Tactically analyzing Chelsea's loan conundrum – Part 1

23 players. Yes , there are 23 players out on loan for Chelsea and yet we find ourselves complaining of having just about the thinnest squad in the English Premier League. Match congestion conflicting with poor results and lack of passion has formed a tendency to bond with disappointment and high fatigue levels.

Nothing much can be done other than starting a new save on Football Manager and taking out your frustration by winning everything and buying Falcao. However, here at 360, atleast I can analyze and field 2 separate teams consisting of our loan players. Yes 2 full fledged teams without any substitutes with formations suited to their abilities. In the first part we see the stronger of the two teams.

A classic 4-3-3 with the possibility of playing a False 9.  4-3-3’s are usually employed to compact the play in the middle and control possession. Think Barcelona.

Our talisman is Lukaku. The strongest striker out on loan from Chelsea at fellow English Premier League team, West Bromwich Albion. Lukaku is your typical Drogba when you see his physical appearance, but he can also use his pace along with his build to power past defenders and drag them out of shape.

Kevin De Bruyne has been loaned to Werder Bremen after being acquired from RC Genk. He is most comfortable at central midfield, but in recent games has been fielded on the left where he can provide assistance to Nils Petersen Petersen who is on loan from Bayern frequently shifts positions with Bruyne. This destroys teams that deploy the man marking system and this combined with Bruyne acting as False 9 and dragging center-backs away has been pivotal in Bremen’s 3 match winning streak, which was recently broken by Hamburger SV’s 3-2 win.

Lukaku is more than adept at playing on the wings and using the same shifting policy can be very useful for the manager.

Next up is Gael Kakuta. He is a natural right winger who can easily play on the right as well provided that he is allowed to cut in. This cutting in strategy can work well when De Bruyne comes in and drags defenders away. Graphically showing this-

The same goes for Thorgan Hazard. At the Jupiler league where is playing for Zulte, he has drifted a lot to the No.10 role and Kakuta’s area of deployment. He could easily fit into this and can cut in as well. Hence giving the team a solid attacking approach.

Next we have our pivot comprising of Essien and McEachran. Essien is a mixture of Ramires and Mikel. Under Mourinho at Madrid, he has played at right-back and this can help him cover the flanks as Ramires does for Chelsea in the pivot. His strong build also helps him come back and form a 3 man defense with the center-backs. McEachran is versatile and might not be the best defender but could give you a younger and much more attacking version of Lampard. He could join in the No.10 role with Thorgan and assist in attacks.

Then we have our defense. Chalobah and Bruma are more than expected to get loans into English Premier League teams next year. A very solid defensive partnership, with Chalobah being the Luiz. He loves to get forward but not very deep. He can be a good center-back option as well. On the left we have Aanholt, the first understudy of Ashley Cole. Very attacking, good pace and threatening with his brilliant crossing ability. On the right we have Wallace. I haven’t watched many games except 1 where he performed quite well. He has a tendency to cut in while going forward, and reminded me a lot of Bertrand as he can be used on the wings.

To summarize, I’m a 110% confident that this team can survive relegation and end up mid-table in the English Premier League with a decent manager. A 4-2-3-1 can also be played provided that the concept of False 9 is always practiced as the kind of players present make it very easy.

  1. Anonymous says

    Fantastic Analysis Bro….Expecting to see you at CFC bench oneday………good piece there…ernestbible

  2. oboday says

    these team can beat the top clubs in the epl including chelsea

  3. Anonymous says

    wow!….wit more blues spirit dy can win d EPL in 2seasons tym…..i believe u MAN

  4. Vaibhav Kumble says

    Another reason to not spend heavily on reputed players

  5. Naman Gambhir (@09Naman) says

    Where is Lucas Piazon? He is the next Kaka….

    1. Sherry Philips says

      This is part 1. He features in part 2 ! He isn’t suitable to fit into this formation atleast.

      Thanks !

  6. Abdu says

    Essien.stay madrid deburaine back kakuta back piazon back lukako back mcachramback

  7. Shiloh says

    Great article, i’v watched Nigeria play in the AFCON and i must say am highly impressed by the Chelsea Defender Keneth Omeoru {pardon if i dnt spell it correctly}, now why don’t we recall him and others who have impressed on-loan? A question i think the Chelsea management needs to address.

  8. makinwa says

    Lucas Piazon is very essential … we never gave the guy enough playing time … i believe he is the next big thing if well fielded. Kenneth Omeruo shld be recalled, along with Lukaku

  9. King24 says

    We should try to loan some of the players mentioned in the article to teams in the PL that will be involved in the relegation fight. By doing this, our players will be playing with less talented players than themselves, will gain experience from the relegation fight and will learn valuable skills. ManUre did this with Cleverly by loaning him out to Wigan and he’s doing quite well now in the first team. I believe that we have youth players who far outstrip ManUre’s and are maybe better than Liverpool’s and Arsenal’s. Our indefinite management has always been our downfall in terms of promoting and developing our young stars into Chelsea legends.

    1. Sherry Philips says

      Agree a 110 % !

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  11. Kuunal says

    I think Courtois Lukaku and essien should be summoned urgently. Lukaku and Essien are a first team regulars. Would solve the finishing problem in the box and Courtois, well I dont see why him and cech cant be distributed games evenly. De gea and Lindegaard have done it (though not wid success). Thibaut’s emphasis on playing the first team is fair for he is a regular number 1 with Atletico. Bring’em back to play sum top quality football and we are off to the second spot in no time.

  12. Oj Currency says

    Some players on loan should be recalled like Essien,Courtois and Lukaku. And d rest sent on loan to EPL teams to gain EPL integration

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