5 Chelsea Loan Players That Should Be Given a Chance to Shine at Stamford Bridge Next Season

?Chelsea had 41 players out on loan in the 2018/19 season, and have been heavily criticised for not giving young players enough game time, compared to other clubs in the Premier League. 

?However, with a transfer ban this summer these five young players could have a chance to shine at Stamford Bridge next season. 

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham

Abraham excelled in the 2016/17 season at Bristol City, with 23 goals. However, he had a disappointing following season at Swansea in the Premier League. He seems to have found his best form again, with 25 goals this season at ?Aston Villa, helping them to win promotion back to the ?Premier League

Finishing with the second most goals in the ?Championship, he may have finally done enough to earn a chance at Chelsea. 

Chelsea have been looking for an heir to the striker’s position since Didier Drogba, and with a transfer ban looming, Gonzalo Higuain failing to produce, and Oliver Giroud never a long term option, Abraham now may get his chance to break the No. 9 curse at Chelsea. 

Mason Mount

Mason Mount

Mount has had a solid season at ?Derby, under the guidance of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, scoring 11 times in 44 appearances. 

It looks as though Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal will not be made permanent and with Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured, Chelsea are left with Ross Barkley as the only genuine attacking option in midfield. With Chelsea’s main creator, Eden Hazard, gone, ?Chelsea will need creativity from midfield more than ever before, and Mount can surely provide that.

Reece James

Reece James

The EFL Team of the Season nominee has enjoyed a fantastic season at Wigan, scoring three goals from full back. 

He may not be a starter next season, as Chelsea’s captain Cesar Azplicueta does not look like giving up his first team spot. However, Davide Zappacosta has had another poor season Chelsea perhaps need the depth at right back to make a push in all four competitions. 

With James being named Wigan’s Player of the Season, he is certainly a strong contender to challenge Azplicueta next season.

Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma

Zouma, by managing to prove himself at ?Everton last season, after failing at Stoke, Zouma might now finally get his chance to prove himself in the first team in 2019/20.

The defender has been recalled to the French national team, and has tonnes of Premier League experience, even collecting a winners medal during the 2016/17 season. Zouma might not be the most talented prospect out of Chelsea’s loanees, but he may be the one they need to stabilise the shaky defence.

Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori

Tomori is another defender on the list, and managed to win Derby’s Player of the Season last year. 

He may not get enough minutes at Chelsea to continue to develop, but as Antonio Rüdiger is still injured, he could have chance to prove himself in pre-season, and prove that he can challenge for a spot in the starting XI.


Nike Unveils New ‘Merlin’ Ball Exclusive to Premier League for 2019/20 Season

?Nike and the Premier League have marked the 20th anniversary of their partnership by unveiling the new ‘Merlin’ ball, that will be seen exclusively in the league next season. 

Nike have produced the match ball for the league since the 2000/01 season, and have come up with some smashing designs, but look to have topped themselves this time around, as their latest version is the first bespoke ball of its kind. 

In addition to the pleasing aesthetics, the ball comprises of just four fuse-welded panels, providing a bigger ‘sweet spot’ than ever before, something Nike promises will bring more goals to the Premier League. 

Goalkeepers being sold out by the unpredictable flight of the ball could become a thing of the past, as the ‘Aerowtrack’ grooves on the ball offer a more consistent flight, while new ‘Urban Grip’ technology means that the ball will be easier than ever to use, regardless of the conditions. 

“We wanted to design a ball that specifically illustrated the traits of Premier League football,” Kieran Ronan, GM of Global Equipment at Nike, said via the ?Premier League website. 

“A ball that felt hyper-technical and precise in nature but also inspired by this English culture of living and breathing Premier League football.

“The Premier League is often described as the most dynamic league in the world and we wanted to create a ball that reflects this.” 


Juan Mata Set to Sign New Manchester United Contract After Breakthrough in Negotiations

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata is poised to sign a new deal at the club, with sources claiming there is a ‘90%’ chance that an agreement will be reached.?

