Chelsea’s Loan Army is not quite the force it once used to be, but it’s still a burgeoning operation where players go to (hopefully) gain valuable development time, recovery time, or whatever else their career needs that may not be available to them at Stamford Bridge.
In Izzy Brown’s case, that’s a chance to “kickstart his career” once again after an injury-filled last few years, including a torn ACL in 2018. The 23-year-old was confirmed to have joined Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan today.
Surprisingly, there’s been no word about a contract extension at Chelsea, which means that his contract is still set to expire next summer.
Brown joined Chelsea from West Brom as a 16-year-old amid plenty of scrutiny in 2013, just after he became the second youngest player in Premier League history. He found plenty of success at youth levels for the club, as well as on most of his loans since, but he’s also had to deal with a fair few injuries.
Hopefully he can kick on at Wednesday, where he will be working manager Garry Monk and assistant coach Andy Hughes. Hughes was an assistant at Huddersfield, too, in 2017, when they achieved promotion to the Premier League, and Brown’s specifically looking forward to working with him again.
Good luck, Izzy!