Three Chelsea loanees that have been sent to the wrong club

Over the last number of years, Chelsea have been the Premier League side that has seemingly made the most of questionable regulations over the loaning out of players.

The current Premier League champions have made the habit of buying up young talent from around the globe, farming these players out to other sides and watching their value increase.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne are two examples of players to have little time on the pitch for the Stamford Bridge outfit before being sold on for a profit after impressing on loan.

This season is no different for Jose Mourinho’s men, with more than 30 players sent out on loan by the West London club.

Although a host of deals that the Blues have undertaken in the loan market have paid dividends both on and off the pitch in recent years, some can prove to be less successful.

For the ploy to work, the Chelsea starlets need to receive regular first-team football, but are not always guaranteed this luxury.

With this in mind, here are three current Chelsea loanees that have been farmed out to the wrong temporary club…

Christian Atsu – Bournemouth

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Ghana international Atsu joined the Premier League giants in 2013 with a burgeoning reputation following impressive showings for both his country and former club Porto.

An explosive winger with an eye for goal, the 23-year-old has not been given a chance by Jose Mourinho as yet due to stellar competition for places.

Following temporary deals at Vitesse and Everton in recent seasons, the African attacker has been sent to newly promoted Bournemouth this term – but is yet to feature in the Premier League for the Cherries.

With Eddie Howe largely sticking with the contingent of players that helped Bournemouth to promotion last term and injury concerns playing their part, Atsu has been a fringe figure thus far.

A serious injury to Callum Wilson may well represent an opportunity for the Ghana international to feature more often, but initially this deal looks set to be one that does not benefit either club or the player.

Nathan Ake – Watford

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Chelsea’s defensive problems have been painstakingly apparent this season, with it appearing to be only a matter of time before long-serving stalwart John Terry is replaced by a younger alternative.

One of the most promising potential first-team centre-halves in the current ranks is Nathan Ake, who was poached from the Feyenoord youth ranks in 2011 and has progressed at Stamford Bridge.

A short stint at Reading in the second half of last season gave the 20-year-old some experience of first-team football, but 2015-16 was expected to be the campaign where the Dutchman played regularly to build his confidence.

A temporary deal at Watford has not afforded him this as yet, with the newly promoted side looking to others, while Ake bides his time on the fringes.

Patrick Bamford – Crystal Palace

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Hotshot striker Patrick Bamford clearly has a bright future in the game, with Chelsea rating him as one of the young stars with potential to be a first-team member in the not-too distant future.

Since getting his first taste of senior football at Nottingham Forest, the versatile forward has had successful loan stints at MK Dons, Derby and last season at Middlesbrough, scoring 17 goals in the Championship in 2014-15.

With involvement in the England under-21 set-up also, Bamford was looking like a young centre forward on the express track to the big time.

However, this season at Crystal Palace, Premier League football has been a commodity as Alan Pardew opts for more sprightly options to lead his line.

With plenty of other teams surely crying out for a striker as lethal as Bamford, the fact that the 22-year-old is yet to start a league fixture for the Eagles will be a frustration to Jose Mourinho’s men.