Rhys Taylor this afternoon has become Chelsea’s fourteenth loanee of the season, and first goalkeeper, as he heads down the road to White City and Queens Park Rangers, where he will spend the next six weeks at least.
With so much competition for the starting gloves in the Reserve team, it’s a move which makes complete sense. Rhys has barely played since February after suffering a concussion, and despite recovering in the summer he has had to share time with Ross Turnbull, Niclas Heimann and Jan Sebek in the second string. A Welsh Under-21 international who has been called into the full squad once, he heads to Loftus Road to replace Manchester United’s Tom Heaton, who had a spell at the club backing up first choice stopper Radek Cerny.
He adds his name to a list of players who have recently spent time developing their trade at QPR, which is headlined by Michael Mancienne but also includes Jimmy Smith and Ben Sahar. It’s a trusted club with strong ties despite supporter rivalries and he’s very much in good hands there.
Rhys recently signed a new three-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge and the club are fully aware that a goalkeeper’s development curve is vastly different to that of an outfield player. He may not get to play often at QPR but training in a different environment and being involved in regular competitive matchdays will particularly aid his mental and psychological progression. It’s initially scheduled until the new year but as with most of the club’s loans, you can easily see it being extended if all parties are happy. Rhys has been after a loan move for some eighteen months now, and is certainly ready to take this next step in his career.
You can, of course, keep right up to date with anything he does whilst out on loan here at CFCnet. For supporters wishing to perhaps get an insight into the player they’re getting, have a look at his profile page.