This was originally posted over on the brilliant Chelsea FC Subreddit
Much has been made of the loans of Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Piazon and, in recent weeks, Thorgan Hazard. The former two are likely to come back to Chelsea and the latter two will probably see another season out on loan, perhaps in a more competitive league like the Premier League.
These seem fairly straightforward but we haven't really talked about the loans of our other 20+ players on loan and what happens next for them.
Most of them are youngsters like Traoré, Bamford, Chalobah and Perica who we have to assume aren't ready for the first team and are probably going to be sent out on loan again.
That however leaves us with some players (some more high profile than others) whose futures are a bit less clear. These players are probably going to leave Chelsea but I'd like to know your opinions of the following players, whether you'd like them to stay, go or just generally your thoughts:
Ryan Bertrand- Champions League winner on his debut, purported air to the Ashley Cole crown at left-back until Cesar Azpilicueta ruined the party by being as bloody brilliant on the left as he is on the right. Reports have Bertrand saying he wants first-team football week-in-week-out (which he won't get at Chelsea) and with the blues apparently in the after Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, it looks like Bertrand's played his last game in a blue shirt. Having signed from Gillingham at the ripe age of 15, Bertrand spent the next 5 seasons out on loan and it's a shame that it looks like he'll never truly fit into the Chelsea team.
Victor Moses- An apparent luxury signing in the summer of 2012 from Wigan into an attacking midfield that already consisted of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin (more on him later) and Kevin DeBruyne. He had his moments in his first season with an iconic goal against Shakhtar Donetsk but he always seemed as though he wasn't up to the impeccable standards set by the deadly trio of Mata, Oscar and Hazard and found his chances in the first team limited. Having spent a less-than stellar season on loan at Liverpool with even less chances Moses probably hasn't developed in the way that he or the club would have liked him to. While it is clear that he has potential to be a good player, Victor Moses is the kind of ambitious player who won't be happy to be a back-up and at the age of 23 his best chances at a somewhat prolific career are probably away from Chelsea. Personally I think that he'll be particularly suited to a high-mid table club like an Everton or even (gulp) Sp*rs that are aspiring to break into the top 4.
Marko Marin- The German Messi, they said. A skilful and quick dribbler, they said. An injury prone liability they didn't say. Like Moses, Marin was signed into a midfield that was already packed with quality attacking options. It probably didn't help his chances that the transfer was agreed before Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. Marin was the King of the pre-season friendly as he looked a superb signing in Chelsea's tour of the USA and similarly in this season's testimonial for Rio Ferdinand. Good for him he looks to have become a cult favourite in Spain (with the fans trying to find him a wife) even though he has been mostly sidelined with injury and unspectacular when on the pitch. There's no doubting that again, like Moses, Marin has the potential to be a good player but, considering how happy he seems in Spain, I wouldn't be too sad to see the move to Sevilla a permanent one.
Oriel Romeu- The signing of the young Catalan in they heyday of AVB was a curious one. Signing as a 19 year old from the Barcelona B team for a paltry €5million in 2011, the player looked like one we didn't really need with Mikel, Essien, Ramires, Benayoun, Raul Meireles and the newly positioned Frank Lampard all making up the 'holding' aspect of the manager's favoured 4-3-3 formation. Surprisingly the player did get quite a lot of game time with injuries to everyone's favourite Ghanaian and Villas-Boas' obvious dislike of the club vice-captain, notching a few appearances in between the managerial reigns of AVB and Di Matteo. The following season was to be his, with RDM even stating as much due to the departures of the Portuguese Raul Meireles, Benayoun and with Essien linking up with "daddy" Mourinho on loan at Real Madrid. In December 2012 Romeu was sidelined with a knee injury that would see him miss the rest of the Europa League winning season. This past season saw the Spaniard, now 21, have a mostly unsuccessful loan spell with Valencia notching 13 appearances. A bad knee injury is potentially enough to ruin the career of a promising young player destined for greatness and this, unfortunately, looks like it might be the case with Romeu. While I myself am not so willing to say that Romeu's career with Chelsea is fully over, it looks like the club have made a decision with the signing of the far superior Nemaja Matic and constant talks of a potential holding midfield partner for the serb. Perhaps Mourinho will take a look this summer to see whether that partner could be Romeu as it would save the club a considerable sum. There was much talk a couple of years ago about a buyback clause for Barcelona of €10-15million but if he was to leave the club it would be very unlikely that the West London club would see anywhere near this fee. Of the players on this list he's probably the one I see with the highest chance of staying at Chelsea.
Gaël Kakuta- The Frenchman that split the gates of Hell open when he signed from RC Lens as an 18 year old in 2009. Kakuta's signing saw the club at the centre of a fresh tapping-up scandal with a fine and a two year transfer ban that was later lifted. This of course meant that the player was subject to an enormous amount of hype that he would never be able to live up to. He showed initial signs of promise, quickly outgrowing the youth team and making waves with fleeting appearances in the first team. In 2010 Kakuta had a widely criticised loan move to Fulham and the following season saw the club try to emulate the success of Daniel Sturridge by shifting him over to Bolton to vastly different results. In the time since Kakuta has been on loan to Dijon, Vitesse and most recently Lazio where he has made 1 appearance all season. Kakuta is the classic example of a young player who believed their own hype and felt that a few flicks and tricks would make him into the next Ronaldinho. A player who's athleticism didn't grow at the same rate as his ego, Kakuta is a player whose legacy at Chelsea Football Club will be solely down to the whirlwind of controversy he brought with him.
The loan system that Chelsea has employed over the past few years has seen varying degrees of success but I trust that Michael Emenalo is good enough at his job to make the right decisions for the club in regards to a lot of the ins and outs. What are your thoughts?