CHELSEA ARE 'WAREHOUSING' PLAYERS - PFA
player's union boss after the number of players
sent out on loan to clubs across Europe tipped over
the 30 mark.
Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon
Taylor has criticised Chelsea for 'warehousing'
footballers after 33 registered players joined
opposition clubs on short-term deals.
The PFA boss believe the Blues transfer deals are
influencing competitions across Europe and denying
first-team players at rival sides the chance to play
Over Â£100 million has been spent on the players
currently out on loan across the continent and
Taylor is concerned by the extent of Chelsea's
recruitment, and the repercussions for foreign
â€œYou just wonder where the number will end
because itâ€™s a pretty strong influence that one
Premier League club seems to be having in so
many competitions," he said.
â€œItâ€™s a bit of a worry with so many Chelsea players
out on loan. Itâ€™s almost a warehousing of players.
You wonder whether it brings into question the
integrity of the various competitions.
â€œFrom a playerâ€™s point of view, you can see they
would want to go out on loan if there is not a first-
team place available.
"But Chelsea have an academy so you have to
wonder how it is they have such a phenomenal
number of players out there."
Taylor, who was appointed to the footballers' union
after retiring in 1981, agrees that loan deals allow
players to gain experience away from the parent
club, but has questioned the fairness of certain
â€œPlayers want to play and the loan system gives
them that chance," he added.
"But then there are players at these clubs in Europe
who are denied the chance because others are
coming in with their parent clubs paying their
wages. It makes that option more attractive.
â€œSo then it is not about the best team winning a Â
particular competition, it is about who has the best Â
relationship with the biggest clubs.
â€œItâ€™s not so much something that weâ€™ve been
alerted to. Itâ€™s something that you canâ€™t fail to notice
because it has been such a phenomenal number of
players out there.â€
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