It must be hard being a young player for Chelsea. When you sign for such a big club, it makes you think you have hit the big time, only to find that you can’t get a game and your confidence must surely take a dent. Sometimes players will be determined to fight for a place in the first team and will sometimes get it, whether through an injury or through inclusion in a cup match or as a substitute.
More often, however, it is better to accept some time away from Stamford Bridge on loan with another club. This gives you playing time and match sharpness and experience. 21-year old winger Gael Kakuta and 20-year old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne look set to join the ranks of the loan players soon.
Both youngsters featured for Chelsea during the tour of America, De Bruyne especially, but will probably be heading to other clubs for now. Thankfully, both players seem to have accepted that this is the best thing for them and they are showing hunger to play, which is a good sign.
De Bruyne has almost sealed a loan move to Werder Bremen and has spoken of his and Roberto Di Matteo’s agreement on the matter. Kakuta has drawn interest from Marseille, but the deal is further away from being sealed. The arrival of Marko Marin and Eden Hazard along with the possible arrival of Victor Moses from Wigan mean that there will be more than enough wingers at Chelsea this season and Kakuta is desperate to play.
“I want to play first team football week in, week out, whether at Chelsea or anywhere else.”
Good luck to both of them and we hope to see you back soon.