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  • Chelsea’s loan-army is vast and packed full of quality.
  • TalkChelsea believe these five loanees could make an impact next season.
  • Do you agree with our selections, Blues?

Being sent out on-loan is not being led down a cul-de-sac, at least it shouldn’t be. In recent seasons, it has been incredibly difficult for Chelsea youngsters to return home from loan spells away and integrate themselves into the first-team squad. It’s a frustration from the fans, who have witnessed a great deal of talent go to waste.

Andreas Christensen returned from a two-year spell with Borussia Monchengladbach and was given with an opportunity by manager Antonio Conte. Thibaut Courtois and Victor Moses have also made an impact in the first-team following spells away, but the list pretty much stops there.

As the Daily Mail report, Maurizio Sarri is considered the frontrunner to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. The Italian’s arrival will provide all of Chelsea’s loan army with clean slates ahead of our pre-season campaign.

TalkChelsea have chosen three players that spent last season out on-loan who could play a part for the first-team next season.

Kenedy

Kenedy
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Kenedy wasted no time showing the Newcastle United faithful exactly what he’s capable of. The Brazilian stepped up to the mark during a relegation six-pointer against Southampton and bagged a brace for the Magpies.

Though somewhat raw, Kenedy is incredibly talented. His speed, strength and thunderous shot-power make him a real handful for opposing full-backs to deal with. Sarri ought to have a proper look at him in pre-season before making a decision on his future.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma at Stoke City
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Kurt Zouma forced his way into the starting eleven while Jose Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea. He held his place in defence until an anterior cruciate ligament rupture derailed his 2015/16 campaign.

Zouma proved his fitness out on loan with Stoke City last term, despite the Potters’ struggles and subsequent relegation.

If Sarri is on the lookout for a new defender this summer, with David Luiz and Gary Cahill ageing fast, he should look no further than Zouma.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus Cheek
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An obvious selection, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one of the most promising young midfielders anywhere on the planet.

His loan to Crystal Palace was a masterstroke, with Loftus-Cheek forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.

He’s ready to start for Chelsea, he just needs the right manager to show faith in him. Could it be Sarri? Only time will tell.

Michy Batshuayi

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Michy Batshuayi set the Bundesliga alight following his loan to Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.

The Belgian bagged a brace against Newcastle United in his final Chelsea game. He took that momentum with him to Germany, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.

Especially considering the struggles of Alvaro Morata in the second-half of the season, Batshuayi deserves a chance. We have a feeling Sarri could be tempted to give him one.

Marco Van Ginkel

Marco Van Ginkel
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There was a distinct lack of goals in Chelsea’s midfield last season. N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater scored a combined eight goals in all competitions last season. Marco Van Ginkel scored 16.

Now, we’re not attempting to compare the competitiveness of the Premier League to the Eredivisie, but Van Ginkel has an eye for goal, that’s undeniable.

Van Ginkel has not made a Premier League appearance for Chelsea in almost five-years – it’s time to change that.

Do you agree with the five players we’ve selected? Have we missed anyone? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter @TalkChelsea.

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Kenedy, not so much. The others most certainly good choices. I especially would like to have a back four with Kurt Zouma in the and then have Kante just in front and RLC on the right, with one of two strikers upfront being Mitchy