Coach Rafa Benitez blames poor results because the lot got slimmer, the team from the Stamford Bridge having not less than 23 players loaned worldwide.
3rd place in the Premier League to 11 points distance by leader, eliminated from the Champions League, eliminated from the Capital One Cup, and a replay of the FA Cup semifinal, hardly achieved in the last match thanks to a goal scored by Fernando Torres – these are the results of the team owned by Roman Abramovich in the 2012/2013 season.
Perhaps some of these disappointments could have been avoided if Chelsea officials should be called to any of the loaned footballers. Among the most important we can mention Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Essien (Real Madrid), Piazon (Malaga) or Lukaku (West Bromwich).
Football players loaned by Chelsea are:
Goalkeepers: Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic), Thibaout Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Sam Walker (Colchester)
Defenders: Wallace (Fluminense), Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburg), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Patrick Van Aanholt (Vitesse), Sam Hutchinson (Nottingham Forrest), Tomas Kalas (Vitesse), Kenneth Omeruo (Den Haag), Todd Kane (Blackburn)
Midfielders: Michael Essien (Real Madrid), Billy Clifford (Colchester), Anjur Osmanovic (Larje), Kevin de Bruyne (Werder Bremen), Gael Kakuta (Vitesse), Thorgan Hazard (Waregem), Amin Affane (Roda Kerkrade), Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough)
Strikers: Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich), Lucas Piazon (Malaga), Jhon Pirez (Leganes), Ulises Davila (Sabadell).