We have all seen lately that Chelsea’s academy graduates, particularly players that have been away from the club on loans can come back to contribute in a great manner.
Two great examples of this are definitely Mason Mount, who is one of the best young talents in the league and Reece James who has cemented himself as one of the best in his position in the league.
This is all part of Chelsea’s youth masterplan which has now recently started paying dividends with so many youngster breaking through and some already having broken through to the first team.
So, lets take a look at three Chelsea youngsters out on loan who have have a great chance of contributing to the first team under Thomas Tuchel next season!
Armando Broja (on loan to Southampton)
The Albian had a slow start to life at the Saint Mary’s stadium with Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl preferring two of his other strikers up front but he has since changed the manager’s mind.
The striker has been a consistent feature in the Southampton forward line and has scored important goals for them in the Premier League.
This includes one of his finest goals this season, against Brighton Broja demonstrated how dreadful he can be 1v1 with a keeper to beat. With an amazing pullback and outside boot finish, he stunned everyone on the pitch.
No player aged 20 or under has scored more Premier League goals this season than Armando Broja…
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— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) February 9, 2022
He has scored 7 goals this season, with 6 of them coming in the Premier League in 20 appearances. While that may not look too great, he has been tormenting almost every defense he’s been up against.
In the aftermath of his performance against Man United where he didn’t score but was busy making United’s backline work overtime, his performances got noticed.
Chelsea still see Armando Broja as part of their future.
Any interested party may find Thomas Tuchel is an unwilling seller this summer.
— Chelsea Loan Army (@CFCLoanArmy_) February 16, 2022
Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal seem to be monitoring the player, and while it’s unlikely he’ll end up there, there are two big suitors in Bayern and BVB who are also interested.
Looking at Lukaku this season bein unable to fit in to Chelsea’s current setup and struggling, it may be in the Blues’ best interest to not splash in the summer for a backup but just stick with the Albanian.
The Cobham graduate hasn’t had the best of loans at Norwich this season, especially under previous manager Daniel Farke who put absolutely no faith in the young midfielder.
However, since Farke’s sacking and Dean Smith taking over and acknowledging Gilmour’s talents, the player has found a manager who believes in his abilities.
Billy Gilmour completed more passes (30/36), created more chances (3), completed more crosses (3/5), completed more dribbles (2/2) & made more ball recoveries (7) than any other Norwich player against Man City.
— Chelsea Loan Army (@CFCLoanArmy_) February 12, 2022
Smith showed he believes in him and said this “Everybody within the dressing-room knows the value of Billy, but people have to remember he’s 20 years old. He will keep working hard to get better.”
While this loan may have not worked as many would’ve liked, he has some other advantages that work in his favor.
The English midfielder has previously played under manager Thomas Tuchel, who acknowledges his quality but decided in sending him on loan so he picked up more game-time elsewhere due to Chelsea’s stacked midfield.
Gallagher has been nothing short of a revelation in the Premier League this season. From Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira to Thomas Tuchel, everyone seems to be singing his praises.
Ever since the 22 year old joined Crystal Palace on loan in the previous summer, he has seen his stocks in the Premier League skyrocket.
With a brace against Everton which included a goal of the season contender, he has been everywhere on the pitch for the Eagles.
“His strengths are running behind and stretching opposition teams,” said Patrick Vieira when talking about the young midfielder’s strengths on the pitch.
Conor Gallagher on his favourite player growing up:
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— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) February 16, 2022
A box to box midfielder who does everything from being a threat in the box to stealing balls from opponents in the center of the pitch, Gallagher has all the tools in his locker.
The biggest evidence of his class is the fact he has already earned himself an England call-up, hopefully the first of many.
Conor Gallagher will return from his loan spell at Crystal Palace to compete for his place at @ChelseaFC next season.
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) February 14, 2022
Besides Vieira, Thomas Tuchel has also taken notices of his performances and has repeatedly said he ‘loves’ Conor Gallagher. We feel the same Thomas, we feel the same.
Predicted XI: Chelsea’s possible lineup against Brentford
Chelsea are back in Premier League action today, following the two-week international break. The Blues are readying to host Brentford – who are among the seven teams scrapping to stay in the League – at Stamford Bridge. Here, we will take a look at Chelsea’s possible lineup against Brentford.
Chelsea are staring down the barrel of tough fixtures this month. With Champions League quarter-final fixture against Real Madrid coming up just 3 days following today’s clash, Thomas Tuchel is presented with a tough test of picking the team for Brentford.
Tuchel will undoubtedly consider Wednesday’s meeting with Real Madrid while navigating the selection headache, suggesting that the key players will likely be rested. Despite that, Tuchel has great cause for optimism as the season draws to its close considering the amount of good options available in the sqaud.
Thomas Tuchel is no stranger to a selection curveball in big games considering Chelsea’s injury and COVID-19 disruptions this season, which inevitably caused them to fall behind in the title race but luckily, the only fitness concern he currently has to contend with is Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s long-term injuries.
Besides the two guaranteed absentees, Christian Pulisic will also miss today’s game as confirmed by Thomas Tuchel in his pre-match conference. Tuchel admitted Pulisic didn’t train with the squad after returning from international duty with the USMNT.
“For Christian, we have to decide. He didn’t train today. We gave him a recovery session,” Tuchel said.
“He was here but very tired with the jet lag and time difference. So we have to figure out of it makes sense to play him tomorrow and for how many minutes.”
Reece James will be in contention to play today’s fixture after returning to fitness following another hamstring injury. James was involved in full training ahead of today’s fixture, however, his selection is still uncertain as it’s likely Tuchel wouldn’t want to rush him back to action too soon and could instead preserve him for next week’s Real Madrid clash.
