Less than two weeks left in the summer transfer window and there are plenty of loans left to sort out for Chelsea still. The emphasis on getting these done in the summer is even greater this year than before as "emergency loans" (i.e. loans shorter than half-season) are no longer allowed thanks to new FIFA regulations.
Two of the higher profile loan warriors waiting for their assignments are Captain Matt
America Miazga and Brigadeiro Patrick "Bamfordinho" Bamford. Except neither have lived up to their hopeful, partially just-invented nicknames, with Miazga making only two appearances after arriving in January and Bamford enduring a season of zero goals and very few chances spread across two Premier League loan spells.
Bamfordinho could look to dial back the difficulty level this season as links with Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa continue. This has been going on for a while now, but apparently Bamford considers it a backup option if he can't scrape together a foreign loan to either Spain or France. That's according to the Birmingham Mail, who assure that RDM and assistant Steve Clarke are "big admirers" of the 22-year-old, but that Burnley are also knocking about.
Meanwhile, Captain Miazgamerica is being shopped around for teams looking at defensive saviors. We think he'd be a perfect fit at Hull, considering that the Tigers have fewer players than Chelsea have gathering dust in a Cobham basement, but according to the throwaway line at the end of this Guardian story, the 20-year-old center back "has been offered to Sunderland on season-long loan".
Why always Sunderland, you might ask? Well, in addition to potentially losing Lamine Kone, his first-choice center back partner Younes Kaboul also wants out of Sunderland. And that's a bit of a problem for David Moyes as he considers the pair his first-choice center backs. But surely that's only because he's yet to experience the brisk, white, starched clean sheets of the Djilobodji - Miazga dynamic duo.