Four returning loanees set to thrive at Chelsea under Antonio Conte

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With transfer rumours raining in by the day, there can be little doubting that Chelsea have a busy summer ahead of them. There looks set to be a multitude of departures and considerable currency spent.

However, one source of squad improvement for the Blues could be via their famously well-used loan system. In fact, no less than 34 players are currently out on loan from Stamford Bridge.

Out of the masses though, these four players in particular look set to thrive at Chelsea upon the impending arrival of Antonio Conte:


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Nathan Ake

The Dutch full-back has experienced a break-through season while away at Watford in 2015-16. In fact, there are only a select few left-backs in the Premier League that can match Ake’s showings this campaign.

Watford have survived relegation comfortably since their promotion and currently sit twelfth. Ake has been a huge contributor to this and with 26 appearances has been a regular feature for the Hornets.

With the defensive flanks proving a particularly shallow area of the Chelsea squad, the 21-year-old’s return could relieve the burden from Cesar Azpilicueta. Furthermore, he proves a far safer implement than the erratic Baba Rahman.

Coupled with the undoubted managerial know-how of Conte, Ake could force his way into the first-team in west London. Besides, it would save the club millions and ensure an arrival that already wields rich Premier League experience.

Dominic Solanke

For a striker of just 18-years-old, Solanke is certainly causing a storm with clubs such as Arsenal reportedly trying to pry him from Stamford Bridge. Consequently, there can be little denying he is an exciting prospect for the Blues.

His loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem has been very successful with an admirable seven goals in 25 league outings. The Englishman could prove Chelsea’s equivalent of Marcus Rashford in 2016-17.

As long as Conte keeps the youngster grounded and transitions him into the side, Solanke could prove an unlikely but nonetheless appetising striking option for the Blues next year. After all, who dares wins.

Juan Cuadrado

The Colombian has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea after his renaissance at Juventus and the arrival of Conte. The Italian manager is reportedly a big fan of Cuadrado and thus seems unlikely to relinquish him.

While the 27-year-old’s brief exposure to the Premier League was far from successful, he was only handed six months to adapt. A second chance in English football could reap more reward for such a talented player.

Both Cuadrado and Conte have deep roots in Italian football and are consequently likely to have a strong working relationship. The winger may thrive under him to a greater extent than he did alongside Jose Mourinho as a result.

The opportunity to call upon such a mercurial wide man for free this summer seems too good of an opportunity to miss for Chelsea. It could easily prove second time lucky for the Juve man who has flourished in Italy this year.

Patrick Bamford

It’s been a tumultuous season for Bamford with his Crystal Palace loan ending in controversial circumstances and his Norwich spell yet to garner any pace. 2015-16 has proven a sudden fall from his unbridled success with Middlesborough last season.

Nonetheless, the English striker’s talent cannot be denied and a patchy term is understandable considering he remains just 22-years-old. Such a rough and tumble campaign in the Premier League will no doubt set him up well for the future also.

With Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato all potentially leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, Conte may fill one of the vacancies with Bamford. 2016-17 could easily be the season that witnesses the forward’s break-through.

There are certainly many causes for excitement around Chelsea ahead of next season and their loan assets prove one. The Blues cannot afford to take risks and using their returning players could be a wise medium through to stick with what they know.

Which of these loan players do you think Chelsea should call upon next season? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!

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