Chelsea have undergone a sea-change approach in their transfer strategies. They have sold players for a higher price and used that money efficiently to make quality additions, yet making a profit out of it. Juan Mata, David Luiz, Kevin de Bruyne, Frank Lampard & Ashley Cole (huge wage bills off the list) are burning examples of that.
However, what remains constant is their use of handling youngsters at the club. Frankly, when was the last time, a promising talent from the academy cemented his position in the main team? One could easily form Chelsea loan XI and trust it would be a good enough team to challenge any mid table club in the Premier League.
As if fates are all sealed. They sign young players from across the world and immediately sends them on loan. The loan period goes on and on. Take for example the case of Gael Kakuta.
The highly promising winger joined Chelsea in 2009. In five years’ time, he has managed only six league appearances. He has been sent on loan to Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse and Lazio and there is no assurance that he will play someday for Chelsea. Rather, there is an every possibility that he will be sold elsewhere.
He is 23 – if this is not the time to blood young talents into the side, then when is. Sadly, he won’t play for Chelsea this season as well. According to reports in France, he is set to be loaned to Spanish side Elche for the coming season with an option to buy. However, Catalan newspaper Sport claim, Rayo Vallecano have asked Chelsea for signing him on a season-long loan. The conversations are going on in advanced level and Kakuta might be joining Rayo within the next few days.