Why Chelsea loaning out Marc Guehi makes total sense
Norwich City and Southampton want Chelsea’s young defender Marc Guehi to help save them from relegation this season, as per the Sun.
Both Premier League clubs want the young centre-back as they attempt to avoid relegation between now and the end of the season. As per the report, both clubs have contacted the Blues about the 19-year-old.
Guehi has been capped at various youth levels by England up to the U21s and has made two senior appearances for Chelsea, playing 90 minutes against both Grimsby Town and Manchester United in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
A move to either Norwich or Southampton would be a boost for Guehi. The sides have won just eight top-flight games between them this term, with the Canaries in 19th and the Saints in 17th.
While Guehi would get regular game time, he would also be busy in the heart of the defence as they try to repel attacks and improve their goal differences.
The 19-year-old Chelsea man has impressed in his first three outings for the Young Lions this season and also made his senior debut for the Blues in the Carabao Cup last month. He is another promising youngster to have emerged out of the academy.
Guehi has plenty of current players at Chelsea to look up to, given the emergence of the youngsters under Frank Lampard this season. Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham are in the senior squad while Callum Hudson-Odoi is back after his Achilles injury.
The ball-playing centre-back is a key player for the Under-23 team and also impressed for England’s Under-21 side during the international break in October.
Chelsea’s academy is getting a lot of focus right now, as a number of stars are making the jump up from the youth system to the first-team.
The decision for Chelsea and Guehi to make is whether the right move would be to join a Premier League side battling for survival or drop down to a good old Championship club. But it is better for both the club – and the player – to set up a loan deal.
After all, the youngster is not getting regular chances in the English top-tier. Going away on loan would increase his playtime and also help in his development.