This summer Leeds United raided Chelsea for two of their fringe talents. Both Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman were brought into the club to add depth to the squad.
In Baker, they were signing a player who had thrived for England’s under-21s and in the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem. Blackman was coming off the best season of his career. He had been the number one for Sheffield United last term, as they defied many people’s pre-season predictions.
However, things have not turned out as the two Chelsea talents would have hoped.
Baker has largely been used as a substitute and struggled to make an impact when given a chance. Blackman has not been able to usurp Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the club’s number one option.
There is no doubt that the players will be disappointed with their lack of action, but so will Chelsea.
The parent club sends a host of players out on loan every summer but always hope to see them playing regularly and improving. This is in the hope they can make it at Stamford Bridge, or bring in a handsome fee when sold on.
In the past, Chelsea have recalled players they do not feel are playing enough, and Leeds will hope no such clauses exist in the players’ current contracts.
Whilst they are not regulars, Leeds have seen just how swiftly injuries can decimate their small squad this season. For Marcelo Bielsa’s men to put in a genuine promotion tilt, they will need all the competition and back-up they can to do so.