Football transfer windows make headlines every season with million dollar signings and unexpected players put out and taken on loan. A record £1.165 billion were spent during the summer transfer period at the English Premier League this season according to news reports quoting financial analyst Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.
This season in England though, there is a different kind of transfer news that’s making headlines.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in the English Premier League has now loaned a record 38 players to different clubs across eight countries and 14 divisions. That’s more than twice the number of the 17 players that Manchester City has loaned out this season. Defending champions Leicester City have loaned four players.
And even though Conte has defended the transfer policy saying he is trying to get the best possible combination for the team, on loan players have slammed the transfer policy.
Brazilian playmaker Lucas Piazon said that the transfer policy is counterproductive for younger players after leaving for rival London club Fulham on the final day of transfers. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has seen five transfers—Malaga, Vitesse, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading and now Fulham—since he signed up for the London club from Sao Paolo in 2011.
“It makes no sense to go on loan all the time,” ESPN quoted him saying. “It is not good for any player in my experience—or the experience of the other boys. I don’t see it as a positive thing anymore. To be in a different place every year is not good for me at 22.”
Some of the most high-profile players on loan from the London club are:
Juan Cuadrado, 28 (Juventus)
Colombian winger Cuadrado came to Chelsea from Fiorentina in 2015 on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee that could rise to £26.8 million. But he is currently on a long loan to the Serie A team.
Lucas Piazon, 22 (Fulham)
Paizon was signed by Chelsea in 2011 in a deal that could rise to £10 million. But the 22-year-old playmaker has seen five transfers in five years.
Baba Rahman, 22 (Schalke 04)
The Ghanaian left back Rahman was signed by Chelsea in 2015 in a five-year deal for a potential fee of £22 million. But 23 appearances, a host of errors and an unsuccessful season in London has seen the defender move to the Bundesliga.
Kenedy, 20 (Watford)
The Brazilian midfielder is one of the most promising youngsters in the game. He came to Chelsea from Fluminense in 2015 for a fee in the region of £6.3 million. But despite a promising season, he doesn’t seem to feature in the immediate plans of Conte.
Loïc Rémy, 29 (Crystal Palace)
The veteran French striker joined the Blues in 2014. He was doing alright at the club too. He scored 12 goals in 47 appearances and won the Premier League trophy and the League Cup with Chelsea, but failed to impress Conte and is now on loan to Crystal Palace.