Chelsea have a wealthy plethora of talent spread far and wide across the globe due to the club’s use of the loan system. Here is my best starting XI out of the players on loan, along with some who didn’t make the cut...
GK - Thibaut Courtois - Atlético Madrid
The Belgian giant is a pivotal part of Atlético Madrid's charge for the La Liga title. He has put in many great displays and could even perhaps stay at the Madrid club if he can’t take Petr Čech's place in the Chelsea starting line-up next season, which is a shame as he could have been one of the Premier League’s great keepers.
RB - Ryan Bertrand - Aston Villa
Although the move only happened in this current transfer window, Bertrand is on loan to Premier League club Aston Villa. He has played in the Uefa Champions League final and picked up a winner’s medal, so he is no doubt a great signing for Villa. His big game experience may help him as Aston Villa try to avoid the drop.
CB - Nathaniel Chalobah - Middlesbrough
Nathaniel Chalobah can play either in the heart of the defence or in midfield and is equally adept at both. This versatility would have attracted many people to try and get his loan signature. He had featured at the end of last season in part and seemed to lack experience, which was expected, so this loan deal will be great for him.
CB - Kenneth Omeruo - Middlesbrough
The young Nigerian can play at centre-back or right-back and has appeared for his home country on numerous occasions. This international experience will help him become a regular in the Chelsea team in years to come and he will presumably also want to travel to Brazil this summer.
LB - Patrick van Aanholt - Vitesse Arnhem
Patrick van Aanholt has got used to playing in the Eredivise with this being his second full season with Vitesse, who have had many of Chelsea's youth prospects over the last few seasons. Like Omeruo, Van Aanholt will surely want to be on the plane to Brazil this summer.
CDM - Oriol Romeu - Valencia
Oriol Romeu has played in the Premier League before under Andre Villas-Boas after signing from Barcelona on a four-year-deal. He has a fine range of passing and is suited better to the Spanish game because of his lack of physical presence in deeper midfield roles.
CDM - Josh McEachran – Middlesbrough
Josh McEachran is another player with experience playing in England’s top division, but struggled to get game time after some huge signings in the last few years, this has resulted in his Middlesbrough loan, along with Chalobah and Omeruo.
RM - Victor Moses - Liverpool
Victor Moses swapped London for Merseyside at the start of this season, but has struggled to get game time with the Reds. Unfortunately this loan has not helped Moses and he will be yet another player wanting to play for his country this summer. Personally, I think he has still got what it takes to make it in the Premier League
CAM - Lucas Piazon - Vitesse Arnhem
Lucas Piazon is part of Brazil’s evidently excellent youth system and pool of talent they have to choose from and will be choosing from in years to come. He has shown many traits of a typical Brazilian footballer whilst playing in the Netherlands, as he is great with the ball and can pick out a wonderful pass.
The Brazilian starlet is definitely one of the players who have the potential to play week in, week out in the best league in the world.
LM – Christian Atsu – Vitesse Arnhem
Another player who is playing for Vitesse is Christian Atsu, who has never played for Chelsea since signing in the summer from Porto. He displayed his talents in last year’s African Cup of Nations, where he represented Ghana very well. Atsu will be hopeful of a chance to return to Chelsea soon to further his development into a fine winger.
ST – Romelu Lukaku – Everton
Probably the easiest choice I have had to make when choosing outfielders for this team is this man, Romelu Lukaku. An outstanding season so far at Everton has led to some people believing they can qualify for the Uefa Champions League; much of this success has been because of the huge Belgian powerhouse, who Chelsea could have really done with this season, to provide goals to their lacklustre striking options.
Subs: Matej Delac; Wallace, Todd Kane, George Saville; Thorgan Hazard, Bertrand Traore, Marko Marin, Ulises Davila; Patrick Bamford, Milan Lalkovic, Cristian Cuevas, Stipe Perica,
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