Aston Villa: Tapping into the Chelsea loan market

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea poses with the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea poses with the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /
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Chelsea is one of England’s premier clubs on the domestic and international stages. As such, Aston Villa should look to Antonio Conte for supplements to Steve Bruce’s promotion push.

Chelsea is drowning in young, hungry players looking for match time at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, when you play with Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Thibaut Courtois, and company, those minutes for 19-year old players just is not there.

Instead, Chelsea deploy multiple players out-on-loan every season. Some of these names include, but are not limited to: Lewis Baker, Marco van Ginkel, Kasey Palmer, Bertrand Traore, Tomás Kalas, Matt Miazga, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, and many others.

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Not only do Chelsea send these players away for senior experience, but the club often sends their youngsters to England’s lower levels. Holland may be the top destination, but the English Championship is a close second.

Chelsea’s goals for this are two fold. One, their teenagers gain valuable first team playing experience at the professional level. Secondly, these clubs become enamored with their loanees to where they wish to purchase them permanently – leaving Chelsea with solid proceeds every transfer window.

Which current Chelsea F.C. youngsters could push Aston Villa to a top-six finish next season?

Tammy Abraham is the most coveted forward after a 23-goal season with Bristol City. However, he seems destined for a season in the Premier League with another club. Perhaps Brighton or Newcastle will persuade Antonio Conte to part with his star striker.

Some of the top professionals on-loan in the Eredivisie are probably out of reach as well. With Bertrand Traoré and Marco van Ginkel starring in Holland, Aston Villa probably can’t pry those stars away. But they could try with £4 million bids.

Jamaica international Michael Hector is 24, but he was a starter at Eintracht Frankfurt this season after multiple loan spells at Stamford Bridge. Likewise, Tomás Kalas is 24 and a full-time Czech Republic international. He starred for Fulham as the the Cottagers made it to the promotion playoffs.

Both Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown are raw, but played often and admirably for Huddersfield Town.

Next: Piecing Together the Perfect Aston Villa Summer

I don’t know the perfect signings for Aston Villa at this stage, but looking at Chelsea is a good start. Shoot high for those that starred in the Eredivisie and see if Chelsea would be willing to part with said players.