Where is Chelsea’s £100m loan army deployed?
Somewhat out of the blue, Class of ’92 graduate, Nicky Butt recently launched a seemingly scathing attack on the state of the English game at youth level. Specifically that it is “crap” — at under 23 level, and he didn’t have much praise for the under 21 age group either. Instead Butt proposes pumping all the resources, financial and otherwise, at the under-19 leagues.
“The under-23s league is crap […] If you’re not in the first team by 20, you’re not going to make the first team, so why have it? […] You’re just stagnating people. Twenty-one was bad enough. I’d really throw all the money at the under-19 league, go alongside Europe.” — Nicky Butt
The former Manchester United man’s comments resonated with me on two levels. Firstly as a football fan (especially of the English game), the number of homegrown talent reaching the pinnacle of the sport has dwindled — so much that I would go as far as to say there is currently no English player that would be considered world class in the game today.
Secondly as a Chelsea fan who has seen the youth teams dominate their respective competitions at all levels, but is yet to see that success reflected in the senior team where John Terry is still the most recent academy player to nail down a place in the first team squad.
Game of Loans
One method Chelsea have employed to ease the transition from academy to senior football, has been the gargantuan utilisation of the loan system.
The 2016/17 has seen 38 players go out on loan from Chelsea, spread over 8 countries and 14 divisions. In England, 16% of EFL clubs have a Chelsea loanee. For comparison purposes, it should be noted that Manchester City are ranked second with 17 players out on loan.
Half of Chelsea’s loanees meet Nicky Butt’s under-20 criteria to still have a realistic chance at making the first team. A good sign, no doubt. The others, well — only time will tell.
Best case scenario, a majority of the players out on loan return to the club and go on to have long and successful careers.
Worst case… well, Chelsea end up having to flog them for what their worth. Which led me to look into just how much the Stamford Bridge loan army is worth.
After the break you’ll find a list of every one of the players out on loan, their age, position and transfer market value (according to TransferMarkt).
Here are all 38 of Chelsea’s 2016/17 loan army
(£0 represents data being unavailable)
- Dion Conroy, 20, CB, Aldershot Town, £0
- Nathan Baxter, 17, GK, Metropolitan Police, £0
- Jake Clarke-Salter, 18, CB, Bristol Rovers, £0
- Charlie Colkett, 20, CM, Bristol Rovers £0
- Mitchell Beeney, 20, GK, Crawley Town, £85,000
- Alex Kiwomya, 20, RW, Crewe Alexandra, £85,000
- Jordan Houghton, 20, CM, Doncaster Rovers, £85,000
- Alex Davey, 21, CB, Crawley Town,£85,000
- Joao Rodríguez, 20, CF Santa Fe, £128,000
- Jamal Blackman, 22, GK, Wycombe Wanderers, £213,000
- Islam Feruz, 20, CF, Mouscron-Péruwelz, £340,000
- Kasey Palmer, 19, AM, Huddersfield Town, £425,000
- Danilo Pantić, 19, CM, Excelsior, £638,000
- Victorien Angban, 19, DM, Granada, £850,000
- Matej Delač, 24, GK, Mouscron-Péruwelz, £850,000
- Tammy Abraham, 18, CF, Bristol City, £850,000
- Isaiah Brown, 19, RW, Rotherham United, £850,000
- Cristián Cuevas, 21, LM, Sint-Truiden, £1.02m
- Wallace, 22, RB, Grêmio, £1.28m
- Nathan, 20, LW, Vitesse, £1.28m
- Lewis Baker, 21, CM, Vitesse, £1.49m
- Jérémie Boga, 19, AM, Granada, £1.7m
- Kenneth Omeruo, 22, CB, Turkey Alanyaspor, £1.96m
- Lucas Piazon, 22, LW, Fulham, £2.13m
- Matt Miazga, 21, CB, Vitesse, £2.13m
- Tomáš Kalas, 23, CB, Fulham, £2.55m
- Christian Atsu, 24, RW, Newcastle United, £2.55m
- Bertrand Traoré, 21, RW, Ajax, £3.4m
- Michael Hector, 24, CB, Eintracht Frankfurt, £3.4m
- Mario Pašalić, 21, CM, Milan, £3.83m
- Nathan Aké, 21, LB, Bournemouth, £4.25m
- Charly Musonda, 19, LW, Real Betis, £4.25m
- Patrick Bamford, 23, CF, Burnley, £4.25m
- Kenedy, 20, LW, Watford, £6.8m
- Loïc Rémy, 29, CF, Crystal Palace, £7.65m
- Baba Rahman, 22, LB, FC Schalke 04, £10.2m
- Andreas Christensen, 20, CB, Borussia Mönchengladbach, £11.9m
- Juan Cuadrado, 28, RW, Juventus, £21.25m
Amounting to a grand total of: £104,754,000
At around £100m in value, that’s a pretty neat nest egg that Chelsea FC have managed to set up and if need be — cash in on.