Last season Chelsea sent a cohort of players on loan and it will likely be the same this season, with Ethan Ampadu among those who could be sent.
The transfer window is open again and with the release of the EFL fixture list, it’s a sure sign that a new season isn’t too far away.
Due to the World Cup taking place in winter, this means a slightly earlier start for the championship teams. With this in mind, many clubs have already started revamping their squads.
As always, the loan market should be a key area where second-tier teams can strengthen without shelling out hefty transfer fees. Last season Premier League giants Chelsea sent a handful of youngsters on loan – and so could in 2022-23.
Here, Football Mirror selects five players from the Blues who could end up in the Championship at the start of the next school year.
The defender has spent the last three seasons on loan, in the Bundesliga, Premier League and most recently in Serie A. The season ahead is huge for Ampadu. Not only is he now in the final year of his contract, but he also has a World Cup with Wales to look forward to.
He was a regular in Robert Page’s side as they won their historic place in Qatar and he will surely have to be loaned out again if he is to have any chance of being in Wales’ starting XI for their away game. opening against the United States. United States on November 21.
A half-season loan in the Championship with games to come in droves could be the ideal solution and would provide him with plenty of playing time opportunities in the build-up to the World Cup.
Colwill enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2021-22 with Huddersfield.
He made 32 appearances and despite superb performances in the heart of defence, there was a bitter end to his time in West Yorkshire. He was unlucky to be credited with an own goal in the Championship play-off final loss to Nottingham Forest. It was a sad way to end what had been largely a fantastic spell with the Terriers.
Still just 19, many have indicated Colwill would make a big impact at Stamford Bridge, but you sense another season on loan in the second tier would only improve his prospects rather than hurt them.
If so, many will be lining up for his signature.
The Scotland international was touted as a promising prospect a few years ago but a loan move to Norwich last season proved a disaster. He was part of a Canarian side that were relegated and Gilmour clearly struggled to shine in a struggling team.
Possessing unquestionable quality on the ball, he may need another loan move to get his mojo back and there’s no reason a top-flight Championship club can’t provide this platform. a promotion that could do wonders for his confidence.
He recently signed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge until 2024, so he is clearly in the long-term picture at Chelsea.
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Full-back Sterling made 25 outings on loan at Blackpool last season. This was a third loan for the 22-year-old.
He signed a contract extension with his parent club before joining the Seasiders and it was recently reported that Chelsea are planning for him to be part of their first team for the upcoming pre-season.
While that may be the case, many second-tier teams have been linked with a move for him this summer. Capable of playing as a winger on both flanks, his versatility would appeal to many teams in the Championship.
Striker Vale is tipped for big things at Chelsea, highlighted by his winning the Academy Player of the Season gong after a fine campaign in 2021-22.
He follows in the footsteps of Mason Mount and Reece James in winning the prestigious award and his progress has been such that he made his senior debut for Thomas Tuchel’s side last season, with five times in total.
At just 18, Vale could have the perfect chance to shine in the Championship next season.