Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has defended the club’s loan policy after they were criticised for unfairly stockpiling players.
More than 30 players left Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis this summer, but Emenalo has contended that they are using the system to help develop young talent.
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While that may apply to the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Marco Van Ginkel, the Blues also sent out Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah on loan to Juventus and Roma respectively after the pair failed to make an impact in their initial shot at the Premier League.
“We have the difficult job – one we happily accept because we are a big club – of trying to balance being successful with making sure we have the right players at the right time,” he told Chelsea TV.
“Sometimes we know there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor (Moses), who we want to keep with our squad but who maybe needs to play more football to get to the level we think he can get to, because he is very, very talented.”
Emenalo argued that the timing was simply not right for certain players and that they sent them out on loan in order to regain their confidence.
Nevertheless, critics will still insist that it is an unacceptable number of players to have on the books and to then send out on loan instead of allowing other clubs to sign talent and develop the players themselves.