Jack Cork today (Friday) became Chelsea’s latest loanee of this busy summer, joining Patrick van Aanholt at Coventry. Cork will stay with the Championship club until January 31st.
It comes a day after the long-time Chelsea youngster signed a three-year contract to stay with the club, hopefully evidencing their faith that he will become a first-team player. However, despite Premier League interest from Hull and Portsmouth, it could be seen as a disappointment that Jack will return to the Championship again, with his fouth club after spells at Scunthorpe, Southampton and Watford. Looking at the positives though, he’s going to a club who wanted to sign him in the summer, and who have shown that they are willing to play a youngster or two, giving Patrick van Aanholt the left-back berth, where he is impressing in early outings.
Chris Coleman revealed upon signing Jack that he made an attempt to bring him to Highfield Road permanently over the summer, but without success:
This is another excellent addition to the squad and Jack is the second promising young Chelsea player to join our ranks this season.
“He is very highly-regarded at Stamford Bridge and he has already played close to 100 matches while on loan with other Football League clubs so has good experience for his age.
“We made a substantial offer for Jack earlier in pre-season to bring him to the club permanently but Chelsea did not want to sell which shows how much they think of him – and how highly we consider him.
“That said, we are delighted that they have let him come out on loan to us and this is further sign of what we are trying to achieve at the club.
“We are still hoping to make further additions before the transfer window closes and a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to make that happen.”
(quotes courtesy of www.ccfc.co.uk)
Jack goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game with Swansea City. You can keep up to date with his, and every other young loanee’s progress, here at CFCnet.