With in excess of 30 players out on loan from Chelsea, it’s no wonder that their bold approach and system is becoming clogged with dead wood.
While there remains appetising propositions and young stars currently on loan from Stamford Bridge, there are some players who should be removed permanently.
For the sake of the players themselves as well as the west London side, the loan system needs a clean out. Here are four men in particular who need to be shepherded out the exit at Chelsea before proceedings spiral out of hand:
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The Nigerian winger has spent the past three seasons away from Stamford Bridge with Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United respectively. It proves painfully telling that none of these sides have fought to secure him permanently.
Albeit a reasonably impressive season at Stamford Bridge in 2012-13 that saw Moses win the Europa League, he proved surplus to requirements under Jose Mourinho.
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While Antonio Conte’s arrival may salvage some hope, his form far from warrants a return. With just four league goals in three years from such an offensive position, Chelsea should ensure he’s off the books.
The 25-year-old is certainly not a poor player, but a far cry from the standard expected in west London.
Marco Van Ginkel
One of Mourinho’s more confusing captures- Van Ginkel has achieved little to nothing since joining Chelsea.
After a season in limbo marred by injury in 2013-14, the Dutchman endured an unspectacular spell with AC Milan. A six month period this season with Stoke City ended swiftly too with the Potters cancelling his loan.
The 23-year-old has experienced a resurgence with PSV Eindhoven in leading the side to the Eredivisie title with eight goals. However, in the Premier League, Van Ginkel has simply not cut it.
He proves another undoubted talent but one that’s simply not suited to English football. For the sake of his own career, Van Ginkel should leave or face a vicious cycle of loan spell after loan spell away from his parent club.
Three years down the line since this peculiar transfer and Atsu remains yet to kick a football for Chelsea. Despite appearing an investment for the long-term, the Blues have shown no enthusiasm to transfer him into the side.
The Ghanaian features regularly for his national team and has experienced a renaissance on loan at Malaga yet remains far from the hype he originally sparked.
Two unsuccessful spells away at Everton and Bournemouth sees Atsu yet another tricky winger bullied in the Premier League. The 24-year-old is a far cry from the talents of youngsters such as Kenedy and Bertrand Traore.
Chelsea should move the winger on permanently with Malaga looking keen to secure his signature. There simply appears no motive to maintain patience with a player heading in no particular direction.
Yes that’s right, the German is still technically a Chelsea player. For some unknown reason, the Blues are holding out as regards Marin who currently finds himself on a fourth different loan adventure.
Since his arrival in 2012, Marin has made just 12 league appearances for the west London side and has been sent out to Spain, Italy, Belgium and now Turkey.
Not since a promising spell away with Sevilla have Chelsea had any motive to not simply shepherd him out on loan again. Once a fully-fledged German international, Marin is now witnessing his career spiral downwards.
The 27-year-old would struggle to fight his way into the starting XI of any Premier League side never mind Chelsea’s. It must be agreed that, for both parties, heading in separate ways is for the best if not slightly overdue.
With Chelsea looking ahead to an exciting future under Conte, there’s no time to wait around for flagging loan flops. There are some contracted players that simply need to face the axe before the Blues harbor an unhealthy amount of stragglers.
Which of these loanees do you think Chelsea should offload? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!