HEC­TOR SHOULD PRE­PARE FOR A LIFE OUT ON LOAN

The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

CALL me a killjoy, but will Michael Hec­tor ever set foot on a pitch for Chelsea?

Sur­pris­ingly signed from Read­ing for £4m on dead­line day, the cen­tre-back was imme- di­ately loaned back – some­thing he will al­most def­i­nitely have to get used to.

Jose Mour­inho has four full in­ter­na­tion­als vy­ing for a place at cen­tre-half and another three who’ve come through the Un­der-21s. To­mas Kalas, An­dreas Christensen and Ken­neth Omeruo have 30 caps be­tween them, yet just three ap­pear­ances for Chelsea. That’s the stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion.

Then there’s the other five – yes, five – de­fend­ers out on loan. In fact, Chelsea cur­rently have no fewer than 33 play­ers loaned to the four corners of the globe.

For any­one but the elite, play­ing for Chelsea is a pipe dream. You can’t blame Hec­tor for seiz­ing his chance, but I’d be as­ton­ished if this move ad­vances his ca­reer.

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