Chelsea youth striker Islam Feruz has returned to the club after an initial loan deal with Cardiff City was turned down by the Welsh club
Feruz has been on a week long trial with the championship side, but it seems coach of the the Welsh side Russel Slade is not really impressed with the player and have turned down the opportunity to take the player on loan for the remainder of the season.
“We’ve made a decision on Islam and he’s gone back to Chelsea,” Slade said after his side’s 1-0 win over Fulham at the weekend.
Mourinho would have loved the 19-year-old Scottish striker to develop his game in the Championship hence, the trial at Cardiff, but the player did not impress at his trial at Welsh capital and the Bluebird boss has declined the chance to sign him on loan for the remainder of the season.
Feruz who have just returned from a loan spell at Greek side OFI Crete still has four and half year left on his Chelsea contract.
He joined Chelsea in 2011 from Celtic after rejecting the opportunity to sign a professional contract for the club where he has been since he was 10.
Many have tipped him for big things at Chelsea and he has shown good qualities at the youth levels graduating through the ranks at Chelsea.
He has played and won the Youth FA cup for the club as well as the NextGen series. He has also featured for the U-21 side in recent seasons before going on loan to OFI Crete of Greece in the summer of 2014.
He made his senior appearance for the club in the International club friendly against Malaysia League XI on 21 July 2013 coming on as a first half substitute for already-departed Kevin De Bryune. He has however not made any competitive appearance for the club.
Feruz is a great talent, though short but sharp with an electric turn of pace and quick to strike when in position. He was the joint top scorer in the NextGen series 2012/13 season where Chelsea ended as the runner up. A youth FA cup winner in 2012 and U-21 Premier League champion 2013/14.
He has represented Scotland at youth levels starting from the U-16 through to U-21 though, though, he is yet to make a senior appearance for them.
He won’t be ready to make the big jump to the Chelsea senior side hence a loan move would have been the best option for the youngster.
The championship would be a better destination as it will afford the club a greater chance to monitor his progress especially in a competitive league as the championship. It will also afford him a first hand experience of playing in leagues in England.
He has also been linked to other championship clubs like Bolton Wanderers and Brighton Rover, Chelsea will do his budding career a great deal of good to find the right club where the player can get regular action.
Chelsea already have a host of young talents on loan at different clubs across Europe. A number of them are not seeing regular actions at their new clubs and the like of Marco Van Ginkel and Marco Marin may be on their way back to the club if reports making the round in Spain and Italy recently are true due to lack of regular action at their loaned club. Chelsea will do well to prevent the same scenario for the teenager