Chelsea FC Loan Roundup: 5/7/12

This weekend marked the end of several more loan spells, as Sam Walker, Jeffrey Bruma, and Rhys Taylor will be returning to London to join up with Ulises Davila and Kevin De Bruyne. Kenneth Omeruo also completed his final game of the season, but his loan still has another 12 months to go. The majority of our loanees will be entering the final week of their loan spell, so this report should all but disappear soon. For this week though, we'll have a fairly full one for you. So without further adieu...

  • Thibaut Courtois - Courtois was his usual fantastic self in Atletico's massive win on the weekend. By winning 2-1 over 4th place Malaga, Atletico have given themselves a (slim) chance at Champions League qualification this weekend as they face Villareal. Atletico also have the Europa League final on Wednesday to look forward to, so Courtois will have a busy last week of his loan. Here's the goal he allowed over the weekend, I don't think anyone can place any blame on him for this one
  • Jeffrey Bruma - Bruma returned to his more familiar role in the center of the defense, replacing former academy product Michael Mancienne. Bruma had himself a pretty nice game, he just looks far more comfortable in the center of the defense than he does on the right. Hamburg were not relegated despite the 1-0 defeat, having achieved safety last week. What the future holds for Bruma is uncertain, but he'll be headed back to London with the others for now.
  • Matej Delac - Once again the backup keeper, once again did not play. Two games remain on his loan spell, I'd guess next week's report will read exactly the same.
  • Josh McEachran - Leon Britton did not start, but that didn't mean little Josh would. Ugh. Hopefully Swansea play him in the season's finale against Liverpool.
  • Rhys Taylor - Having been relegated to the bench while Rotherham evaluated their internal options lately, Taylor played the full 90 in Rotherham's finale. He was solid as usual in the 1-1 draw, and will now head back to Cobham for the summer. I have a feeling that Taylor will be making a permanent move elsewhere this summer, and his loan spell certainly helped him in that endeavor.
  • Sam Walker - Like Taylor, Sam Walker finished up his loan spell this past weekend. He'd do so on a 2-0 defeat, but he was very impressive individually in this one. The Yeovil defense was awful in this contest, but Walker had a few very impressive saves in the dying minutes to cap off his loan with a bang.
  • Gael Kakuta - Kakuta was left out of the 18 man squad as Dijon took on Lorient. Dijon would go on to draw the contest 0-0 and subsequently land in the 19th spot. Dijon have a pair of games left to be played against top 8 opponents, and desperately need points to avoid relegation. After today's display, I'd fully expect Kakuta to return to the starting lineup asap.
  • Ben Gordon - Killie played a pair this past week, and Gordon played the full 90 minutes in both of them. Ben has one game remaining in his season before he'll return to Chelsea to be evaluated further. Gordon is yet to have a bad game for Killie, I'd be very interested to see the club make a strong effort to find him a loan at a championship side where he'll feature regularly.
  • Patrick van Aanholt - PvA took part in one of the final two Vitesse fixtures, playing the full 90 midweek against Utrecht. He was solid, putting in a very aggressive attacking display in that one. He did not feature against Ajax on the weekend, but his season is not yet done. Vitesse now play NEC home and away in a cup style semi-final as they attempt to earn a Europa League place. Here are the highlights from his game:

    • Tomas Kalas - Kalas participated in both Vitesse fixtures this season, playing the full 90 in both. You've already seen the highlights of the Utrect game, he could have been a bit better in that one. His defending left a bit to be desired against Ajax as well, the highlights can be found here. Hopefully Kalas will have a better week as Vitesse try to qualify for Europa.
    • Kenneth Omeruo - Omeruo missed the midweek game on a red card suspension, a game Den Haag would lose 5-0. He'd return for Den Haag's final game, playing the full 90 in a 5-3 loss. Omerou was decent, but he was directly at fault for the first goal of the day. He adds an awful lot of threat from set pieces, as three times he just missed finding the net in this wide open affair. He certainly needs more polish to his game though, another season at Den Haag will likely do him wonders.

    That's it for this week, you can expect recaps for the guys that finished up to start Thursday. It will be a small roundup from this point forward, but hopefully the guys in Vitesse can stretch it beyond next week.

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