The January transfer window is still at least a month away, but loanee Tomas Kalas seems to have had just about enough of FC Koln and cant wait to get out of Germany after only featuring in a handful of games thus far this season.
With lack of game time being the reason he left Stamford Bridge on loan in the first place, his lack of playing opportunities at his new club, has left the youngster unsatisfied;
“I really don’t know what the problem is. Koln plays well without me and the manager doesn’t have any reasons why he should change the defenders. But I still hope I will play. If not then a change has to come”
I am in touch with Chelsea but I don’t have any exact news about my future. I didn’t know I wouldn’t play. The club came to England in the summer and told me they would like to have me there.
At first they were happy with my performances but then I didn’t play in any game. I don’t know what went wrong. Chelsea is also nervous and disappointed about my loan to FC Koln. We will be resolving my situation in the winter. I want to play during the next half year. it is in my interest and that of agents and of Chelsea. We will solve it” – Tomas Kalas on his loan to Koln
Although things can only get better for the youngster, he is unlikely to be at FC Koln past the January transfer window, due his lack of involvement with the first team at the German club.
Chelsea’s loan policy has been heavily criticized in the media, for its failure to achieve anything more than groom players for an eventual sale.
With loan successes like Kevin De Bryne and Romelu Lukaku ending up in big money sales, the Blues technical director Michael Emenalo has been forced to say some words in defense of the loan policy;
“We think this is the best way to go. We identified that young players, the ages of 18 to 21 is the most difficult time as they wonder if they are good enough for the Chelsea first team and what is next first them”
“When they only play in the reserves from 18 – 20 you don’t get them to ascend to the level where they are ready to come into the first team and do a job properly. We felt it is better for them at that age to go on loan to some where they get visibility and good competition.”
“For psychological and physical reasons, that is the best thing to do at that age”
Thus far, Chelsea’s loan system is yet to achieve any integration into the first team aside from the Belgian goal keeper Thibaut Courtois, although this doesn’t seem to be the primary goal of the policy.
However with sanctions against clubs like Manchester City and PSG, Chelsea’s loan policy has been emulated by other clubs seeking to use it as a major source of revenue in this very delicate era of FFP.