The Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are divided on what they think about Chelsea’s ever-growing loan army.
It is easy to misjudge Chelsea’s use of the loan system regarding their young players. Some fans here in the Tavern have called it exploitative – whilst others have described it as an essential method of youth development.
The outstanding criticism of the system is that thus far – it has yielded very few results. Only one player, Thibaut Courtois, has successfully made it through the long-term loan system; whilst tens of others have faded into obscurity.
One player knows the system better than most, and for the first time – he has revealed all on what life is like as a member of Chelsea’s loan army.
Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea in 2011, though he was unable to play for the club until he obtained a work visa in January of the following year.
He joined as criticism of Chelsea’s loan system was just starting to heat up here in the Football Transfer Tavern, as the club fought off a host of other clubs to secure his signature.
Since his arrival he has spent time on loan at five clubs, including current side Fulham – with varying degrees of success.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Piazon has revealed that he is sick of constantly being loaned out by his parent club: “I’m tired of moving abroad. One, two, three loans, maybe that’s enough. It’s time for me to stay somewhere more than one year.”
Going into more depth about his frustration, he added: ‘It makes no sense to go on loan all the time…It is not good for any player in my experience — or the experience of the other boys. I don’t see it as a positive thing any more’
It wasn’t all doom and gloom from the Brazilian however, instead suggesting that loans can be beneficial. He stated that: ‘I had a great time at Vitesse Arnhem and that helped’.
Despite all of this, however, his love for Chelsea and his dream to play for the club has not diminished, explaining that: ‘I still want to make it at Chelsea, of course. I came to Europe to play for Chelsea’.
Some really interesting comments in here, some of which have really changed the perspective of some of the fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Our landlord found his comment about still wanting to play for Chelsea particularly interesting. He thinks that the club must be doing something right to still maintain the interests of those in the loan system – despite many clearly having no future at the club.
The jury is, of course, still out on how Chelsea’s approach of the loan system will play out. What these suggestions from Piazon show, however, is that players will eventually grow tired of consistent change every single year.
However, you also have to look at it from the perspective of Chelsea. As the table below, provided by whoscored.com, suggests – Piazon hasn’t really improved over the last few years at each of his loans. How can Antonio Conte give him a chance if Piazon hasn’t proved that he is good enough whilst on loan? Isn’t that the whole point of the loan system?
The Vitesse Arnhem loan was definitely a highlight, but other than that – Piazon has been generally disappointing.
Our bar staff definitely think that there is a happy medium to be found between players going on loan and developing experience, and players remaining with the Blues and getting a chance in the first team.
Chelsea fans – we want to hear from you. Are Chelsea doing things the wrong way? Is there a future at Chelsea for Piazon? Fans of other clubs – What are your thoughts on Chelsea’s youth system? Is it exploitative?
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