It’s no secret that Chelsea make the most of the loan system, more so than any other side in the Premier League.
The Blues currently have 29 players out on loan around Europe and the world. It does, however, ask the question of whether any of them will return to Stamford Bridge and have a genuine chance of playing in the first-team.
Just look back at last season and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, who once again has left the club on a temporary deal.
In fact, the England international midfielder, who also went to the World Cup in the summer, has failed to feature under Maurizio Sarri and still remains out of the team.
Players such as Kenedy, Kurt Zouma (who was impressive for the Blues before a horrible injury), Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi – as well as a plethora of others – have all had their chance in the first-team.
However, they all appear to be far from being considered by the former Napoli boss.
So, how good are these players? If they were ever to get a chance of competing for a first-team spot, would they be able to handle the pressures of the Premier League?
How well would they fare?
Chelsea has spent money on procuring some of the best talents in the football world.
With the likes of Eden Hazard already in the team, players will find it difficult to break the mould. For instance, just ask Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The guys at Planet Football decided to use Football Manager 2018 as a way of looking to see how a team consisting of the loanees would fair and it appears they would be at the other end of the table.
The computer game, which has been a staple part of any football fan’s gaming catalogue for a number of years, determined that they would be sitting just outside the relegation zone.
Although once it had been ‘simmed’, they are all sent down to the Championship at the end of the season.
It’s only a game
Admittedly, it is just a game and never say never in football – just look at Leicester City’s Premier League winning campaign.
However, they have a pretty good track-record when predicting how a player will turn out in the future, so why not a team?