An army of Chelsea loanees stretch far and wide across the continent, yet very few ever make their way back home to Stamford Bridge.
With around 30 players out on loan (Chelsea FC Official), clubs from all over Europe have been benefitting from the Blues additional luggage.
From Sheffield to Spartak, the Netherlands to Napoli, Serbia to Swansea, Chelsea’s seed has been spread across the land, with certain individuals sprouting well in their new settings.
From a distance, Tiemoue Bakayoko has been something of a revelation at Napoli, having been something of a mini-disaster whilst at Chelsea. He never managed to settle after his £40m (BBC Sport) from Monaco, finding refuge in Serie A with AC Milan and now in Naples.
A regular starter under Gennaro Gattuso, Bakayoko has revived the form that made him such a promising proposition. With 18 appearances this season, after zero for Chelsea since 2018, his brother/ agent suggested that a permanent move to Napoli would be ideal.
“He is on loan until the end of the season and he hasn’t talked to the club yet, but staying at Napoli would be a nice opportunity, we’ll see,” said Abdoulaye Bakayoko (via Football Italia).
Another performing away from English shores is Ike Ugbo, the 22-year-old on loan at Cercle Brugge having ascended through the Chelsea academy, winning the FA Youth Cup with Jodi Morris.
Ugbo has featured in all 17 league games for Paul Clement, once assistant to Carlo Ancelotti with the Blues, scoring 10 goals in the process. The Sun suggested that Chelsea would face a struggle to keep hold of their talented striker, with the club already having to reject a bid from FC Rostov.
Returning to Britain and across the English border is Marc Guehi, flying high with Swansea City, who sit third in the Championship. Last November, the Chelsea Chronicle purred over his performances in Wales, having been there since last January.
Guehi has continued his upward trajectory under Steve Cooper, ensuring 11 clean sheets in his 20 starts this campaign. With Frank Lampard still juggling his centre-back options, the young defender could well break back into the Chelsea set-up before long.