It's been a while since we looked in on the youngsters out on loan, but with the international break upon us it seems a good time to do so. It's now been just over two months for most of these players, so most of them have had the opportunity to establish their roles in their temporary clubs at this point.
- Tomas Kalas - Kalas has arguably been the most impressive of the players Chelsea has sent out on loan to date. When Kalas joined Vitesse there was speculation that he would be fighting for minutes and splitting time between the center of the defense and the right flank as he attempted to establish his role. That role didn't end up taking very long to establish, as Kalas has probably been the best player on the Vitesse roster as they continue to climb towards the top of the table. He's now started all 7 Eredivisie games and both Dutch Cup games in which Vitesse has participated in, a string of games in which Vitesse has allowed only 4 goals (1 of which was a penalty). There's little reason to think that anything but injury will stop Kalas from playing regularly, after his addition has been the catalyst to so dramatically improved a squad that allowed an astonishing 61 goals in the Eredivisie last season. I think stating that Kalas has seen his stock rise this season would be somewhat of an understatement.
- Ulises Davila - Kalas's teammate at Vitesse, Davila has seen much more limited playing time. After starting several matches in early October, Davila has been relegated to the Vitesse bench. He has been playing regularly for the Vitesse reserve team though, and has lately been finding the back of the net (scoring again last week). Davila has been bounced all around the attacking third of the pitch, hopefully with his solid recent play at the reserve level he'll get inserted into a 1st team game again soon.
That's it for now, but we'll make sure to give you another update once the international break concludes. Hopefully Davila, Delac, PvA, and Kakuta find the pitch again before that one.