Chelsea to send even more players on loan in January, confirms youth coach

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The Blues’s under-23 and under-21 boss has stated that the club are planning to send more of their young talent out on temporary moves in January.

Adi Viveash has confirmed that Chelsea are likely to send more of their academy players to clubs in January to add to the 38 players they already have out on loan across the world.

Chelsea have more loanees than any other British club as they look to give development opportunities to players from their FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League winning academy.

Tammy Abraham, Andreas Christensen and Loic Remy are just three of the 38 players at other clubs while 15% of English clubs currently have a Chelsea player on loan.

Viveash confirmed that more moves will come in January and he has called upon his players to take inspiration from Bristol City’s Abraham, who is top scorer in the Championship.

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“This is a different group, we have a couple from this group that in January will probably be looking [to move on loan] at the older end,” said Viveash after his side’s 13-12 penalty shootout victory over Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“The reality is, that when you go out there it is what you do and Tammy, you could have envisaged Tammy hitting the ground running, but what Tammy has is a massive enthusiasm for the game.

“He just loves playing football and he loves scoring goals and you can see that by the goals he scores. We have reminded him that most of them are tap-ins but it doesn’t really matter. He is a nice kid Tammy and he will be learning a lot about Championship defenders.”

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Viveash managed Abraham in his second UEFA Youth League success in two years at Chelsea while the club’s hierarchy decided that he should continue his development at Bristol City.

Abraham has been touted as being good enough to return to Stamford Bridge next season, but Viveash wasn’t sure which of the loan group are due to return to the club next season.

“I don’t know [where he will play next season] that’s not for me. He has passed through my programme now, that’s for the powers at be to decide those things,” he added. “They work in this group when they are in this group, when it comes to decisions, it is made by senior people and not coaches.

“[Abraham] is scoring a few, isn’t he? It is obviously great when [that happens]. But it is not just Tammy, Kasey Palmer is playing in the Championship as well, at Huddersfield, a team that are flying very high so those boys are ready for the next stage of their development.

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“It is great for them to go out and experience senior football and they are doing well in it. It is great for Charlie Colkett and Jake, the pair at Bristol Rovers, in League One, in this league. I watched them play against Swindon and they both performed pretty well and it is different stages of where players are at.”

Viveash also confirmed that Marco van Ginkel, who played against Oxford United on Tuesday along with Kurt Zouma, will be one of the players looking for a loan move in January.

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