According to a recent report from The Times, Premier League clubs could be forced into reducing the amount of players they let go out on loan, which could spell problems for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. The Blues’ use of the loan system has been well-documented over the years given the amount of young talent they have shipped out on temporary spells away from Stamford Bridge, with this season no different given 39 Chelsea players are currently out on loan.
Yet reports suggest that the West Londoners will have to significantly reduce that number to comply with new FIFA rules, which should be of keen interest to Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay given one of those 39 players, Michael Hector, is playing his trade at Hillsborough – thus, the Owls must seek to strike a permanent agreement with Chelsea for the defender.
Ultimately, the Yorkshire giants were faced with a testing summer given they were placed under a transfer embargo for much of it, although it was lifted late on to give Luhukay some time to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2018/19 Championship season.
And the Dutchman did just that by luring Chelsea’s Hector to Hillsborough, what with the 26-year-old having failed to even appear once for the Blues since his move to Stamford Bridge from Reading back in 2015.
In fact, the Jamaica international has since then enjoyed loan spells at Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City, and indeed a return to the Royals for the 2015/16 season, yet Sheffield Wednesday appear to be the beneficiaries this term given Hector has made a solid start to life at the club.
The 26-year-old, who can also play in the centre of midfield, has started ten times for Luhukay’s men this season and has arguably been one of their better defenders, including helping the side to just their second clean sheet of the campaign in victory over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Thus, there is little doubting that Wednesday would benefit greatly from the permanent addition of Hector, and with the 26-year-old unlikely to command game time at Chelsea, alongside recent reports, it’s a move the Owls must seek to try and make.
After all, Hector is nowhere near the first team at Stamford Bridge having made no senior appearances for the Blues so far, and while the West Londoners may well be concerned about the future of some of their loan stars following recent reports, probably the likes of Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham, it’s unlikely that Hector will fall into that category.
As such, Luhukay’s men must do all they can to secure a permanent agreement with Chelsea for the defender.
Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea fans… what do you think? Let us know!