With all eyes in the Chelsea fandom on Enzo Fernandez today, potential outgoings have gone somewhat under the radar. One departure that is sure to receive approval is the impending departure of Omari Hutchinson; who Fabrizio Romano reports has reached an agreement to join West Bromwich Albion on loan.
Omari Hutchinson Prepared to Join West Bromwich Albion on Loan
West Bromwich have now reached an agremeent with Chelsea to sign Omari Hutchinson on loan. Clubs are set to exchange contracts. 🚨🔵 #CFC
Omari has accepted, working on the documents. First call @TheAthleticFC. pic.twitter.com/ZjA9GiXpYq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 31, 2023
The former Arsenal player has received rave reviews in the past. The Sun have previously dubbed him a “wonderkid” and compared him to multi-time Premier League winner Raheem Sterling. The teenager was so impressive at the developmental level that he made the jump to the first-team squad, although this was only as a bench player.
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His dribbling skills and ability to contribute both goals and assists have shown exactly why the Blues plucked him away from the Gunners.
Playing Time Is Scarce
Getting minutes for a side that has two Champions League titles to its name will always be difficult. This aim was made even more difficult by the club’s extravagant January spending which has seen them add attacking power in Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke. The youngster likely saw his opportunity to make an impression go right out the window with the heightened competition.
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While taking a step down to the Championship was likely not on the cards, it does provide Hutchinson with a chance to gain valuable experience. His new side isn’t embroiled in a relegation battle and promotion is but a faint hope right now, meaning he should have a low-stakes environment to work on his game.
With so many big-money signings it is a positive for Chelsea fans to see the club is still keeping an eye on the stars of the future.