Lewis Hall finished the season strong with a string of 4 starts in the first team where he impressed despite bad results.
No wonder then that there are already links for loans for him this summer. Still just a teenager, he’s clearly good enough for the top flight already, and today’s Daily Mail claims he’s interesting Crystal Palace.
The Eagles had great success bringing in Marc Guehi from Chelsea’s academy, and now want to repeat the trick. Hopefully Chelsea have learned their lesson this time, and will only green light a loan rather than a permanent move for the young left back, who can also play in midfield.
From a purely on-pitch point of view this particular move makes little sense. Hall showed more in those last 4 games of the campaign than Marc Cucurella did all season, and by rights it should be the Spaniard who is loaned out while Hall stays put to compete with Chilwell for the starting spot.
But that’s not how football works sadly, and given the enormous sum spent on Cucurella and his wages, we would be very surprised if he’s not kept in the first team squad while the young talent goes on loan, whether that’s to Palace or another club where he can play every week.
The worst case scenario of all is Hall staying put but as a third choice. We’d rather see him on on loan than see that happen.