How every Chelsea player on loan is performing this season
Chelsea are perhaps the club most renowned for sending its talent on loan in world football, and they have once again sent a plethora players elsewhere to ply their trade on loan for the 2021/22 season.
Several are are young, academy players in need of first-team football experience, while some are older and part of Chelsea's loan army, who never seem to find a permanent home, and instead bounc from club to club while still contracted to the Blues.
It's a policy questioned by some, but after experiencing so much success on the pitch, and financially, it's a strategy that has so far worked for Chelsea.
This summer, the club sold over €150 million worth of talent, finally getting rid of some deadwood, while also unfortunately losing several young stars who couldn't see a future at the club.
They have, however, once again loaned out many players, but which players are they?
How many players do Chelsea have out on loan?
Famed for letting players leave on loan, Chelsea currently have a total of 22 players out on loan. That includes seasoned veterans such as Danny Drinkwater, and youngsters such as Juan Familia-Castillo who the majority of football fans will never have heard of.
Where is each Chelsea player on loan?
Ethan Ampadu - Venezia
Faustino Anjorin - Lokomotiv Moscow
Abdul Baba Rahman - Reading
Tiemoue Bakayoko - Milan
Thierno Ballo - Rapid Vienna
Michy Batshuayi - Besiktas
Nathan Baxter - Hull
Armando Broja - Southampton
Jake Clarke-Salter - Coventry
Levi Colwill - Huddersfield
Jamie Cumming - Gillingham
Danny Drinkwater - Reading
Juan Familia-Castillo - Birmingham
Conor Gallagher - Crystal Palace
Billy Gilmour - Norwich
Kenedy - Flamengo
Henry Lawrence - AFC Wimbledon
Ian Maatsen - Coventry
Matt Miazga - Alaves
Emerson Palmeiri - Lyon
Dujon Sterling - Blackpool
Karlo Ziger - Rudar Velenje
How are they performing?
Ethan Ampadu (Venezia): Yet to make his debut.
Faustino Anjorin (Lokomotiv Moscow): Made his debut off the bench in a 2-0 win over KS Samara - playing seven minutes. He then scored the equaliser against Marseille in the Europa League, playing off the left wing after being substituted on. He was a 62nd minute substitute and an 81st minute substitute in Lokomotiv's last two league games. He's still yet to make his first start for the club. He has, however, been handed the No.10 shirt, which had been retired eight years ago following the end of club legend Dmitri Loskov's career. A sign of encouragement for the youngster.
Abdul Baba Rahman (Reading): Made his debut by playing 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw with QPR, and has since played 90 minutes a further three times. Reading kept a clean sheet with him in the side for the first time in their previous game against Middlesbrough, and they also haven't lost with him playing, picking up one draw and three wins. He's been impressive defensively, making 3.8 tackles and interceptions per 90, but he's been unable to add much going forward. A promising start, however.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Milan): Came off the bench against Lazio to make another debut for the club after impressing when on loan at Milan previously. He's now injured, however, so has missed the past three games.
Thierno Ballo (Rapid Vienna): Yet to make his debut, and wasn't in the matchday squad last time out.
Michy Batshuayi (Besiktas)i: Batshuayi has made six appearances so far, five of which have come from the start. After failing to score in his first two games, he bagged a brace in a 3-0 win over Yeni Malatyaspor to get the ball rolling. Batshuayi then scored once and assisted once in the same game against Antalyaspor to help the side to a 3-2 win. He also caught the eye in the Champions League as well, but was unable to get on the scoresheet as Besiktas suffered a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. He missed Besiktas' most recent game due to a twisted knee.
Nathan Baxter (Hull): Baxter has been on the bench in every Championship game so far, only featuring once in the EFL Cup. He conceded once in normal time, and was unable to prevent an 8-9 defeat on penalties.
Armando Broja (Southampton): After impressing in pre-season at Chelsea, Broja was sent to Southampton on loan. Adam Armstrong was also brought in to replace Danny Ings' goals, and hence Broja is yet to make a start in the Premier League. He did, however, come off the bench against Newcastle, West Ham, and Man City, and he scored a brace in the EFL Cup demolition of Newport County.
