In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
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Here are three players on loan from Chelsea looking to impress away from Stamford Bridge.
Although Alvaro Morata has sealed a permanent move to Atletico Madrid upon the completion of his 18-month loan spell, the Spaniard is nevertheless striving to make the impact in La Liga that he was unable to forge in the Premier League.
Having been in and out of the team since his comeback to the Spanish capital, Morata grabbed his second goal for his former city rivals in their recent Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen after coming on as a second-half substitute.
That may once again put him in Diego Simeone’s plans for a starting role which has been diminished thanks to a knee injury last month – but looks to be back in form.
On the face of it, Tiemoue Bakayoko continues to deliver solidly for Monaco in Ligue 1, clocking another 90 minutes for the French outfit as they dramatically downed Rennes 3-2 on Sunday night thanks to a late Wissam Ben Yedder goal.
Bakayoko kept up his run of performing every minute for the club since making the squad back in September, helping the side to recover from a poor start to the French league season to currently sit 14th in the Ligue 1 standings with three wins from their last four.
It looks like Bakayoko remains a key component of the side given his maximum intake of match time following the 25-year-old’s loan move in the summer.
Kenedy is still searching for his first league start for Getafe in La Liga, though he may have done his chances the world of good by grabbing an assist in a win over struggling Leganes at the weekend.
The Brazilian is yet to be afforded more than 45 minutes in a league match so far, but has continued to start in Getafe’s Europa League campaign – so he may be eyeing another chance to impress from the start when they take on FC Basel in midweek.
Having grabbed three assists in the minutes he has been able to claim for the Spanish side, perhaps it is only a matter of time before he is given the chance to produce on a more regular basis.
While Morata may not be able to gain from impressing onlookers from Stamford Bridge with his permanent switch to Atletico Madrid all but sealed, he may be able to make the Blues regret his impending sale if he continues to perform for Simeone’s side.
Bakayoko seems to be finding a consistency at a place he knows well in Monaco, while Kenedy certainly looks to be enjoying himself more at Getafe than he may have done at Newcastle United having equalled his assist tally for the Magpies within seven appearances this season.
But in summary, it seems that there could yet be more talent arriving at Chelsea from loan spells in the summer based on the continuing progress of their current loanees.
Chelsea fans, how impressed are you by the fortunes of these loanees? Could Bakayoko find a future place in the Blues midfield? Let us know in the comments below!
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