Michael Emanelo, upon his resignation, said that he was proud of Chelsea’s loan system and went on to add that Andreas Christensen was proof that the system worked wonders. While Christensen’s development testifies Emanelo’s comment, his statement is far from complete.
Chelsea have produced excellent youth products over the last few years. These kids have won every major trophy at the youth level. They have then been loaned out for further development. After that, things have gone horribly wrong. Christensen is probably only the second player after John Terry to rise through the club ranks and the only one in Emanelo’s ten-year tenure at the club.
Chelsea have lost fine young talents in the process, many the Blues have gone on to rue. It now seems that Chelsea could be on their way to regret the loaning out of another player.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been in fine form this season. The attacking midfielder was sidelined in September by injury. However, since his return, he has figured in nine of Palace’s 13 Premier League games this season. He has also made an impressive debut for the England national team and went on to grab his chance by securing the man of the match award against Germany.
Roy Hodgson has recently alerted the media to the added clause in Loftus-Cheek’s loan contract that Chelsea holds the power to call him back based on certain ifs and buts. He told reporters, “I have a feeling that they have the right to call him back if he is not…