Jose Mourinho reportedly attempted to bring winger Victor Moses back from his loan spell at Stoke City in January, as he looked to strengthen his Premier League title bid, however the 24-year-old refused, choosing a regular start at the Britannia over being a bit-part player at his parent club.
The Nigerian international is one of several young players contracted to the Blues who currently plays their football away from Stamford Bridge, and while few are ready for regular first team football at the top end of the English game, many could arguably help Mourinho’s men, as they attempt to stutter across the line, and secure the Premier League title.
Here are five of those players that could add something to Mourinho’s team:
Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading)
The midfielder joined the Royals during the last transfer window, and has been a massive part of Steve Clarke’s plans, helping his side reach the FA Cup semi-final. As Cesc Fabregas continues to struggle, the option of the 20-year-old would be one Mourinho would surely like to have.
Christian Atsu (Everton)
Atsu has struggled to get into Everton’s team since his loan move, but he proved at the Africa Cup of Nations – where his performances helped Ghana reach the final – just how exciting the winger can be. Like at Everton, the 23-year-old would definitely be restricted to appearances from the bench at Chelsea, but he would be a handy option when the opposition start to tire.
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough)
The centre-back has featured fairly regularly in Aitor Karanka’s plans, helping Boro sit in the top two of the Championship, and look on course for promotion back to the Premier League. The emergence of Kurt Zouma in the defence will give the Nigerian confidence he can get into the side once his loan spell ends at the Riverside.
Mohammed Salah (Fiorentina)
The Egyptian’s loan move was part of the deal that saw Juan Cuadrado move to Stamford Bridge in January, and based on his performances for his current club, there is no doubt that Mourinho will be somewhat regretting the move. The 22-year-old has six goals in just ten games for the Italian club, while Cuadrado seems to be warming the bench every game.
Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough)
With Diego Costa making such a good start to his Chelsea career, there was absolutely no need for the young striker, with both Loic Remy and Didier Drogba also in contention. However, Costa has only just ended a significantly long goal-drought, and there is no guarantee that he will be able to recapture the form of earlier in the campaign. Bamford meanwhile has bagged fourteen goals in the Championship, including four in his last four to keep Boro in the promotion hunt.