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Chelsea’s loan army, defenders who can join first team

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The Blues have reduced the number of players going out on loan and this number will further reduce as players are sold to comply with regulations.

In their heyday, Chelsea sent 42 players out on loan. The excellent youth academy was producing talent which needed minutes on the pitch to realize their potential.

With UEFA clamping down on this practice as it was being abused in throughout Italy and by Chelsea in England, expect the numbers of players going on load going down.

Frank Lampard has been the messiah Chelsea youth academy has been looking out for. The Blues legend has walked in and given 9 academy stars a chance in first team. The most in Abramovich era.  

We look at defenders who can make their on Chelsea first team.

Ethan Ampadu

The youth academy star is currently plying his trade at RB Leipzig under Julian Nagelsmann. Ampadu starred in Tottenham’s destruction against the Bulls but he needs more experience.

With only two starts under his belt, it looks unlikely he will be lining up for Lampard next season.

Juan Castillo

A left-back by trade, Castillo has played for all Netherland’s youth teams. He joined Chelsea as a thirteen-year-old but has been unable to make his mark. With a season in Jong Ajax, he looks to return to the Dutch capital. Chelsea would not stand in his way as his contracts expires in June.

Trevoh Chalobah

A defender by trade, Chalobah has been played as a holding midfielder at Huddersfield. His choice of loan teams can hardly impress anyone and Lampard will not be considering him this year. Chalobah needs more experience before Lampard gives him a first team run. It looks unlikely and he will be moving in the near future.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Young Jake had a lot to offer and he has proved that in his 18 appearances at Birmingham City. But at 22-years of age, it looks unlikely he will linkup with Lampard and Co.

Chelsea will be looking to recoup some of the money invested in his development and pour it into the next back of academy graduates.

Josh Grant

The Brixton born central defender is making all the right noises a loan player should be making. Currently in League Two, he still has some way to go before joining with the first team. However, there will be plenty of interest in the 21-year-old and Chelsea will look to profit on their youth academy captain.