How every Chelsea player on loan is performing this season

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith 24 May 2022 16:41 CEST 18 min read
Conor Gallagher, Armando Broja

Chelsea hoarding a huge number players on their books is a story that was a staple of Roman Abramovich's tenure in charge of the club. However, even with the owner's exit, the club is still expected to continue the tradition of utilising the loan market.

Chelsea have one of the largest overall squads in European football, but with Thomas Tuchel only able to name a select few in his Premier League squad for the 2021/22 season, plenty of the Blues' players were loaned out this year.

Loaning stars out before eventually selling them is a process that has been common at Chelsea over the past decade, and therefore it was no surprise to see it happen again this season.

Many of the players sent out on loan were young players who have come through the Cobham academy and were in need of first-team experience, while some are older and form part of the Blues' loan army. These players never seem to find a permanent home, and are instead sent out far and wide across the globe while still contracted to the Blues.

Chelsea often see players as a way of making money, so this loan policy has its critics, but after experiencing so much success on the pitch, and financially, in recent years, it's a strategy that has worked for Chelsea.

Last summer, the club sold over €150 million worth of talent, finally getting rid of some squad players, while also losing several young stars who couldn't see a future at Chelsea.

The Blues once again loaned out several players, but who are they?

How many players did Chelsea have out on loan?

Chelsea had a total of 23 players from their senior and U23 squad out on loan by the end of the season, with Kenedy and Thierno Ballo being recalled from their loan spells in January.

Mason Burstow arrived as a new signing from Charlton before being loaned back there for the remainder of the season, while Ethan Wady and Bryan Fiabema headed out on loan mid-season.

Where was each Chelsea player on loan?

Ethan Ampadu - Venezia

Faustino Anjorin - Huddersfield Town

Abdul Baba Rahman - Reading

Tiemoue Bakayoko - Milan

Michy Batshuayi - Besiktas

Nathan Baxter - Hull

Mason Burstow - Charlton

Armando Broja - Southampton

Jake Clarke-Salter - Coventry

Levi Colwill - Huddersfield

Jamie Cumming - MK Dons

Danny Drinkwater - Reading

Juan Familia-Castillo - Charlton

Bryan Fiabema - Rosenborg

Conor Gallagher - Crystal Palace

Billy Gilmour - Norwich

Henry Lawrence - AFC Wimbledon

Ian Maatsen - Coventry

Matt Miazga - Alaves

Emerson Palmeiri - Lyon

Dujon Sterling - Blackpool

Ethan Wady - Hendon FC

Karlo Ziger - Rudar Velenje

How did they perform?

Ethan Ampadu (Venezia):

Ampadu made his Venezia debut on 29 September as a first-half substitute against Torino. He grabbed his first assist of the season against Sassuolo on 23 October, but couldn't prevent a 3-1 loss. He was then sent off in extremely harsh circumstances against Salernitana in the following game, despite winning the ball with his slide tackle. Ampadu therefore missed a game against Genoa through suspension, but returned in Venezia's comeback win over Roma on 7 November, marking the occasion by grabbing an assist.

He also sat out the first game in December against Hellas Verona after picking up too many cautions - his disciplinary record is clearly something to watch out for. He's picked up 10 yellow cards and one red card in just 22 league starts.

The Welshman grabbed his third assist of the season in Venezia's loss to Inter in the final game of January, but his game hasn't been determined by final third output. Ampadu has played at right-back twice and in the middle of the backline, but seems to have found his feet in central midfield, not central defence, in Italy.

Venezia benched Amapdu for their game against Sassuolo at the start of March, but suffered a 4-1 loss, while the Welshman was impressive in his 26 minute cameo during the game, highlighting his importance to the team. During Venezia's loss to Atalanta in the final game of April, Ampadu made nine tackles and interceptions, but wasn't helped out by his team-mates, which has been a common theme this campaign.

The Welshman was sent off in a relegation decider against Salernitana, which Venezia lost, and ruled him out of their first win since February against Bologna. He returned at centre-back in the draw with Roma and delivered a strong performance against former Chelsea star Tammy Abraham.

