Since Chelsea’s takeover by Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly, the club went through an immediate overhaul both on and off the pitch. Surprisingly the new owners-maintained Chelsea’s reputation as big spenders in the transfer market, but it was their approach to spending that spewed intrigue. The Blues hierarchy prioritized signing younger players under the age of 25, bringing in some of the world’s most promising youth talents with notable names being Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Benoit Badiashile, Cesare Casadei and more.
Some of these signings have been able to remain in the first team and look prime to eventually make an impact in blue. However, a large majority of them have been sent on loan for further development. Chelsea are no strangers to extensively using the loan system but this time there is something slightly different to the Blues loan army. Yet, reminiscent of the Roman Abramovich era, many of the signings made by this new ownership may likely never get the opportunity to play in blue.
These 3 new signings may never get a game at Chelsea
Angelo Gabriel is one of a handful of exciting Brazilian prospects that CFC picked up this year. The 18-year-old impressed heavily during the first two matches of preseason with his ability on the ball, linking up play in the final third seamlessly and always having a keen eye for a great pass. As preseason continued, Angelo’s playing time would dwindle eventually confirming that he would be loaned to Strasbourg for the season. Although the Santos product is one to look out for, it’s hard to see a pathway in the first team for him in the near future with Raheem Sterling and Noni Madueke already making up CFC’s depth in the right winger spot.
Since Andrey Santos signed for CFC, it has been expected that despite his age, the 19-year-old was ready to make an impact in the first team. The young Brazilian had an impressive preseason where he showed his versatility as a midfielder that can also be deployed in deeper areas. Yet, Santos was loaned out before the end of the window to Nottingham Forest. It’s hard to say how he will develop at Forest, as they’ve gone out and acquired another high-profile defensive midfielder in Ibrahima Sangare. His development at Chelsea also faces additional challenges due to the club’s recruitment of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, who join Enzo Fernandez in forming the Blues’ midfield core for the future.
16-year-old wonderkid Kendry Paez was confirmed as a Chelsea signing this summer but will not be able to join the West Londoners until he’s 18. So far in his young career, Paez has impressed on every stage, possessing the signature South American flair on the ball while having an incredible eye for creating chances as an attacking midfielder for his teammates with his passing. In an ideal world, Paez continues his trajectory and by the merit of his talent he walks directly into the first team in 2025.
However, it’s impossible to predict in what state the club will be in by then. Whether Mauricio Pochettino will still be at the helm remains an uncertainty and other players maybe will have already staked their claim to start over the youngster. Yet if there’s any young talent capable of breaking into the CFC team and take the league by storm it would be Paez.