An extremely busy week for Chelsea continued unabated today when Liam Bridcutt became the ninth player to head out on loan, joining Stockport County in League one until January. First year scholar Josh McEachran and schoolboy defender Nathaniel Chalobah, meanwhile, both earned England Under-17 selection.
Nathaniel and Josh are hardly new to the England scene, both having represented the Three Lions in the Under-16 victory shield before moving up to Under-17 level. It’s particularly impressive for Chalobah, who has been a fixture in the Under-17s despite only being 15, and earning his first call-up at 14. They’ve been chosen for the FA International Tournament against Portugal, Italy and Turkey in the East Midlands at the end of the month.
A bit further north, and Bridcutt will be returning to League One, where he impressed for Yeovil on 2007/08. After a spell at Watford last season, he’s dropping back down a level at Stockport County. The club has been struggling financially but managed to survive last season, and earned a creditable draw on the opening day away to Oldham, thanks in large part to a world-class save from goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams. He could take Paul Turnbull’s place in the side and appears to be what the club needs, but is unlikely to feature this weekend.