Andrey Santos has returned to Chelsea from his disappointing loan spell at Nottingham Forest, where he only played a total of 97 minutes over a 6-month period.
The 19-year-old starlet was on the top of the world less than a year ago. He had just signed for Chelsea in January 2023 and then went on to win the 2023 South American U-20 Championship with Brazil, where he not only captained his national team but was also the joint top scorer in the tournament.
Unfortunately, life comes at you fast in football and so it did for young Santos. While he featured heavily in Chelsea’s preseason, his loan move went in the opposite direction. He was practically forgotten by a team who are in a relegation battle (5 points clear but having played one game more). Forest signing long-term target Ibrahim Sangaré almost immediately after Santos joined them was a bad sign from the very beginning.
Andrey Santos has been recalled from his loan at Nottingham Forest.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 3, 2024
So, what does this mean for Santos?
Well, he will certainly train with the first-team, but it is doubtful that he will actually play. Were he to suit up for the Blues, it would end his chances of moving on loan again as players are only allowed to play for two clubs per season.
As with other potential loanees, Chelsea will also have to consider the limited number of foreign loan slots. We are currently maxed out at seven, so right now Santos can only join another team in England. Crystal Palace have been rumored to hold interest.
Hopefully, we are able to find him a good fit this time.