Chelsea's youth policy has come in for some strong criticism over the past year, as the club have been accused of stockpiling talent.
As it stands, the Blues have an eye-watering total of 38 players out on loan, and one man that knows what that's like is Thorgan Hazard.
The 23-year-old and brother of current Blues star, Eden, spent three years with the west London club between 2012 and 2015, but failed to make a single appearance for the club during that time.
However, he did venture out on loan on two occasions to link up with Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem and Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, who he has since joined permanently.
And while he is now staring for club and country, Hazard has been given the opportunity to reflect on his time with the Blues and how they treat their developing stars.
Speaking with newspaper Nieuwsblad in his native Belgium, he explained that though Chelsea are a highly successful club, their youth policy is so big that is often gets out of hand.
Of himself he said: "I knew I would not stay at Chelsea. It was a great opportunity, but I knew I needed regular playing time."
But he then went on to single out two of his international colleagues that also didn't make the grade at Stamford Bridge before going out on loan and making names for themselves elsewhere.
"Chelsea like to buy youngsters and then slowly get them ready. De Bruyne, Musonda, Lukaku all went on loan," he added.
"Maybe Chelsea now regret their decision not to give De Bruyne and Lukaku more chances, I don’t know.
"Of course it helped that Chelsea also signed Eden, but it is not like they just sign every player’s brother.
"They signed me because I showed potential. They had to pay Lens a fee to get me. And they were right."
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