It’s that time of year when clubs fly off to every corner of the globe in search of
big wads of money strong opposition to help them prepare to the new season.
Chelsea’s pre-season tour to Asia is about to get underway, and there were a few unfamiliar faces among the regulars chosen by Antonio Conte to take on Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
So who are the lucky lads that have avoided a loan spell to Vitesse Arnhem (for now)?
Chelsea beat Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs to the signing of Musonda back in 2012.
He’s so far avoided the lure of Vitesse, but was sent out to Real Betis for the last two seasons to pick up first-team experience.
Chelsea recalled him in January but he’s still yet to make his first-team debut. What are the chances of that changing next season?
John Terry’s exit was probably sped up by the emergence of Andreas Christensen, who’s spent the last two seasons impressing with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Conte’s three at the back and Nathan Ake’s sale to Bournemouth mean Christensen is likely to see plenty of football next season.
His last Chelsea appearance came in May 2015, so let’s hope he’s worth the two year wait.
The man so good Vitesse loaned him twice.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who’s also been on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, was named Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year in 2014.
Jose Mourinho said he’d take the blame if Baker didn’t play for England under his management. Where should we send our postcards, Jose?
The only player in footballing history to go out on loan to Elche, Monaco and AC Milan. Honestly, look it up.
Pasalic has already played twice for Croatia and spent the whole of last season with Milan, scoring five times in Serie A.
If he’s good enough for Luka Modric, he’s good enough for us. Just maybe not Chelsea.
Boga signed for Chelsea in 2009 but never got higher than the reserves before being loaned out to Rennes and Granada.
While he’s been willing to wait for his chance at club level, he’s not been so keen to hang about at international level.
The 20-year-old switched allegiance from France to Ivroy Coast, and made his debut in June.
The least experience of the lot, Scott doesn’t even have a wikipedia page yet. Not that that’s all we use for our work.
The Bath-born midfielder has played for Chelsea all the way up to the Under-21’s but has so far turned out for USA rather than England.
Have a word Gary Cahill.