Despite Ampadu's best efforts, Venezia's relegation back to Serie B was confirmed after winning just twice since November. Ampadu wasn't to blame, however.

Faustino Anjorin (Huddersfield Town):

Anjorin initially joined Lokomotiv Moscow on loan at the beginning of the season. He made his debut in Russia off the bench in a 2-0 win over KS Samara, before he then scored the equaliser against Marseille in the Europa League in September, playing off the left wing after being substituted on. Anjorin started his first game for the club against Lazio in the Europa League as well, but wasn't a regular in the Russian Premier League, and didn't contributed to a goal in the division either.

Anjorin's spell went from average to bad with news he'd broken his metatarsal in training in early November. With Ralf Rangnick, the man who convinced him to join the Russian team, leaving the club to become Manchester United's interim manager, and the fact he'd picked up a serious injury, Anjorin's future at Lokomotiv looked uncertain. He returned to Cobham in January, and was subsequently sent on loan to Huddersfield Town, joining fellow loanee Levi Colwill at the club.

His injury delayed his debut for the club, however he finally appeared for the club off the bench against Peterborough in early March. Anjorin backed that up with cameos in the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest and three consecutive Championship games before the March international break.

After a slow start to life in the Championship, Anjorin scored a composed penalty in Huddersfield's win over Coventry on 30 April to open his tally and help secure their place in the play-offs. He didn't feature in either of their play-off semi-final legs against Luton.

Abdul Baba Rahman (Reading):

He made his debut by playing 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw with QPR, and is Reading's number one choice at left-back. Reading have kept four clean sheets with him in the side, but they had only won twice in their past 19 games before a crucial 3-2 win over Preston on 19 February. He missed three of those losses due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations with Ghana, but returned to register an assist against Huddersfield on 22 January.

Baba Rahman was impressive defensively making 4.4 tackles and interceptions per 90, but he suffered a hamstring injury in the aforementioned victory against Preston, and was forced to miss a month-and-a-half of action. He returned to play in Reading's last five games of the season.

Tiemoue Bakayoko (Milan):

He came off the bench against Lazio in September to make his second debut for the club after impressing when on loan at Milan previously, but soon suffered an injury that kept him out for just over a month. He returned against Porto in the Champions League in late October, and Bakayoko started his first game of the season against Sassuolo at the end of November, although he was replaced at half-time as Milan fell to their second league defeat of the season.

He was demoted to the bench against Napoli in mid-December, and was a used substitute in a 4-2 win over Empoli and a 3-1 win over Roma. Bakayoko returned to the starting XI in consecutive wins over Venezia and Spezia in early January, but was an unused substitute for five consecutive games before news of an adductor injury emerged in early March.

He underwent treatment for the injury, and although he returned to the squad, he wasn't in favour. Bakayoko didn't even hit 500 minutes in Serie A this season and played just once between February and the end of the season.. This loan won't be made permanent.

Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas):

After failing to score in his first two games, Batshuayi bagged a brace in a 3-0 win over Yeni Malatyaspor to get the ball rolling. He then scored once and assisted once in the same game against Antalyaspor to help Besiktas to a 3-2 win in mid-September. He also caught the eye in the Champions League as well, but was unable to score in the competition, despite several chances against Sporting in particular, as Besiktas failed to pick up a point in the group stage. After not scoring since the middle of October, the Belgian netted twice and assisted once in a 4-2 win over Kayserispor on 12 December.

Including that game, Batshuayi scored five and assisted four across eight games until the end of January. After bagging a brace against Alanyaspor on 9 April, he ended the campaign on 14 goals and five assists in 32 Super Lig appearances - a reasonable return.

Nathan Baxter (Hull):

In the opening 16 games of the Championship season, Baxter was on the bench for 14, and not in the squad on the other two occasions. However, his luck then changed when Matt Ingram was dropped to the bench, and he was given a chance against Barnsley at the start of November . He made the best impression possible, keeping a clean sheet as Hull won 2-0. Baxter then backed that up with another shut-out in yet another 2-0 win, this time against Birmingham, and a third clean sheet in a row against Cardiff.

