Posted on: Mon 06 Jan 2014

For the first time in 2014, the official Chelsea website assesses the recent impact made by some of our loan players and looks at the week ahead…

Loan highlights
Patrick Bamford ended his loan spell at MK Dons by securing Karl Robinson's side an FA Cup third-round replay against Wigan Athletic.

In a six-goal thriller at the DW Stadium, Bamford made it 3-3 when he pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and fired home late in the game.

From today [Monday], the young striker has joined Derby County on loan for the remainder of the season following a hugely impressive spell with MK Dons.

In Spain, Marko Marin made his return from injury in Seville's 3-0 win against Getafe.

The winger, who has been sidelined with a hamstring problem, was introduced as a 73rd-minute substitute in what was a comfortable win for the home side.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Thibaut Courtois kept a clean sheet as Atletico Madrid maintained their pursuit of leaders Barcelona with a 1-0 win at Malaga.

Only goal difference separates the top two currently, with third-placed Real Madrid eight points adrift.

Oriol Romeu played the full 90 minutes for Valencia as they beat Levante 2-0 at the Mestalla Stadium in Juan Antonio Pizzi's first game in charge since replacing Miroslav Djukic over Christmas.

Former Blues
Ray Wilkins, who represented the Blues both as a player and coach, has been appointed as assistant head coach at Fulham.

Wilkins, 57, has been brought in to work alongside Rene Meulensteen at Craven Cottage, where he worked as manager previously, guiding them to the old Second Division play-offs in 1997/98.

The week ahead
Our Under-21s take on West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup at Aldershot FC tonight, kick-off 7.05pm.

Tickets are priced £3 for adults and £1 concessions, while season ticket holders will have free entry on production of their valid 2013/14 season ticket. The game will also be broadcast live on Chelsea TV.

Dermot Drummy's side then play their first league game of 2014 when we entertain Reading, again at Aldershot, on Friday at 7pm.

With no midweek game, attention for the first team now turns towards Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Hull City.

Jose Mourinho will hold his customary pre-match press conference at Cobham on Friday, with the game itself kicking off at 12.45pm on Saturday.

Adi Viveash's Under-18s will also be back in action for the first time this year when they take on Norwich City at Cobham on Saturday in a repeat of last season's FA Youth Cup final. Kick-off for the match is 12noon.