So what happens now for the young Chelsea players not sent out on loan?

Stanley Chou

The Blues still have options for the players that didn't get loaned out, although they are limited a bit

So none of Josh McEachran, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kenneth Omeruo, or Billy Clifford were sent out on loan today prior to the close of the transfer window. Does this mean that they are stuck at Chelsea for the season where they'll simply play with the U21 side without seeing valuable first team minutes? Fortunately it does not, as we can still send players to the lower divisions on youth and emergency loans. Here we have the deadlines from The Football League Regulations:

53.3.4 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulations 53.3.2 and 53.3.3, a Player cannot be registered on an Emergency Loan or Youth Loan:

(a) during the period of seven days after the end of a Transfer Window;

(b) in the first half of the Season, after 5pm on the fourth Thursday in November; and

(c) in the second half of the Season, after 5pm on the fourth Thursday in March unless in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 54.

The first deadline here is the applicable one for Chelsea, as the loan window re-opens for Chelsea to send players to the lower divisions just seven days from now. That's still several days prior to the next fixtures in the Championship, leaving plenty of time for the youngsters to meet up with a new club without missing any fixtures.

My guess is that all of Clifford, McEachran, and Chalobah are linked to moves at some point this week, and all three of those deals will be of the half season variety. I'd also expect to hear Omeruo linked to a Championship move after he recovers from his shoulder surgery, again remaining with the club until the January window.

Bertrand Traore will probably sign a professional deal before Chelsea's next competitive fixture as well, although I'd be a bit surprised to see him sent out on loan immediately as well. It's certainly possible though, so it will also be worth paying attention to.

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