing extremely well at current club; Zulte Waregem. Recently Hazard was voted the best player in Belgium in 2013.

Mourinho, recently stated that Chelsea weren't going to invest into a lot of players in the summer transfer window due to current talent out on loan; calling Thorgan, 'Little Hazard'. The future looks bright for Hazard, having recently made his senior debut for Belgium, 'Little Hazard' is destined to be a star.

Striker - Romelu Lukaku

Who else? A lot of people questioned Mourinho's decision to let Lukaku leave this season on loan; and Lukaku's form has reinforced the doubters' questions. Having scored nine goals in 20 appearances this season for Everton, Lukaku is averaging a goal every two games.

With a total of 26 Premier League goals at just the age in 20, and 5 goals in 24 appearances for his country (Belgium) the future is inevitably bright for Romelu Lukaku.

I suspect Lukaku will be leading the Chelsea attack next season.


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