As part of Newcastle’s revised transfer policy for 2015/16 that will see them focussing on domestically schooled targets as opposed to those reared in foreign lands, they’re reportedly set to lodge loan bids for Chelsea twosome Marco van Ginkel and Patrick Bamford.
The latter enjoyed a hugely successful season with Championship side Middlesbrough, with his 17 league goals helping the Toon’s north east foes to the second-tier play-off final.
Van Ginkel’s fortunes during his temporary stint at Milan were somewhat diluted by contrast, but he still managed 16 Serie A starts for the Rossoneri.
Their potential arrival will, hopefully from a Magpies perspective, inject creativity and goals to an attack that was distinctly lacking in both last term, but Plan A of borrowing Blues not ready for their first-team may well backfire based on what happened to this raft of Chelsea loanees in the Premier League.
Akin to Bamford, Chalobah excelled during a couple of second-tier stays with Boro and Watford, so he seemed an ideal acquisition for modest Burnley as they attempted to pull off the unlikeliest of relegation-avoidance acts.
This presumption proved spectacularly inaccurate, with the holding-midfielder mustering just four substitute appearances for the Clarets in his debut season on loan in the top-flight before being sent back to Stamford Bridge.
Another peripheral figure in a side looking to overachieve without much financial clout, the Ghanaian was meant to be the bottle-rocket, impact player Everton could call upon as they did with Gerard Deulofeu during the season before.
Atsu wasn’t anywhere near as effective as his Spanish predecessor, however, and was trusted to start just one Premier League game.
He’ll spend next season on loan at Bournemouth, but the improved efforts of those to come during their second borrowed spells suggests the Cherries can expect better from him.
The Nigerian speedster was loaned to Liverpool for the 2013/14 campaign, though only started six times.
Next year saw him shipped out to Stoke, where he quickly became a first-team staple, scoring three and assisting as many to the delight of the blood-baying Potters fans.
Chelsea’s former rent-a-left-back had never been borrowed by a Premier League outfit until Aston Villa took him for 16 games of the 2013/14 season.
This short stay was largely unsuccessful, but this torrid time was rectified during the first half of the previous season at Southampton.
A string of consistently good performances prompted him to win an England recall and the Saints to pay £7m to sign him permanently.