'I'm very proud of care we give' - Eddie Newton defends Chelsea's under-fire loan system

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Star: Chelsea's Tammy Abraham has scored 18 Championship goals at Bristol City this season: Getty Images

Eddie Newton has launched a fierce defence of Chelsea’s policy of sending numerous players out to other clubs.

The Blues have 38 players out on loan and the club continue to come under heavy criticism for rarely giving young talent a chance.

But Newton, who is in charge of loan players’ welfare, said: “What people don’t see is the due care and process we put into our players.

“I oversee the programme and I’ve got two coaches, plus four analysts, medical staff and a conditioner for all of the loan players.

“We run it seamlessly considering there’s 38 players — everyone gets seen and everyone gets analysis and feedback on their games.

“So you can slander our loan process as much as you want but some of our loan players who are in Germany and Spain are getting looked after better than some clubs who are supposed to look after the players that are right in front of them. I’m very proud of it.

“Sometimes it’s frustrating for the players because everyone wants to play in the first team but only 11 players can get in there. But the loan system is a tool for us to develop players in a senior league instead of playing U-21s football. Every player is different — some will produce quickly but others take time.”

The loan group includes players such as Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen, who have impressed at Bristol City and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively.

Newton added: “Top clubs are under pressure to bring in the best players. But we have a belief that we’ve got an abundance of talent that are capable of pushing on.”

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