Thiago Silva is also expected to feature in today’s clash despite traveling with Brazil. Thomas Tuchel was confident about his availability. The blues boss said;
“Thiago is a bit different to Christian, I have to say. Thiago did not play the third match with Brazil, came back one day earlier and had not the same jet lag as Christian.
“Thiago was here yesterday and trained today, feels very good so he is available tomorrow”.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; Christensen/Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James/Kovačić, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Werner.
The official team news will be posted an hour before the kick-off time.
Updates from Cobham: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James return to training ahead of Brentford clash
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have been on and off from training due to injury challenges but were spotted at Cobham yesterday to prepare for Brentford
According to Chelsea’s official website, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James were seen training alongside other teammates, readying themselves for a potential feature in the upcoming Brentford fixture.
Injury crisis is a leading concern in physical sports. When it comes to football, injuries can greatly impact team performance as it can leave even key players sidelined for days, consequently damaging the team’s chances of success.
Just like any other team, Chelsea also fell victim to injury troubles, due to which, they endured an alarming slump – Plaguing the entire squad and adding misery to the club’s title hopes this season. Thomas Tuchel has been dealing with continuous injury and COVID-19 disruptions since the start of December.
That is when Reece James was condemned to an unfortunate injury that saw him withdrawn from the squad for quite a while. Since Tuchel’s system is largely dependent on the strategic use of his wing-backs, having to compromise on James and Chilwell’s crucial skills saw Chelsea drop from first to third in the Premier League.
The defender recently returned to first-team after recovering from a long spell of hamstring injury, however, he was reinjured following the Burnley clash during the starting week of March and has been absent from training since.
Upon examination, it was declared that James had sustained yet another hamstring injury, but fortunately, it wasn’t a repeat to the same leg and wasn’t as bad either. But, the player was advised to rest for 2 weeks initially, which was later extended to three.
Reece James was also called to represent England internationally during the break, however, Chelsea’s medical team didn’t see him fit and advised against his selection.
Callum Hudson-Odoi on the other hand, has been out of training, on and off, due to an Achilles injury. CHO hasn’t played since the win at Luton Town on 2nd March.
However, both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have now returned to fitness and will be in contention to start against Brentford this Saturday.
Additionally, Hakim Ziyech, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Malang Sarr, Romelu Lukaku and Ruben Loftus Cheek were also snapped training for the upcoming fixtures.
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 30, 2022
Jorginho, who was representing Italy in the World Cup qualifiers, was also among those training at Cobham as he was sent back early after Italy’s defeat.
Chelsea have key fixtures coming up in the month of April including Premier League, Champions League as well as FA Cup games. It’s going to be a tough challenge for the club to navigate considering the fixture congestion, hence, having all players fit to start will be a boost for Thomas Tuchel.
Team news ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League encounter with Lille on Wednesday
Thomas Tuchel provided team news in today’s press-conference ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming Champions League fixture
Thomas Tuchel revealed some team news in today’s live press-conference ahead of Chelsea’s next Champions League encounter. Kai Havertz also talked to the media.
Chelsea are set to prepare for a trip to Northern France tomorrow, where they will face Lille in Champions League round of 16, second leg. The blues have a 2-goal aggregate advantage over Lille from the first leg, and will look to claw their way to the Champions League summit, in the obvious hopes of retaining their European crown.
Kai Havertz, who has been in glittering form for Chelsea recently, was one of the players to register himself on the scoresheet through a header, early on into the first leg clash against Lille. Following him, was Christian Pulisic, who also recorded a beautiful finish for Chelsea, assisted by N’Golo Kante, finally sealing the game.
The Blues now look forward to booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by producing yet another top performance to finish the job against their counterparts.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are expected to start as confirmed by Thomas Tuchel in today’s press conference.
Azpilicueta was called off against Norwich after the defender complained of stomach issues. He sat out the Newcastle United game as well, but is reportedly fit now to feature in the upcoming match.
Marcos Alonso, who was out on account of covid-19, was also seen back on the bench for Chelsea against Newcastle United on Sunday. Him, along with Azpilicueta, will be featuring a start in the Champions League fixture on Wednesday as well.
Reece James and Callum Hudson Odoi, however, are huge doubts. Reece James was recently reinjured, owing to a hamstring injury, while Hudson Odoi had been battling a reported Achilles injury. Hence, their availability remains uncertain as of now.
“I think Marcos is ready to start, Azpi is ready to start. We will try to have Reece and Callum later in training but will be a very tight race. We will take this decision after the training session. They were not involved. Let’s see if it is worth the risk, it will be very tight with these two.” – Chelsea Boss, Thomas Tuchel in today’s press-conference
Acknowledging Lille’s recent recapturing of form in domestic matches, Thomas Tuchel said;
“To be honest, I think they played well at Stamford Bridge. They were very physical, attacked high up the pitch. It was impressive. They had a good pressing game, were very brave, and had the mentality they had nothing to lose”,
“They will play an attacking 4-4-2 that is aggressive, fluid and direct. We’ll have to be ready for that. But we are also confident in ourselves. It’s half time right now. No match is decided by a 2-0 scoreline. The second half is tomorrow and we’ll have to produce another top performance. I think Lille played on Friday so they’ve had a good amount of time to recover. That is why we have to be ready physically and mentally for a tough game”.
Lille have a little advantage of 2 day’s rest over the Blues, as they have had congested Premier League fixtures. However, Tuchel’s side are known to thrive on chaos. They are no strangers to pressure and have navigated through even tougher challenges; especially the one currently prevailing them. Despite their off-pitch woes, their attention and focus ramain on winning matches as shown in their recent unbeaten run.