Chelsea FC loan roundup; February 19, 2013

Clive Brunskill

Today we'll take our weekly look at what the Chelsea players out on loan did

  • Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion): West Brom hasn't played since our last loan roundup, so there's nothing new to talk about with Lukaku this week.
  • Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid): Courtois was rested mid-week in the Europa league, and Atletico now have their work cut out for them after losing 2-0 to Ruben Kazan. He was back in net for the weekend, and wasn't tested very often as he kept yet another clean sheet.
  • Michael Essien (Real Madrid): Essien continues to be a key player for Jose Mourinho's side, as he started again on the weekend for his "daddy". He was not used mid-week against Manchester United.
  • Lucas Piazon (Malaga): Piazon was awarded his first start at Malaga this weekend, and he was absolutely outstanding in the 1-0 victory. The young Brazilian was calm and composed, completing 92% of his passes (most of which were in the final third), and assisting the game's only goal. Piazon was also named to Malaga's Champions League squad, and with a starting debut like this one, he may force his way onto the pitch more often.
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen): De Bruyne was fantastic again this week against Freiburg in a 3-2 loss, assisting one of the two Werder goals. His all-around game is coming along nicely, and he's certainly got to be one that the club will take a long look at this summer as Yossi Benayoun and possibly Marko Marin find new homes.
  • Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV): Bruma did not take part this weekend, as he was serving his suspension for red card against Borussia Dortmund.
  • Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic): Inter is back underway, and it looks like Delac will be there first choice keeper for the spring. He came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline in his first appearance of this go-around with Zapresic, but looked fairly good by all accounts.
  • Tomas Kalas (Vitesse Arnhem): Kalas was returned to the Vitesse starting eleven after a brief trip to the bench, and he looked pretty good in this weekend's victory. He looked notably fresher against Groninghen, so maybe the brief rest was exactly what he needed.
  • Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem): PvA continued his impressive recent form with an outstanding performance in Vitesse's 2-0 victory this weekend. He was probably the best player on the pitch, and his recent run of excellent play should have Chelsea thinking long and hard about what to do with him next season.
  • Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem): Kakuta has been dealing with a minor injury, and was not available over the weekend.
  • Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag): After playing quite a few games for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations, Omeruo was given the weekend off by Den Haag. Considering that he's not yet 20 years old, that's probably not a bad decision.
  • Amin Affane (Roda JC): Affane was finally healthy enough to get back on the Roda bench, and even managed to make a 30 minute contribution in a draw with AZ.
  • Thorgan Hazard (Zulte-Waregem): The younger Hazard had another fantastic game for Zulte in their 2-0 win over the weekend. He was probably a bit unlucky not to end up with a goal in that one, as the woodwork and a few excellent saves managed to keep him from finding the back of the net.
  • Wallace (Fluminense): Wallace was not in the squad for Flu's 1-0 Copa Libertadores victory over Caracas, neither was Ronan (the other Flu player involved in the Deco deal).
  • Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough): McEachran got a pair of starts this week after Tony Mowbray talked about resting the young midfielder. He played 75 strong minutes in his usual central role mid-week before starting on the left flank in the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace. He didn't look particularly good on the weekend, but his physical tools (or lack thereof) don't really leave any reason to believe that he should be more effective in space.
  • Sam Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest): Still injured, with no word on a possible return.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford): Chalabah and Watford continue to dominate their opposition, and the young Chelsea man was outstanding again this weekend in a 4-0 victory. The success Watford are having is causing some debate about Football League loan rules, but with the way things are going now, they will be in the Premier League anyway.
  • Ulises Davila (CE Sabadell): Davila had surgery on his injured hand this week, and missed the weekend's game because of it. He's expected to be back in short order though, as he'll play with a cast that protects his hand. It wouldn't surprise me if he's still a week or two away from that return however, as there doesn't seem to be a pressing need to rush him back.
  • Patrick Bamford (MK Dons): Bamford is still unavailable while dealing with a hamstring injury.
  • Sam Walker (Colchester United): Walker had his first below average outing for Colchester this weekend, allowing three goals to get by him in a fairly sloppy 3-0 loss. Sheffield are clearly the better team, and it showed on the pitch.
  • Billy Clifford (Colchester United): Clifford extended his loan for the remainder of the season this week, and he again started (in the pivot no less) against Sheffield United. Colchester had a rough outing on the whole, but by all accounts Clifford held his own.
  • Jhon Pirez (Leganes): Pirez is on a bit of a roll, playing another 90 minutes this weekend as Leganes won again. I really wish Leganes weren't in the third division of Spanish football, as watching him now that he's playing would be kind of fun.

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