One-time champions Blackburn Rovers earned automatic promotion back to the Championship this season by finishing second to Wigan Athletic in League One. It’s a welcome respite for Rovers in what has been a steady fall from grace over the past decade or so, but especially since being acquired by Venky’s in 2010. They had become the first former Premier League champions to fall into the third tier last season, for example, and now they will have to try to ensure they don’t fall straight back next season.
According to the Mirror, one way they’re going to try to ensure that is by bringing in a couple Chelsea players on loan for Tony Mowbray to worth with, namely Michael Hector and Trevoh Chalobah.
Hector is certainly a solid target for any team involved in second tier football. The 25-year-old defender/midfielder was ever present for Hull City this season as they staved off relegation, while he also played regularly for Reading a few years prior and had a taste of Bundesliga football with Frankfurt. Hector’s possibly also going a world record for most teams played for on loan — Hull City was loan number 14 between his time at Reading and Chelsea combined — since most teams won’t be able or willing to match his Chelsea wages at this point and he has two more years left on his contract.
Trevoh Chalobah can also play in both defence and midfield, but otherwise is a very different story. He won’t turn 19 for almost another month and his ceiling is nowhere near found yet. It could in fact go very very high. After a stellar year for the Chelsea youth teams, he ended the season watching from the bench during the FA Cup final and was one of the select youngsters (alongside Mason Mount and others) invited to train with England ahead of the World Cup. Like his older brother Nathaniel, Trevoh looks set for greatness. The question now becomes how do we ensure he not only hits those heights, but does so for Chelsea. A loan or two is certainly on the cards; Blackburn sounds as reasonable an option as any at this point.