Chelsea's 2011/12 Young Player of the Year has hit a slight road bump in his development at the tail end of last season. Having impressed in the FA Youth Cup, then the NextGen Series, and in the new U21 Premier League this season, Piazon even started to play a bit part at the senior level, too. However, opportunities were limited despite the deluge of games on Chelsea's calendar, and it was decided that a loan to La Liga's Malaga would be the best for all parties involved.
In theory, the move sounded fantastic as the 19-year-old Brazilian would even get Champions League experience. Unfortunately, reality was not nearly as fantastic and Piazon was mostly limited to coming off the bench, making just four starts in 14 appearances.
As we've talked many times around these parts, the most important factor in the development of young players is playing time. Practice is good too, but there's no substitute for actual in-game experience. With that in mind and despite Mourinho's stated aim to give youth a chance, it would not be surprising to see Lucas go out on loan once more. While he claimed to enjoy his time in Malaga, a Premier League destination may be a more advantageous loan option as far as Chelsea are concerned. Fortunately, Piazon is open to that as well:
"It's hard to say how often I will play or if I will play at all,"
"We have to wait and see if any Premier League clubs will be interested in me."
-Source: ESPN Brazil via Sky Sports
Fear not though, he still desires to ultimately play for Chelsea. He knows it will be hard and it may take a loan or two, but it is his will:
"Para minha carreira seria ótimo jogar no Chelsea, eu sei que é difícil, mas é minha vontade. Se não der agora, é logico que preciso ser emprestado para estar jogando e ganhando maior experiência."
For my career would be great to play for Chelsea, I know it's hard, but it is my will. Now if it does not, it is logical that must be borrowed to be playing and gaining more experience.
-Source: ESPN Brazil via Google Translate
A season-long loan with plenty of match action at a top flight club is just what the doctor ordered for Piazon, methinks; hopefully a year from now he would be ready to make an impact at Chelsea as well.