He didn't lose any of his first six games for the club and cemented his place as first-choice. However, Baxter missed 10 league games through injury from February until the start of April to halt his progress. But, the English shot-stopper returned on 18 April and despite losing 2-1 to Millwall, he was excellent and without him the scoreline would've been far more damaging for Hull.

He backed that up with a clean sheet against Reading in April, although he was in net for their 5-0 loss to Bristol City on the penultimate game of the season. His performances have resulted in reported interest from West Brom who are keen on signing Baxter as Sam Johnstone's replacement.

Mason Burstow (Charlton):

Aged just 18, Mason Burstow has been promoted into the Charlton Athletic first-team this season and his performances at the start of the campaign prompted Chelsea to sign him in January. However, the Blues opted to loan him back to the League One club for the rest of this season. Burstow finished the season on six goals and three assists in 23 games in all competitions in 2021/22 after grabbing an assist in Charlton's defeat on Good Friday.

He returned to Chelsea for the U23s' vital final PL2 game of the season and his saved shot led to the winning goal that preserved their status in the top flight.

Armando Broja (Southampton):

After impressing in pre-season at Chelsea, Broja was sent to Southampton on loan in order to gain first-team minutes, and it has certainly worked. Adam Armstrong was also brought in to replace Danny Ings' goals, and so Broja had to wait for his chance. He scored a brace in the EFL Cup demolition of Newport County in late August, and on his first ever Premier League start, he scored the winner against Leeds. He then backed that up with a second goal in two league games to help the Saints to a 2-2 draw with Burnley towards the end of October. However, in that draw, he suffered a slight injury and missed out against Watford, with Che Adams coming in and scoring.

Broja scored his first goal after returning from injury as Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton at the start of December, before scoring again with an excellent long-range finish against Crystal Palace later that month. He also won a penalty against West Ham on Boxing Day and netted against Brentford to get his 2022 tally started. His second goal of the calendar year came against Tottenham with an instinctive finish at the near post. He also ran Harry Maguire ragged at Old Trafford in February.

The Albanian international also scored an excellent goal in Southampton's FA Cup win over West Ham. His tally now stands at nine goals and one assist in 36 games for the Saints, but his game is much more than just goals. His form for Albania has also been exceptional over the past 12 months, including tearing apart the Spain defence during the March internationals.

However, he ended the year without a goal in over three months after his form took a sizeable dip.

Jake Clarke-Salter (Coventry):

Coventry's excellent early season form was, in large parts, down to the form of Jake Clarke-Salter. They did ship five goals to Luton and in that game Elijah Adebayo tore him to shreds, but for the most part he was rock solid. However, his fitness problems over the season are concerning. An Achilles injury forced him to miss six games in November and December, and he returned to Chelsea for treatment. He made his return and started 15 of the first 16 league games of the calendar year, but was taken off after 13 minutes against Derby in March. Clarke-Salter hobbled off holding his groin.

After a month out injured he returned to the pitch with a 90-minute display in Coventry's final game of the season against Stoke.

Levi Colwill (Huddersfield):

The talented defender was promoted to the England U21 side at the start of this season thanks to his early form for Huddersfield and although injury forced Levi Colwill to drop out of that squad, it was still mightily impressive for someone so young.

He was then placed in the country's U19s in the November international break and was named captain for all three games, managing to grab a goal against Sweden - a lovely-taken header at the far post. Earlier in the campaign he also scored a 94th minute winner against Sheffield United, and throughout has been a stalwart at the back for the Terriers.

His passing lanes and strong left foot has ensured he's able to break the lines on a regular basis. He is remarkably comfortable on the ball, and his Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan has said: "I think he’s going to be one of the most important centre-backs for this country in the future."

Not only that, but in the final game of 2021 and the first of 2022, Colwill helped Huddersfield to two clean sheets with two 'Man of the Match' performances. He is tipped for big things, and Chelsea have high hopes for the centre-back; this loan has proven why. They were also blocked from recalling him in January, which they were reportedly interested in doing, due to how many games he's played this campaign.

