Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter has rejoined Birmingham City on another season-long loan.
Clarke-Salter spent last season on loan at Birmingham, making 19 appearances in the Championship and scoring one goal.
The Chelsea academy graduate has struggled to break into the senior team, but was still handed a new contract in 2019. His current deal runs until 2022.
Now, he will spend another season with Birmingham, who agreed a loan deal for him before the domestic transfer deadline at 5pm on October 16th.
Clarke-Salter, 23, won the FA Youth Cup three times and the UEFA Youth League twice during his time in Chelsea’s academy. But while some of his teammates from those sides, such as Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, have broken into the Blues first team, Clarke-Salter has made just two senior appearances for the club.
He was also a member of the England side that won the Under-2o World Cup back in 2017 and the Under-21 side that won the Toulon Tournament a year later.
Now, Clarke-Salter becomes the 32nd player to leave Chelsea on loan during the summer transfer window.
Chelsea loan policy criticised
Chelsea’s policy of retaining players and sending them out on loan has proven a major talking point in recent years.
One of the players who left them on a temporary basis recently was Lucas Piazon, who has not made a senior appearance for the club since 2012.
And Piazon admitted last week that he was not happy with the way Chelsea’s policy has treated him.
“I became just another business for them,” Piazon said.
“They send me out on loan with the expectation of selling me and making some money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.”