Chelsea have had an astonishing 37 players sent out on loan this season as the club’s policy over loan players is in full flow.
Out of those 37, there have been some who simply haven’t benefited from their experience whilst others have relished the chance to make an impression on the club.
From Bekanty Victorien Angban, who is applying his trade for Belgian club Waasland-Beveren to Kenneth Omeruo, who has gone from featuring Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup to playing for Turkish club Kasimpasa, the list is extensive to say the least.
Whilst a more prominent name like Michy Batshuayi, who debatably should have been given more frequent chances at Chelsea this campaign, shined for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 9 goals in 13 appearances before sustaining an injury that sidelined the Belgian for the rest of the campaign.
We’ve highlighted three Chelsea loanees that have in some sense been forgotten and underused from a club stand point, who may be the surprise package for the first team next season.
This season has been crucial for Mount’s development from a youth prospect to a professional first-team player. Whilst he’s yet to get Chelsea fans off their seat, he’s been superb for Vitesse Arnhem.
So much so that the 19-year-old was included in the Eredivisie Team of the Year as his performances are sure to have got those behind the scenes at Chelsea observing him.
There’s a good chance Mount could be part of the Blues’ pre-season plans and his young age shouldn’t put him off staying at the club for the entirety of the campaign.
Marco van Ginkel
Like Mount, Van Ginkel has also got football fans in The Netherlands talking as he captained PSV to the league title, as he’s shown his professionalism and experience for the Dutch giants.
When Van Ginkel joined Chelsea from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013, it was expected that he would be part of our plans sooner rather than later. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case for the central midfielder but don’t write him off just yet.
Despite Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League, Zouma should still have the confidence and motivation he can work his way back into becoming a Stamford Bridge regular.
It was under former manager Jose Mourinho where Zouma enjoyed plenty of match action for the club but an anterior cruciate ligament injury forced the Frenchman to miss six months of football as his downward spiral started.
Having joined the Potters on loan in July, Zouma signed a six-year deal, which further emphasises that he could potentially make a stunning return at the heart of Chelsea’s defence next season.