Broja, Gallagher, Colwill: What Chelsea should do with their loan stars next season

What Chelsea should do with their 24 loanees heading into next season

There are plenty of people who say there is no such thing as being ‘too rich’, but apply that to the context of Chelsea’s youth talent, and you’ll find it’s not true.

Producing an immense number of academy talents from all age groups, Chelsea face a big job every season of managing their vast pool of incredibly talented youngsters, ensuring they develop properly and can make a professional career out of their potential.

Within that, the law of averages would suggest that some make it at Chelsea, too. It’s an incredible luxury to have youth stars bed into the first team and prove a success, but with the sheer number of talents Chelsea have on their books, they ought to make sure they do their best to ensure it does happen.

Currently, the Blues have 24 players shipped out on loan for the 2021/22 season. In and among that embarrassment of youth talent riches are a couple of anomalies, mind you. Those anomalies being failed signings and former youth stars who have now overstayed their welcome.

Youth stars, flops, it doesn’t matter. We’ve taken it upon ourselves at GIVEMESPORT to gather all 24 loanees and give a short insight as to what the Blues should do with each player ahead of next season.

1. Nathan Baxter – Sell

Baxter will turn 24 before 2022 is over and is currently on his seventh loan spell. That’s vast experience and enough to see him carve out a career as somebody’s number one. Chelsea are set in the goalkeeper department, too. Time to move on.

Baxter isn't breaking into Chelsea's goalkeeper department
CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 24: Nathan Baxter of Hull City celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Hull City at the Cardiff City Stadium on November 24, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

2. Jamie Cumming – Sell

A similar story. Cumming is a little younger at 22 and has less loan experience, but won’t be getting in at Chelsea anytime soon. He should move on.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Jamie Cumming of Milton Keynes Dons celebrates after Troy Parrott of Milton Keynes Dons ( not pictured ) scores their side’s first goal during the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Milton Keynes Dons and at Stadium mk on May 08, 2022 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

3. Sami Tlemcani – Loan

At just 17 years old, Tlemcani was sent on his first ever loan away from Chelsea to get a taste of English men’s football with Merstham. Getting the reps in while young is absolutely vital for the teenage keeper.

4. Ethan Wady – Loan

American stopper Wady has been building up a portfolio in the lower tiers of English football and should continue to do so and make the most of the opportunities that come while being with Chelsea.

5. Karlo Ziger – Loan

Ziger is a highly rated goalkeeper at youth level and has impressed at age groups beyond his years, notably proving his worth in the Premier League 2. A handful of loan spells could see him well positioned for a place in the squad in years to come.

Ziger needs another loan
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 18: Karlo Ziger of Chelsea during the EFL Trophy match between Bristol Rovers and Chelsea U21 at the Memorial Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Bristol, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

6. Ethan Ampadu – Use

While Ampadu’s loan spells haven’t looked all that successful, having played for RB Leipzig, Sheffield United and Venezia all by the age of 21 is incredibly important. Already a Wales international, Ampadu can show his experience and versatility by plugging the emerging gaps in Chelsea’s defence next season.

Ethan Ampadu has a wealth of experience
SALERNO, ITALY – MAY 05: Ethan Ampadu of Venezia FC during the Serie A match between US Salernitana and Venezia FC at Stadio Arechi on May 05, 2022 in Salerno, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

7. Juan Castillo – Sell

Signing for Chelsea in 2016, Castillo has spent the past two seasons on loan within the Football League and struggled somewhat, but gained valuable experience. He doesn’t look ready for Chelsea, but could find form elsewhere in England.

Juan Castillo needs to move on
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Juan Castillo of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

8. Jake Clarke-Salter – Sell

Clarke-Salter turns 25 before the year is out and has had more than enough loans to try and break in at Chelsea. Coming off the back of a successful 2021/22 with Coventry, now is the time to find a permanent move.

Jake Clarke-Salter needs to move away from Chelsea
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 23: Jake Clarke-Salter of Vitesse holding his boot which came off during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Vitesse at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

9. Emerson Palmieri – Sell

Yes, Chelsea look set to have problems with depth at full back, and at 27, Emerson is a cost-effective fix. Should circumstances allow, though, this is the chance to bolster and refresh the position, not bring in players who previously haven’t cut the mustard. Ben Chilwell needs stronger competition.

Emerson isn't the man for Chelsea
ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 12: Emerson Palmieri of Italy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Italy and Switzerland at Stadio Olimpico on November 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

10. Levi Colwill – Use

If Chelsea weren’t in such a crisis defensively with players leaving left right and centre, we would’ve said it was best for Colwill to get another loan under his belt to build on his mightily impressive spell with Huddersfield. However, the crisis has presented him with a path to the first-team and Chelsea must blood the 19-year-old in accordingly.

Colwill deserves a chance at Chelsea next season
DERBY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Levi Samuels Colwill of huddersfield seen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Huddersfield Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Derby, England. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

11. Henry Lawrence – Loan

Lawrence headed out on his first loan spell at the beginning of the season with Wimbledon and has made 24 appearances in League One. The 20-year-old right back should build on this with another loan next season to gain more experience.