Jake Clarke-Salter (Coventry): He has made seven appearances in the Championship, one as a substitute, helping Coventry to beat Blackpool 1-0, Middlesbrough 2-0, Cardiff 1-0, and Peterborough 3-0. Despite playing seven times, he's only played a full 90 minutes on three occasions, which is rather strange for a central defender.
Levi Colwill (Huddersfield): The defender has recently been promoted to the England U21 side thanks to his form for Huddersfield. He had played every Championship minute for them, until he was dropped for the game against Stoke. He's back in the starting XI now, however, and despite being just 18, he has thoroughly impressed. He scored a 94th minute winner against Sheffield United, and has been a stalwart at the back. His passing lanes and strong left foot has ensured he's able to break the lines on a regular basis, and he has completed the third most dribbles per 90 of centre-backs in the entire division.
Jamie Cumming (Gillingham): He has played every league minute for Gillingham after impressing for Stevenage last season until the most recent game against Charlton . He is yet to keep a clean sheet, conceding 13 goals in nine games, but with Gillingham down in 19th, it's hard to pin the blame on him. He sat out both EFL Cup games.
Danny Drinkwater (Reading): He made his debut in the 2-1 win over Fulham, playing 70 minutes in central midfield. He backed that up with 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.
Juan Familia-Castillo (Birmingham City): Familia-Castillo has played just 12 minutes of Championship action this term, but he has played 180 minutes in two EFL Cup games. Starting at left-back, he helped the side to a 1-0 win over Colchester in the competition, before they were beaten 2-0 by Fulham. He hasn't been in the past five matchday squads in the Championship.
Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace): Just like he did for Charlton, Swansea, and West Brom, Conor Gallagher has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace so far. He was forced to miss their opener because it was against Chelsea, but he has played 90 in all their proceeding league games. He was a solid presence in midfield during the 0-0 draw with Brentford, he scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with West Ham, and was a constant threat against Tottenham, grabbing an assist. He's hit the ground running as many expected he would.
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. Gilmour has, however, been their standout player. Even in tricky circumstances, he's dictated play when the Canaries have the ball, and he's desperate to impress. It will be a tough season for the team, but the young Scot is doing everything in his power to help them out.
Kenedy (Flamango): Yet to make his debut
Henry Lawrence (AFC Wimbledon): After sitting on the bench in the first league game, and coming on as a substitute in the second, Lawrence had started every game since until last time out against Shrewsbury. He also played in all three EFL Cup games for AFC Wimbledon. In his 10 appearances in all competitions so far, the club has lost only three times. He has shown his defensive prowess as well, making 3.5 tackles and interceptions per 90. He also produced an assist in a 4-3 win over Morecambe.
Ian Maatsen (Coventry): After a successful loan spell at Charlton last year, Maatsen has started every Championship game so far for Coventry, playing as the left wing-back. He is yet to score or assist, and has picked up three yellow cards in nine games. But, he has impressed so far, taking 1.2 shots and making 1.1 key passes per 90 while also completing a huge 5.0 tackles and interceptions per 90.
Matt Miazga (Alaves): He has made four La Liga appearances so far - a 3-0 loss to Valencia, a 2-0 loss to Osasuna, and a four-minute cameo in a 1-0 loss to Espanyol. However, he did help the side to a shock 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid, playing 90 minutes as the side kept a clean sheet. Despite that win, it's not been an ideal start to life in Spain.
Emerson Palmeiri (Lyon): He has started six Ligue 1 games since arriving on French shores. He's won three of those games, with the only defeat coming to Paris Saint-Germain. Emerson also played 90 minutes in the Europa League win over Rangers. He scored his first goal for the club in a win over Troyes, but that high was short-lived as he was sent off 14th minutes into the most recent game.
Dujon Sterling (Blackpool): He has made three appearances in the Championship, with his first two starts resulting in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, and a 1-0 win against Barnsley.
Karlo Ziger (Rudar Velenje): He's started five games, yet has conceded eight, with half of them coming in a 4-0 defeat to ND Primorje.