As widely discussed in the footballing world, Chelsea send a large number of players out on loan every year, but should they be so quick to farm them out from Stamford Bridge? Would some benefit from remaining under Antonio Conte’s tutelage? Over the next few pages, we have suggested the three best options for those to remain in West London for the new season.
Juan Cuadrado is given a hard time by so many of Chelsea’s fans. The Colombian arrived in the period under Jose Mourinho where Chelsea played very defensive football, and this didn’t fit to Cuadrado’s strengths at all. A season on loan at Juventus proved that he is more than just a competent footballer, and filled in very well when required as a right wing-back for large parts, a position that Chelsea could use.
If Chelsea try to sell Cuadrado on, they will surely receive nowhere near the same price they paid for him, so it is only sensible that they should look to retain the Colombian’s services. It will be interesting to see what Antonio Conte can extract from the rapid winger.
Chelsea are not short on wide-men, but Cuadrado offers another string to a strong bow that they have to use at Stamford Bridge this coming season, especially if Conte wishes to deploy wing-backs in a 3-5-2 system, for Cuadrado is more than comfortable in this role.