However, a knee injury ruled him out for nearly two months, and he was sorely missed. But, he returned against Birmingham City at the end of February, and marked his comeback with a goal and another 'Man of the Match' performance. He then contracted coronavirus, which was another frustrating bump in the road, and various reasons has meant Colwill has played just 59% of Huddersfield's league minutes due to a number of issues, which is a concern. But, he was selected for England's U21 squad for the March international break, and started both their games at centre-back.

Colwill helped Huddersfield keep a clean sheet in the second-leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton, which saw them advance to the final at Wembley.

A serious talent who's had a seriously good season. With Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, the club could turn to Colwill sooner than expected.

Jamie Cumming (MK Dons):

Jamie Cumming began the season on loan at Gillingham and was a stalwart in the side. He kept his first clean sheet against Cambridge United in late September, and although Gillingham were rock bottom of the league table when he left, it's hard to pin the blame on Cumming considering he had made the most saves in League One before he departed.

In January, he moved within the division to Milton Keynes Dons, and he lost just three of his 21 games for the team, keeping nine clean sheets along the way. He enjoyed a brilliant season, although MK Dons just missed out on the League One play-offs.

Danny Drinkwater (Reading):

Drinkwater made his Reading debut in their 2-1 win over Fulham, playing 70 minutes in central midfield. He backed that up with a total of 31 starts across the Championship season. In the final game of November, against Swansea, Drinkwater scored one and assisted one playing in a a slightly advanced role as Reading ran out 3-2 winners in South Wales, which was his most impressive display.

The former Leicester man was perhaps surprisingly eye-catching in pre-season for Chelsea, so him performing fairly well in a poor Reading side was far from the biggest shock.

Juan Familia-Castillo (Charlton Athletic):

Familia-Castillo played just 82 minutes of Championship action for Birmingham in the first-half of the season, which was extremely worrying. The move was cut short due to a lack of minutes, and he joined Charlton on 21 January. He made his debut off the bench in the EFL Trophy, and played the full 90 minutes against MK Dons in February, but didn't appear afterwards.

All in all, it was a year without much action on the pitch for Castillo.

Bryan Fiabema (Rosenborg):

Academy striker Bryan Fiabema scored eight goals in 20 games for Chelsea's U23 side before joining Norwegian outfit Rosenborg in March. Back in his homeland, Fiabema has played just three times, coming off the bench for two minutes in a 2-2 draw with Bodo-Glimt, for five minutes in a win over Odds BK and for 33 minutes in a defeat to Stromsgodset. He scored in a friendly two weeks ago, but is yet to net in the league.

Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace):

Just like he did for Charlton, Swansea, and West Brom, Conor Gallagher has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace. He scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with West Ham in late August, and was a constant threat against Tottenham, grabbing an assist in that game. Gallagher's engine is perhaps his best asset, and he hit the ground running as many expected he would. Gallagher hit a purple patch of form before the end of 2022, scoring one and assisting one as Palace shocked Manchester City with a 2-0 away win, scoring another against Wolves, grabbing a beautiful assist against Burnley, and scoring two as Palace beat Everton.

After a dry patch in front of goal, he netted against Brighton in mid-January to get going again, before also scoring against Watford with a lovely touch and finish. Gallagher them impressed thoroughly against Man City again, earning yet more plaudits.

He ended the season with eight goals and three assists in 34 Premier League games this season and was in the running for the Premier League Young Player of the Year award. Gallagher was also promoted to England's senior team in the November international break, making his debut for the national team against San Marino.

The midfielder even grabbed an assist on his home England debut, setting up Luke Shaw in the win over Switzerland in late March, and was lorded with praise for his performances in Crystal Palace's win over Arsenal on 4 April. Gallagher is set for big things, and could well be a starter for Chelsea next season, although his parent club blocked him from playing against them in their FA Cup semi-final.

Billy Gilmour (Norwich):

Norwich were handed a horror start to the Premier League season, facing Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester in their first three games. Even in tricky circumstances, Gilmour tried to dictate play when the Canaries had the ball, and he was desperate to impress. Unfortunately, he then failed to play at all in seven of Daniel Farke's final eight games in charge, which, given his talent, is not what would've been expected. Gilmour's performances for Scotland left many convinced that Farke would give him another chance, but that didn't materialise.

