Chelsea have earned themselves quite a reputation for harbouring young talent without giving them too many opportunities to shine in the first-team and their bizarre loan policy has been highlighted with a sensational stat.
After netting a brace for Vitesse Arnheim on Wednesday, The Sun reports Lewis Baker has taken the goal tally of Chelsea loanees across the continent this season to three figures- with 100 goals now scored by Blues players plying their trade elsewhere.
At the end of last summer’s window, Chelsea remarkably had 38 players on their books that have been sent off loan elsewhere and the likes of Baker, who has scored 14 goals this season, and Tammy Abraham, who has netted 21 goals for Bristol City, have certainly showed their worth.
Strangely, their numbers are significantly better than quite a few of Chelsea’s current first-team players at Stamford Bridge- with £33m Michy Batshuayi being the biggest culprit to suggest that foreign players are impeding the development of young players from Britain.
Chelsea’s loan policy is unlikely to change anytime soon and it’s anybody’s guess as to whether we’ll see any of these loanees in Chelsea colours but it does suggest the FA should clamp down in this area.