Jordan Houghton and Jamal Blackman may be playing for League Two clubs, but their loans have been some of the most successful so far this season — the two of them have played more minutes than any other Chelsea loanee so far this season — and thus, entirely unsurprisingly, both have extended their loans to the end of the season.
Houghton, the former Chelsea U21 captain, has been ever-present in Doncaster Rovers' midfield and now wants to complete the job and help the team to a promotion. They current sit third, just two points behind league leaders Plymouth Argyle.
"I've enjoyed every moment since I've been here, I've moved up and am settled up here. It helps that I'm playing every week, and hopefully that can continue for the rest of the season."
"There were three clubs interested in League One, but I never had my head turned because I want to finish off the good start to the season we have. I want to get that promotion and hopefully win the title."
"It was the right decision for me, and all the parties I think. Chelsea were happy for me to stay because I'm playing. And I'm happy because I'm enjoying it, and hopefully Doncaster are enjoying it as I'm part of a winning side."
"I like to set high standards in every game I play, I want to be consistent. That's something I hope to carry on for the rest of my career. There are little things I want to improve, and the manager is helping me to do that. I'll go back to Chelsea as a better player."
-Jordan Houghton; source: Doncaster Rovers FC
Blackman's Wycombe Wanderers are eight points further behind, in sixth, but have not lost a league match in over two months, with the 23-year-old Champions League-winning third goalkeeper keeping six clean sheets in the seven wins and two draws during that span. He has 11 clean sheets total in 25 appearances, one of the highest totals in the top four divisions.
"Jamal has been first class for us and he has real quality which is well above League Two level. He's made some saves which are out of this world to help us pick up some valuable points."
-Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe manager; source: BBC
Blackman has 2.5 years left on his Chelsea contract. Houghton's was due to expire at the end of the season, but as confirmed by the Chelsea website, he extended that by another year. This is fairly standard practice and helps ensure a good future for the prospect, both in terms of placement and wages.