The Spaniard joined the Red Devils in January 2014, switching from rivals Chelsea for a sum of £37.5m. Despite his reputation in England and the steep fee paid for his services, Mata has struggled to hold down a starting spot in the United team for much of his Old Trafford career, regardless of the manager in the dugout.


The midfielder featured in just ten of the 21 ?Premier League games since new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of, though the Norwegian was believed to be keen on keeping the player in the north-west, with his contract expiring after the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Mata’s steep wage demands were holding back negotiations over a new deal as ?United refused to meet his desired salary given the ex-?Blues man’s status as a squad player. 

However, the ?Mirror claim that a compromise has been reached between the two parties, seeing the 31-year-old pen a new one-year contract with the Red Devils.

The club have already lost two members of the squad this summer as both Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera chose to up-sticks and settle elsewhere, while goalkeeper David De Gea and record signing Paul Pogba amongst a group of individuals rumoured to be heading for the exit door.


It is unclear whether Mata will be improving on his current pay packet of £140,000-a-week, though it is likely that there will be some added incentive for him to sign on for another season.

As the extension is just for 12 months, it is not unreasonable to believe United accepted his demands to ensure the side wasn’t left bare-boned by a wave of departures.


PSG President Provides Update on Kylian Mbappe’s Future Amid Real Madrid Links

?Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said he is ‘200% sure’ that Kylian Mbappe will remain at the club beyond the summer, despite growing speculation linking the 20-year-old with Real Madrid. 

Since moving to the Parisians from Monaco in 2017, for a fee believed to be around £100m, the 20-year-old has more than lived up to the billing, scoring 60 goals in 87 appearances and winning a World Cup with France in the process.

Such has been his growth in stature that it would surely take a stratospheric offer to pry him from their grasp, but two years on, there is some galactic interest in his signature, with ?Real Madrid reportedly seeing him as one of many targets for their squad overhaul – which has already seen them spend close to £200m on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy. 


The club’s president, however, has moved to put an end to the rumours that Mbappe could become one of them once and for all, saying via France Football (as quoted by ?Marca): “I’m 200 percent sure that he will be at PSG next season.”

?Mbappe will perhaps become even more central to PSG’s fortunes going forward, as Al-Khelaifi’s previous comments on the club’s ‘celebrity culture’ gave rise to speculation that Neymar could be moved on this summer. 

The president said on Sunday: “Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It must be completely different.

“They will have to do more, work more. They are not there to please themselves.

“And if they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao! I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore,” he concluded.


Leicester City Lead Race to Sign Youri Tielemans on Permanent Deal Following Successful Loan Spell

Leicester City have emerged as clear favourites for the permanent signature of Belgium and Monaco midfielder, Youri Tielemans. 

The 22-year-old spent the second half of the 2018/19 on loan at the King Power Stadium and cemented himself as a firm favourite among the Foxes fans after a number of stand out performances. 

Despite the youngster now attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, it is said that Leicester remain in pole position in the race to get their man on a long term basis. 

Youri Tielemans

According to ?The Telegraph the £40m rated Belgian looks likely to be playing his trade in the East Midlands again come August, with the 2016 champions very much the ‘front-runners’ for the playmaker.

Following Tielemans’ successful maiden six months in England’s top flight, fellow ?Premier League clubs ?Tottenham Hotspur and ?Manchester United were said to be interested in the Monaco man as well as European giants ?AC Milan, but it is believed that the former Anderlecht youngster would prefer a return to ?Leicester.

After losing his place in the starting XI of his parent club, the midfielder went on to make 13 appearances during his loan spell, regaining his form and boasting impressive statistics of three goals and five assists. 

Youri Tielemans

With the 22-year-old almost certainly moving away from Ligue 1 this summer, the former French champions may well come to regret the decision to let him go as the season progresses.