We round-up the past week’s involvement for our players out on loan, and look at the days ahead close to home…
The standout result of the weekend involving Chelsea loanees was Fulham’s 6-0 thrashing of Burton Albion, with Lucas Piazon (pictured) marking his 24th birthday with his first goal since returning from a broken leg. The Brazilian netted the Cottagers’ second, as well as providing the assist for their opener, with Tomas Kalas featuring at the back.
In the Premier League, Kurt Zouma helped Paul Lambert get off to a winning start as Stoke manager, playing in the Potters rearguard as they beat Huddersfield 2-0. It was their first clean sheet in the top flight since October.
Football has resumed in many European leagues after a winter break, including the Dutch Eredivisie, where Mason Mount scored the only goal of the game for Vitesse Arnhem in a 1-0 win at Sparta Rotterdam last Wednesday. Fankaty Dabo also started that game, as he did a 1-1 draw with Heerenveen on Saturday which also featured Mount and Matt Miazga.
In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo played in defence for Kasimpasa who beat Alanyaspor 3-2 on Friday night.
Back in England in the Championship, Jake-Clarke Salter came up against Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector and Ola Aina as Sunderland beat Hull City 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, while Jeremie Boga played the majority of Birmingham’s 1-1 draw with Preston. Those results moved the Black Cats off the foot of the table, going above Birmingham who are second bottom.
In League One, Jay Dasilva was in action for Charlton who beat Walsall 3-1 at the Valley to maintain their spot in the play-off places. Jordan Houghton started for Doncaster in a 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury, while Ike Ugbo played up front for MK Dons, who lost 2-1 in their local derby with Northampton Town.
There was a big win for a Forest Green Rovers side containing Bradley Collins in goal. They beat Cambridge United 5-2. It was a great result for the League Two strugglers, who are now just one point from safety. In the National League, Nathan Baxter was between the sticks for Woking who lost 3-0 at Solihill Moors.
The week ahead
Stamford Bridge hosts the first match action of the week when on Tuesday evening, our development squad side takes on a senior team from Oxford United for a place in the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy. Kick-off is 7.30pm and tickets must be bought before 4pm on the day of the game. It will be shown live on Chelsea TV.
On Wednesday, there is place in the Carabao Cup at stake as Antonio Conte’s side travel to Arsenal with the tie finely balance at 0-0 after the first leg. Kick-off there is 8pm. Then it is back to the Bridge for another cup-tie on Sunday, when we host Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That is a 1.30pm start.
Prior to then, on Saturday at 11am, our Under-18s play away at Sunderland in an Under-18 Premier League Cup quarter-final.
Along with all the cup action in the coming week, there is a league match for Chelsea Ladies. They host Everton Ladies at Kingsmeadow on Sunday at 12.30pm. That game is live on the BBC.