As ever Chelsea have a substantial army out on loan this season.
From League One to the Druga Liga and as far reaching as Brazil, from 18-year-olds to a 31-year-old, the Blues staff were busy behind the scenes finding deals to develop or reinvigorate their stars that weren’t in Thomas Tuchel’s plans for the season.
The likes of Levi Colwill have been able to gain experience under the Chelsea boss already ahead of his move to Huddersfield to boost his confidence.
Colwill told Goal: “It (training under Tuchel) definitely gave me confidence. It showed that Chelsea trust me, and being with the first team helped me ahead of coming to Huddersfield.”
Others have benefitted in a similar manner and many have had stunning starts to their time away from Stamford Bridge. Others may need to rethink things however.
First up we’ve caught up with experts from around the country to get the lowdown on Chelsea’s goalkeepers and defenders out on loan in the United Kingdom.
Take a look below:
Jamie Cumming (Luke Cawdell – Gillingham reporter)
How is Jamie Cumming getting on at Gillingham so far?
He’s been a hit so far after making some super saves. He had big boots to fill after replacing Stoke-bound Jack Bonham who had been a regular at Priestfield for the past two seasons. He made some special saves in a recent game against local rivals Charlton, showing great speed and athleticism with one save in particular. There was another where he was at full stretch to deny Cambridge a goal the other night.
Does the loan have legs for the rest of the season?
I would imagine it will be one of the easier decisions the management have in January when they assess their loan opinions. I am sure Chelsea are happy the player is getting plenty of minutes and he’s been kept busy too. There are some top teams in League 1 this year to ensure he has lots to do. Gillingham do have a more experienced keeper (Aaron Chapman) as a back-up but he’s had to make do with the odd cup game as Jamie holds the no.1 spot for now.