Chelsea FC Continental Loan Roundup: October 21, 2013

Stanley Chou

Chelsea's youngsters on loan throughout Europe were in action this past weekend, here's a look at what they did

Four Chelsea continental loanees found their names on the scoresheet this weekend, although one of them is sure to want to forget that it happened. We have a few players unsurprisingly struggling with injuries, and a few with whom we might have aimed a little too high with this particular loan. Here's the rundown of what happened this past weekend:

  • Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) - Courtois didn't have his finest game of the season, being credited with an own goal in Atletico's 1-0 loss. Oops.
  • Marko Marin (Sevilla) - In a shocking turn of events, Marko Marin is now injured and expected to miss about a month.
  • Oriol Romeu (Valencia) - Romeu continues to do little to impress at Valencia, as he was again an unused substitute over the weekend. Coming back from a knee injury as severe as his takes time, and I'd expect it to be springtime before we start getting glimpses of the old Romeu.
  • Matej Delac (FK Vojvodina) - Delac suffered defeat for the first time this season,as his side fell 2-1 to Sloboda Uzice. I bet you thought I wouldn't be able to find highlights from this one, didn't you?
  • Lucas Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem) - Piazon has been on fire of late, and added a brace along with an assist in his side's 3-2 come from behind victory this weekend. Piazon was absolutely sensational, and it's hard to picture him not having a Chelsea future after a performance like that one.
  • Cristian Cuevas (Vitesse Arnhem) - Cuevas continues to wait for his debut, but started at left back today for the Vitesse reserves. It wouldn't surprise me to see a lot of that this season, and to see the Chilean return to Vitesse next season as the starter in the same position.
  • Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem) - Atsu finally got his first start for Vitesse, and looked somewhat nervous early on. He grew into the game as it went along, and I was relatively impressed by what I saw (especially as he seemed to be playing in a relatively new position). I'd expect to see him continue to get starts going forward, and to continue getting calls for the national team as he did during the week.
  • Sam Hutchinson (Vitesse Arnhem) - Hutchinson is still not fully fit, and has not yet debuted because of that.
  • Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem) - Van Aanholt continues to impress at left back for Vitesse, and scored the winner this past weekend for the Dutch side. He's looked good so far this season, I'd be interested to know what Mourinho thinks of his performances.
  • Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem) - Kakuta was an unused substitute during Vitesse's game over the weekend, although he did start today for the Vitesse reserves. It will be interesting to see if Kakuta can get on the pitch with the type of impression Atsu seems to be making, hopefully he'll do enough to work his way back into the first team.
  • Stipe Perica (NAC Breda) - Perica started on the bench, coming on for the game's final 25 minutes. He looked good with his passing and had a pair of shots on goal, but struggled in the air which is usually a real strength of his.
  • Wallace (Inter Milan) - Wallace started on the bench this weekend, but was on for the final 10 minutes of a wild 3-3 draw. He wasn't all that involved, touching the ball only a handful of times and registering a single foul. Serie A has been ridiculously entertaining this season, even if it's more due to a relative lack of quality than any sort of wonderful football being played.
  • Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem) - Even with the seasons being put together by Patrick Bamford and Lucas Piazon, the most impressive player on loan Chelsea have had this year may well be Thorgan Hazard. Hazard added yet another goal this weekend in his side's 1-1 draw.
  • Ulises Davila (Cordoba) - Davila got his first start of the season against his old club, and stayed on the pitch for about 70 minutes. Apparently he looked fairly solid in that time, although I didn't see that game.
  • Jhon Pirez (CD Leganes) - He still exists, and proved it by playing about 15 minutes this weekend.
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