There are less than two weeks until the Premier League transfer window closes, and less than a month until the rest of the Football League is closed for business.
Chelsea are banned from signing players, but that won’t stop them being very active in the market. The Blues have an entire loan army to move on, and they need to speed up. There are tons of really bright talents hanging around looking for temporary moves – or permanent ones.
It seems likely that Fikayo Tomori, Trevoh Chalobah, Conor Gallagher and Dujon Sterling will all move on loan somewhere before the season starts, and that players like Kasey Palmer will leave permanently.
Wherever they go, Chelsea need to get a move on. It is vital for the development of these players that they are sent to the right spots, meaning that those headed to Premier League teams need the wheels turning as soon as possible on their move.
We saw what happened with Tammy Abraham last year – the striker ended up at Aston Villa because a Premier League move couldn’t be sorted in time. Of course he did well there, but he missed out on a potential second year of Premier League football.
Not everyone will get as lucky as him. Now Petr Cech has been installed, there’s no excuses for not finding great destinations for our brightest talents. Of course moving to other countries can be a great option too, with a more relaxed deadline, but for preparing youngsters for life at Chelsea, there’s no better practice than the Premier League.