Carragher highlights same Chelsea mistake he saw during Liverpool days

Jamie Carragher has suggested Chelsea's policy of loaning players out for a number of seasons creates an unusual dynamic during pre-season.

Currently, Chelsea have 15 senior players away from Stamford Bridge on temporary deals, with more expected before the close of the window next month.

And while Carragher has no issue with the loaning of young players, he believes once they hit their twenties, they should be moved on if they are deemed not good enough.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who started in the win over Brighton, was cited as a specific example of a player that should complete a permanent exit once they show they are not at Chelsea's high standards.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “Loftus-Cheek is 24,25 – you still think in your head he’s a young player. I’m surprised he started tonight I must say.

“But how long is he going to be at Chelsea until he gets moved on? He isn’t good enough to be a regular in that team because he would be [already] at this age.

“You think of other players – we were talking about a player before – Lewis Baker, who is 25 years of age, who’s still part of Chelsea. This is a player [Jose] Mourinho was talking about five or six years ago.

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Chelsea have been active this summer, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

However, one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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“But they are still there because they get paid huge sums and listen – good luck to them. But something gets lost, all they end up doing is going out on loan, they come back, they start pre-season."

The Liverpool legend then claimed that the constant turnover of loan signings means it is difficult to know who is actually still at the club, when they return following their summer break.

“I always remember at Liverpool, you go back to pre-season and you go in the first day and see these players and you think, “I thought we sold him two years ago!”

“These people are just turning up and that’s what it must be like every year at Chelsea.”

Lampard is reportedly closing in on his seventh signing of the window, with Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy believed to be on the way to Stamford Bridge to provide competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Reports suggest the Blues have agreed an £18m deal for Mendy, but Lampard hinted that much of his focus will now shift to trimming his large playing squad.

“There’s obviously some weeks to go until he end of the window," he said after the 3-1 win at Brighton.

“We’ve got a big squad now as well so we have to manage that and look at how we move forward in terms of getting the right level of competition within the squad.

“But no news on that one [Mendy] at the minute.”

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