Deal Close – Chelsea Set To Complete Transfer Of Highly Rated Playmaker

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Updated: August 10, 2016

Chelsea isn’t a club afraid to use the loan system that’s for sure. Last season saw them loan out no less than 20 players, affectionately called by some fans, “Our Loan Army”.

For some of the youngster, it’s a chance to get much needed playing time, for others it’s an opportunity to get away from the parent club for a season and make an impression on the Chelsea staff, and hopefully be given the opportunity to make it into the first team squad next season. And some are just loaned out because they cannot be sold – The Curious Case of Marko Marin, the “German Messi”.

One youngster who is being tipped for great things is Danilo Pantic. The Serbian attacking midfielder was loaned out to “Chelsea’s B Team” last season with some degree of success, and now the rumours ( citation in Dutch but translated by Sportwitness ) are saying that he was impressive enough for another club in the Eredivisie to see his availability for a loan. The club in question, Excelsior, like Vitesse Arnhem are a semi successful club in the Dutch league. They will be able to give Pantic more playing time than Vitesse who is usually juggling a significant bulk of Chelsea’s loan army.

This move could potentially be what Pantic needs to take his game to a new level. The Dutch league has long been a league that has suited young player’s development. The pace and intensity allows them to express themselves on the pitch much more than many top European leagues.

With Pantic loaned away from Vitesse, it also gives him the opportunity to mature as a professional as well. Being away from other loaned out Chelsea players means he has to rely on his own work ethics to get into the first team weekend and week out.

This type of loans tend to either make or break a youngsters chance of getting into Chelsea’s first team. Up until recently, being loaned out by Chelsea almost assuredly meant that you were not going to get a look in. But with Roman Abramovich’s desire to bring in academy players into the first team, we are seeing changes into a more positive direction.

So Pantic now has an excellent opportunity to impress the Chelsea staff like he has with his partial loan to Vitesse. He now has the opportunity to play away from other Chelsea youngsters, giving him the chance to stand apart from the others, like some of them are doing in Spain and Germany.

For quite a while now Chelsea has been chastised for their loan policy. It’s understandable as they have had hundreds of loans since John Terry, and still no academy player has cemented a first team spot for their own. They will continue to hate on Chelsea when these loans turn into prospects worthy of a first team spot, and it will continue because Chelsea will continue to make money off selling the ones they deem as surplus. It’s turned out to be a great money generating machine for the club.

With Pantic’s skills and abilities, it’s easy to see why Chelsea are keeping him close, and giving him the opportunity to play away from the “Chelsea B Team” this season. This loan could potentially be his breakthrough loan.

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