For someone who impressed every time they put on a Chelsea shirt, to not start for Norwich was worrying and quite frankly bizarre. With a new manager in charge now, however, Gilmour was given a new lease of life, and he marked his return to the side with an assist in the Canaries' victory over Southampton in Dean Smith's first game. He was unlucky to concede a penalty to Newcastle in November, and has impressed under Smith. Unfortunately, the Scotland international picked up an ankle injury in early January that ruled him out for three to four weeks.

However, he returned to action against Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round, grabbing the assist for Kenny McLean's goal. Gilmour also continues to be excellent in a ball-dominant Scotland side even though circumstances weren't ideal at club level. He made 28 appearances in all competitions this season.

Henry Lawrence (AFC Wimbledon):

Lawrence's early season form earned him a call-up to England's U20 squad, where he started in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic. A regular for Wimbledon, Lawrence was forced to sit out in November through illness, but he returned to the starting XI against Wycombe on 11 December. He has one assist to his name, in a 4-3 win over Morecambe, and has shown his versatility, playing left-back, right-back and even right midfield so far this term. But, he suffered a major injury and missed over three months of action before making his return in the defeat to Cheltenham Town on 19 March. Lawrence played seven games following his return but sat out the final two games of the league season.

Ian Maatsen (Coventry):

After a successful loan spell at Charlton last year, Maatsen has been the first choice left-wing-back for Coventry this season. He has looked at home completly, and he scored his first goal of the season against Fulham. His first assist came in a 1-0 win against Hull in October, however, he was sent off before the November international break. Bombing up and down the left flank, Maatsen is completing 3.9 tackles and interceptions per 90, and already looks too good for this level.

With Ben Chilwell suffering a knee injury that ruled him out for the season, early reports suggested Chelsea were looking at potentially bringing back Maatsen in January to provide cover at left wing-back, but that never materialised. Maatsen himself only returned from injury off the bench in late January. He scored the winner against Reading on 12 February, and netted the opener in a 2-1 win over Bristol City at the end of that same month.

At the end of the season, the Dutchman had 41 appearances to his name and won Coventry's Young Player of the Year award.

Matt Miazga (Alaves):

Matt Miazga made 11 La Liga appearances so far, with only two wins coming during his time on the pitch - a shock 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid and a 2-0 victory over Cadiz in late October. He didn't play in the final 13 La Liga games. Nothing to write home about.

Emerson Palmeiri (Lyon):

Emerson started 26 Ligue 1 games on French shores and the Italian also featured in both quarter-final legs of the Europa League as Lyon were knocked out by West Ham. He scored his first goal for the club in a win over Troyes at the end of September, but that high was short-lived as he was sent off after 14 minutes in the next game against Lorient. He therefore missed Lyon's game against St Etienne, but he returned against Monaco in mid-October, grabbing an assist to mark the occasion.

He recorded his second assist of the campaign in the 4-1 win over Lorient in early March, and overall it was a decent loan spell, although Lyon finished in eighth place. Chelsea wanted to recall him to act as cover for Chilwell's injury, but that move was blocked by Lyon.

Dujon Sterling (Blackpool):

Sterling settled into life at Blackpool incredibly quickly, and he had become a pivotal part of their team before illness. They hadn't lost a game in which he'd started until 27 November, although that was ended by a run of three losses.

He played 90 minutes in 14 consecutive games between the end of December and April, only losing four times in that run. But, he missed the final eight matches of the season due to injury.

Ethan Wady (Hendon FC): American shot-stopper Ethan Wady left Chelsea's U23 side on loan to join non-league side Hendon FC in January. He has played 13 times for the club in the Southern League Premier Division South.

Karlo Ziger (Rudar Velenje): He's started 16 games, but has kept just two clean sheets during that time. The season restarted at the beginning of March, and Ziger helped the side to a 2-1 win, but he was then demoted to the bench. Since then, he was rotated goalkeeper duties.