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Chelsea FC Continental Loan Roundup: October 3, 2013

A look at what the Blues youngsters (and Marko) are doing on loan around Europe this season

Stanley Chou

We looked at the Chelsea youngsters on loan in England yesterday, and today we'll take a peek at the rest of the loanees around Europe. Here's what they've been doing:

  • Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) - Courtois has had a pretty good week, first keeping a clean sheet as Atletico defeated Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, then playing well again as Atletico went to Porto and won. It's awfully nice knowing we have both Courtois and Petr Cech.


  • Marko Marin (Sevilla) - After going on a tear to start the season at Sevilla, Marko has found his way to the substitutes bench for the past few fixtures. He made cameo appearances in both the weekend fixture and today's Europa League tie, but still offers next to nothing when Sevilla aren't in possession.
  • Oriol Romeu (Valencia) - Romeu has found it difficult to break into the Valencia starting lineup, featuring regularly on their bench. He did make a 15 minute cameo this afternoon as his side looked to hold onto a 1-0 lead. They ended up winning 2-0, and Romeu looked pretty good.
  • Matej Delac (FK Vojvodina) - Delac is finally someone's first choice keeper, and has kept a pair of clean sheets in addition to being unbeaten in his first eight starts. All in all, it's been a very impressive loan spell for a player that was greatly in need of one.
  • Lucas Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem) - Piazon is another that has been very impressive of late, and has scored a trio of goals as well as assisting another in the past week and a half. He's easily been Vitesse's best player this season, and is certainly getting better as he becomes more comfortable with his teammates.

  • Ulises Davila (Cordoba) - Davila has yet to make a league start for Cordoba, and hasn't yet found the back of the net in any competition. He has been making regular substitute appearances though.
  • Cristian Cuevas (Vitesse Arnhem) - Cuevas has yet to make his Vitesse debut, though he's been an unused substitute for the club in a pair of games this season. Missing out on the Europa League likely hurt his chances of seeing any sort of regular minutes early on, largely due to the Blues loaning Vitesse plenty of other options on the left.
  • Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem) - Atsu finally got his Dutch work permit a week ago, and has been on the substitutes bench for the past two matches. I'd expect to see a debut from the Ghanaian soon, quite possibly this coming weekend.
  • Sam Hutchinson (Vitesse Arnhem) - Hutchinson is also yet to debut for the Dutch side, he's been training and playing with the reserves as he adapts to life in the Netherlands. I haven't heard anything on this yet, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if there were some injury issues there.
  • Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem) - PvA has picked up this season right where he finished the last one. He's been the easy choice at left back, and his generally excellent play continues to keep Cristian Cuevas out of the lineup.
  • Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem) - Kakuta has had some injury issues to start the 2013/14 season, but has made substitute appearances in each of the last three fixtures. He looked very good in both of the last two (I didn't see the first one), and will likely be returning to the starting lineup as soon as he's fit enough to do so.
  • Stipe Perica (NAC Breda) - Perica returned to the bench this past weekend after getting his first start in a cup tie midweek (he managed an assist in that contest). The club have not been scoring many goals, so a few more good appearances could see him earn a lot more minutes.
  • Wallace (Inter Milan) - Wallace didn't make any appearances over the past week and a half, watching all of Inter's games from the substitutes bench. It came out in the media this week that Chelsea actually wanted to send him to Vitesse for the season, but the player and his agent were far more impressed with the Serie A side. Hopefully he gets some time on the pitch soon, because at the moment it's looking like he made a very poor decision.
  • Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem) - Hazard has been fighting it out with Patrick Bamford thus far as Chelsea most impressive youngster on loan outside of the Premier League or La Liga, and continued his ridiculous form over the weekend with a brace. That put him at eight goals and eight assists through his first fifteen games, although he was not capable of adding to that total earlier this afternoon in Russia.

  • Jhon Pirez (CD Leganes) - Pirez has had a bit more success this season than last, and has been a semi-regular starter for Leganes. He's been on the bench for the last two contests though, coming off the bench for a 10 minute cameo in last weekend's 3-1 victory.

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