Islam Feruz joins Blackpool on loan

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Chelsea have confirmed the departure of highly-rated teenage striker Islam Feruz, who has completed a loan move to Championship side Blackpool.

The 19-year-old had hoped to secure a short-term move to Cardiff City after a week-long trial with the Welsh outfit earlier this month - but the Bluebirds sent Feruz back to Chelsea after he failed to impress manager Russell Slade.

The Scotland Under-21 international has, however, managed to secure a deal with a Championship side. Blackpool, who currently sit rock-bottom of the table, will hope the Chelsea striker can score the all-important goals to haul the club out of the relegation zone.

Blackpool in deep trouble

The Seasiders, managed by former Fulham midfielder Lee Clark, are in deep trouble at the wrong end of the Championship table having picked up just three wins from their opening 25 matches.

Currently eight points from safety, Blackpool are clearly hoping the talented Feruz can make an impact at Bloomfield Road before he departs the club on May 3.

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The teenager spent the first half of the season on loan with Greek side OFI Crete under the management of former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso but struggled to establish himself in the club’s first team and ended his unproductive loan spell without registering a single goal.

Feruz keen to make an impact

Feruz will hope to use this opportunity at Blackpool to convince Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to take a closer look at him in pre-season.

Although he has yet to make his competitive debut for the west London outfit, he made an appearance for Chelsea’s first team against a Malaysia League XI in July 2013.

And the 5ft 4in forward can put himself back into Mourinho’s thinking by helping Blackpool survive the drop to League One.

In truth, Feruz is unlikely to carve out a career for himself at Stamford Bridge because of the intense competition for places in Mourinho’s squad.

Diego Costa is a world-class striker who is likely to remain Chelsea’s main centre-forward for at least the next four years, while Mourinho also has the likes of Didier Drogba and Loic Remy as back-up.

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