CHELSEA SCOUTING REPORT: The local lads on-loan at home

Andrew Slevison takes a scouting check on five young Chelsea starlets making their way on-loan in the lower leagues.
lampard_bg

Andrew Slevison takes a scouting check on five young Chelsea starlets making their way on-loan in the lower leagues.

After covering 10 of Chelsea’s higher profile loanees, we're now turning to the next generation of players coming through at the Southwest London club.

The likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Gael Kakuta, Jeffrey Bruma and Tomas Kalas are all impressing overseas but what are the next crop of youngsters at Stamford Bridge doing?

tribalfootball.com runs the rule over those who are on loan at English clubs as our Chelsea loan scouting report continues.

Sam Hutchinson
Nottingham Forest

The 23-year old defender arrived at the City Ground in August but has been restricted by knee injuries since he joined on loan.

Hutchinson has appeared a total of five times for Forest, scoring on his home debut against Charlton Athletic on September 1, and has not played in a losing side but hasn’t been available for selection for almost five months.

The former England U19 actually called his retirement from the game in 2010 because of the recurring knee injury but the problem improved massively and he signed a new deal with the Blues in December 2011. His future at Stamford Bridge again hinges on how well he comes back from this latest setback.

Nathaniel Chalobah
Watford

The highly-rated 18-year old has made a great impression in the Championship with Watford this season.

Chalobah has made 21 appearances for the Hornets under Gianfranco Zola, 20 of which have been starts, and has done so well that both clubs decided to extend the initial six-month agreement to a season-long loan earlier this month.

The England U21 international has often been used as a central defender at youth level but has begun to step into a central midfield role where he has spent a lot of his time for Watford and he has shown with his maturity both on the ball and when tracking back to defence that he can become a regular at a mid-range Premier League club in the next 12 months.

After that, Chalobah will certainly be considered for first team Chelsea action as long as he continues to do what he has been doing whilst at Vicarage Road.

Todd Kane
Blackburn Rovers

19-year old Kane is continuing his development as a potential first team player with a second loan for the season, this time with Blackburn.

The right-back spent a month with Preston North End, making a total of five appearances, including three League One starts and two in the FA Cup.

Kane headed for Ewood Park on January 9 and has since played three times for Rovers and is planning to improve even further in Lancashire before coming back and forcing his way into the Chelsea line-up.

“I went to Chelsea at the age of seven and I have been there all my career. I have been told I have a chance by Chelsea if I work hard and keep level headed, which I’m sure I will,” he said recently.

“This is all part of the education. I went to Preston, it was a last minute deal, I went there, got some games and some experience. The aim was to come to the Championship and I have come here, it is a great opportunity for me.”

Billy Clifford
Colchester United

Midfielder Clifford joined the League One club on a one-month loan deal on January 11, making his U’s debut in the 2-1 loss to Scunthorpe United the next day.

The 20-year old has not been involved since but Colchester boss Joe Dunne is loving the fact he has some extra depth in his squad which he feels will get the club out of the relegation mire.

Clifford signed a four-year deal with the Blues in September 2011 so it is evident that the club hold high hopes for him as he looks to progress with more experience in England’s third tier.

Sam Walker
Colchester United

21-year old goalkeeper Walker joined Chelsea teammate Clifford in Essex on January 14 as back-up for U’s number one Mark Cousins.

Walker will be at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the remainder of the season following his six-month stint with Bristol City where he made a total of 14 appearances.

That spell at Bristol was not the former Millwall youths first loan away from Stamford Bridge as he has found himself playing for Barnet, Northampton Town and Yeovil Town since March 2011.

As most of these youngsters sent out by the Blues, Walker is a work in progress and will keep developing with temporary stays at lower league club as he looks to mature into a quality gloveman.

Have your say