Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea they have really ramped up the academy and have many players on their books. This has allowed the club to loan out young academy players so they can get first team experience say in the Championship or at another Premier League side before then moving up to the Chelsea first team squad.
If they don’t end up in the Chelsea first team, they’ll end up getting sold at a higher price as other clubs have seen their quality. Look at Marc Guehi who joined Crystal Palace for £16m last summer after impressing on loan at Swansea. He never made a first-team performance for The Blues.
Chelsea’s Cobham academy has produced some top talents just look at Mason Mount and Reece James, these are only two examples. But, in this current season, there have been a total of 23 Chelsea academy players loaned out to clubs across Europe.
Here are some of the best players loaned out this season and how they’ve got on.
Billy Gilmour is a Scottish prodigy who joined Chelsea at 16 years old from Rangers. He got game time under former Chelsea manager and player, Frank Lampard, but clearly wasn’t ready to really battle for a place in the starting lineup.
In 2021-2022, Gilmour was loaned out to Norwich City F.C. who had immediately bounced back after being relegated the season before. Unfortunately, the midfielder has not experienced the best moments as the Canaries have been relegated yet again and sit bottom of the table.
To be fair to him, he didn’t have enough game time to really show what he can do. Though, we wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t sent out again on loan or maybe even sold.
Conor Gallagher is a Chelsea boy through and through, his whole family supports Chelsea and he’s been in the youth setup since 2008. He’s now 22 and has been one of the key players for Crystal Palace where he’s spent the season on loan.
He’s scored eight goals and got three assists for Palace and he even picked up the player of the year award for The Eagles.
Crystal Palace have said that they’d love for him to stay whether that’s on a permanent deal or another season-long loan, but Tuchel will surely want him back playing for Chelsea next season. One of the most hotly-discussed topics at the moment is Conor Gallagher’s future.
If Chelsea decide to sell him then they’ll be after a high price and other clubs will be interested after the season he’s had.
Levi is 18 years old, a long-time Chelsea academy player, and currently on loan at Huddersfield who are fighting in the Playoffs for their return to the Premier League. He’s proven his talent by making 29 appearances for The Terriers (at the time of us writing this article).
Colwill has been given the chance to show what he’s made of under manager Carlos Corberan. It will be interesting to see what his future holds if Huddersfield win promotion to the Premier League.
Broja stands out among the Chslea loan stars this season with his exceptional performance down on the south coast with Southampton. He has been attracting fans in Southampton with his skill, eye goal, and direct running.
Ralph Hassenhuttl has been so happy that he is trying to sign him on a permanent deal. But negotiations with Chelsea haven’t been easy due to the whole situation with the club’s ownership at the moment.
Broja is now probably out until the end of the season with an injury so his future will be decided in the summer. With so many great players on loan, Chelsea can’t have them all return to the first team squad so some will have to be sold on and it looks like Broja will be one that does leave.
Emerson Palmieri is an Italian footballer with Brazilian heritage who joined Chelsea in January 2018. Even though he won Euro 2020 with Italy last summer, he was still down the pecking order at left-back for Chelsea behind Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell.
This loan deal was done long before Chilwell got injured and there were even rumours that Chelsea would recall him from Lyon, but the French side didn’t want to let him return early.