Lawrence needs another loan
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Henry Lawrence of AFC Wimbledon during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Burton Albion at Plough Lane on October 02, 2021 in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

12. Ian Maatsen – Use

Subjected to interest from Borussia Dortmund if reports are to be believed, 20-year-old left back Maatsen could be the perfect addition at the back for Chelsea having already been loaned to Charlton and Coventry. A gap has opened up and they should integrate him.

Maatsen is being watched by big clubs
COVENTRY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Ian Maatsen of Coventry City looks on as he walks along the touchline after being substituted off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Cardiff City at The Coventry Building Society Arena on September 15, 2021 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

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13. Matt Miazga – Sell

The American centre back signed in 2016 and, aside from a handful of Chelsea appearances, has spent time on loan in England, Holland, Belgium and France. At 26 years old, he doesn’t look at the required level. Time to go.

Matt Miazga has been at Chelsea since 2016
WIGAN, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Matt Miazga of Reading FC celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Reading at DW Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

14. Baba Rahman – Sell

Signing for Chelsea for £14 million in 2015, Rahman arrived with a lot of promise, but has been caught in the loan cycle ever since. He deserves the chance to find a new permanent club and kick on properly.

Baba Rahman is still a Chelsea player
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Baba Rahman of Chelsea during the Pre Season Friendly between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

15. Dujon Sterling – Use

An option as competition for Reece James at right back or even at centre back, Sterling has shown his promise on loan at Blackpool and, at 22, deserves a shot within the first team next season. Thomas Tuchel is said to be high on Sterling, so it makes sense.

Sterling is liked by Tuchel
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Dujon Sterling of Blackpool runs with the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Hartlepool United and Blackpool at Suit Direct Stadium on January 08, 2022 in Hartlepool, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

16. Tino Anjorin – Loan

Heading to Huddersfield halfway through the season to link up with Colwill, midfielder Anjorin hasn’t quite made the same impact, but would benefit from a full season’s loan, ideally in England. Returning to the Terriers wouldn’t be a bad shout.

Time is still on the side of Anjorin
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Tino Anjorin of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on December 08, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

17. Tiemoue Bakayoko – Sell

Bakayoko returned for a second loan spell at AC Milan and has failed to make any impact at all as they chase down a first Scudetto in over a decade. Chelsea must stop treading water with the 27-year-old and finally sell.

Bakayoko has struggled in Milan
MILAN, ITALY – MAY 15: Tiemoue’ Bakayoko of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 15, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

18. Danny Drinkwater – Sell

There is potentially a solid and vastly experienced player in Drinkwater, for the right club. That club is not Chelsea. Has to go.

Drinkwater has been on loan at Reading
READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Danny Drinkwater of Reading in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Blackpool at Madejski Stadium on October 20, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

19. Conor Gallagher – Use

The Englishman has now proven with back-to-back loan spells within the Premier League that he can cut the mustard in the top flight. Crystal Palace will do everything they can to sign Gallagher permanently, but Chelsea must use him as a starting point for refreshing their midfield.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Conor Gallagher of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on February 09, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

20. Billy Gilmour – Loan

Despite looking so endlessly promising when breaking through, Gilmour has come unstuck somewhat and struggled at relegated Norwich. Doesn’t look ready to step in and add the bite Chelsea need in midfield, thus another loan spell feels most appropriate.

Gilmour needs another loan
NORWICH, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Billy Gilmour of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Brentford at Carrow Road on March 05, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

21. Armando Broja – Use

After a bright start at Southampton, goals have dried up for exciting young forward Broja. That isn’t a significant concern, though, as the top flight minutes are beneficial regardless. He could be a nice rotation option, and would diversify the way Chelsea attack. Tuchel is a fan, which could be key.

Chelsea should use Broja next season
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Armando Broja of Southampton celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

22. Michy Batshuayi – Sell

Batshuayi has spent the 2021/22 season on loan in the Turkish Super Lig – the go-to division for former Premier League veterans and could’ve beens. He’s got no way back in at Stamford Bridge. They need to move him on.

Batshuayi's time at Chelsea is up
DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Michy Batshuayi of Besiktas is challenged by Jude Bellingham of Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas at Signal Iduna Park on December 07, 2021 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

23. Mason Burstow – Loan

Young Burstow has his entire career ahead of him at just 18. Chelsea signed him in the mid-season transfer window, immediately loaning him back to Charlton. One to watch.

Chelsea have a star in Burstow
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Mason Burstow of Charlton Athletic shoots during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Charlton Athletic v Norwich City at The Valley on January 09, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

24. Bryan Fiabema – Loan

Similarly to Burstow, the world is Fiabema’s oyster at this point. At just 19, the striker needs to gather as much experience as possible when his loan at Rosenborg is finished.

Fiabema is very young
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Bryan Fiabema of Chelsea battles for possession with Ludvig Nicklasson of Malmo FF during the UEFA Youth League match between FC Chelsea v Malmo FF at Kingsmeadow on October 20, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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