Chelsea are notoriously known for their loan system where they loan out players who have the potential to be good players but are not yet good enough to make the jump to the first team. He has seen Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Mohamed Salah go through the system and become world class players. However, he is not really well received across the world as many players end up on loan to many different clubs and there is no stability for their growth. Former Chelsea Loans Technical Coach Eddie Newton, who was basically the brains of the system, has revealed where the idea came from, who is originally the ‘creator’ of the Chelsea Loan System. Talk to Goal.com, Newton said:
“It was operational but it wasn’t a developed system. It was (former Chelsea technical director) Michael Emenalo basically. He brought me into his office and said, ‘Look, Rafa ( Benitez) is kinda having you because you were with the last manager (Roberto Di Matteo). So I wasn’t going to be with him in the first team, but he had another job for me to develop and manage the loan program. He said we have too many young players who are too good for the Under 23s, but not good enough for the first team. We had to send them back on loan, but we had to do it better than before. We didn’t know enough about these guys on loan. He gave me a plan, then I built it. We continued to meet every now and then, and he said he would get me what I needed to make it work.
He also revealed that after building the world class program, they received many requests from clubs to help them build something like this. He said taking players off the payroll and selling them off once they have performed well on loan has helped the club turn a profit and aided player development, all thanks to Chelsea’s loan system. .
Salah and De Bruyne didn’t stay due to a personality clash with Mourinho
Mohamed Salah was first loaned to Fiorentina after spending six months with the first team under ex-manager Jose Mourinho and was subsequently sold to AS Roma, and since then the Egyptian winger has been became one of the top scorers in the world. Still under Mourinho’s leadership, Kevin De Bruyne was loaned to Werder Bremen, then sold to Wolfsburg and then moved to Manchester City, where he established himself as one of the best playmakers in the world and won two POTY awards. , three Premier League titles, five EFL Cups, to name a few along the way. Newton was asked exactly about these players if looking at what happened to them frustrates him. He has answered:
“For me, I think Salah and De Bruyne weren’t about talent. It was a personality clash (with Jose Mourinho). I just didn’t think it was working at the time. ‘They were more than enough, but it was the manager who disagreed with them, so it wasn’t going to work. “
He also mentioned that Lukaku was not ready at the time to step up and lead the Chelsea frontline like Didier Drogba did as he was always going to be compared to the Ivorian striker. He also said that Lukaku’s loan transfer to West Brom and then to Everton helped him grow into a great player. The move to Manchester United and then to Inter Milan made him the world-class player he is today and will lead Chelsea’s line well.