Yesterday we had some news that several clubs were looking at taking Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan after his sensational start to the season. Today brings us news that a somewhat less successful loanee is also catching the eye of a Championship side, with The Mirror reporting that Leeds United have interest in taking Nathaniel Chalobah on loan.
There's little debate that Chalobah's current loan spell has been an utter disaster. After struggling with fitness early on, the midfielder has never found a regular spot in the Forest starting eleven. He was easily one of the best players in the Championship last season though, and that certainly will be something that most clubs won't soon forget.
From a potential destination standpoint, Leeds makes quite a bit of sense. Their midfield is atrocious, and they've probably got the money required to cover Chalobah's wages. They're also just outside the promotion playoff places at the moment, and should be playing meaningful games all spring.
The history of the club makes the destination a bit more difficult for Chelsea fans to stomach though, and I'm sure very few Blues fans actually want to see Leeds return to the top flight. Between the continuing presence of Ken Bates at the club and the general history of the rivalry, I think this matchup may go over about as well as the hiring of Rafa Benitez did.
I suppose if it came right down to either Leeds or remaining at Forest, I'd happily settle for a move. That said, here's hoping someone else becomes a viable suitor, as I'm sure the idea of one of our best youngsters helping Leeds get promoted is enough to make many Chelsea fans' stomachs turn.