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Antonio Conte Doesn't Believe In The Loan System!

Sunday 15th January 2017
Antonio Conte doesn't believe in the loan system. If not the system itself, he certainly doesn't like any of his players playing for anyone else. He has recalled loanee Nathan Ake early from Bournemouth despite the player being first choice and has blocked Ruben Loftus-Cheek from playing for a Championship club week in week out.
With every game Nathan Ake played at Bournemouth he was getting better and better as his understanding of what was required to be a Premier League defender increased week after week. So why has Conte brought him back?

“Ake gives me important options, because we are playing with three central defenders. He can play on the left, he can play in the middle. Also it's important to see during a training session if he can play as a wing-back. Me, the club, we wanted to bring back Ake because he gives me good opportunity, good solutions.”

Antonio Conte

Some serious questions need to be asked regarding Conte with his logic in recalling Nathan Ake who was enjoying his time at Bournemouth:

  • Will Ake go straight into the Chelsea first team? No chance. Conte hardly ever changes his team

  • Will Ake even make the match day squad? Questionable.

  • Which position will Ake play when he does make it on the pitch? He won't be next line to play centre back with Terry, Ivanovic, and now Zouma is also back available for selection. So he may be played as Left Wing-Back. Is Left Wing-Back Nathan Ake's best position? Judging by his impressive performances in the centre of defence at Bournemouth you would say no.

So given all of the above questions answered you go all the way back to the original question of, so why has Conte brought him back again? I can't understand it and neither can Eddie Howe.
Not only has Conte recalled Ake from Bournemouth but he has blocked Ruben Loftus-Cheek going out on loan to Championship clubs in the form of Newcastle or Brighton. Rafa Benitez is a huge admirer of the Chelsea midfielder and feels he could help Newcastle get promoted at the first time of asking. However, Conte isn't interested:

"No, No. Absolutely (he's not leaving). I don't want this. For Ruben I don't want this. He knows this and the club knows this. I want him to stay"

Antonio Conte

Why does he not want Loftus-Cheek to be playing first team football? How many games is he going to play for Chelsea this season? Conte hardly plays world-class midfielder Cesc Fabregas in centre midfield so what chance has Loftus-Cheek? Someone needs to explain to Conte how young players playing first-team football helps them develop...!
Ginger Pirlo
Football Writer since 2011. Professional Football Analyst. Premier League In-stadium Data Operator. Qualified FA Coach currently Level 2. TheGingerPirlo.com. @ToonBano

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