Andrey Santos, a Chelsea youth, is expected to have his loan at Nottingham Forest ended in January, according to manager Steve Cooper.
Despite interest from several European teams, the highly-rated 19-year-old signed a £17.5 million agreement to join Stamford Bridge last January from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. Under Mauricio Pochettino, the player had a strong preseason in the USA.
Nevertheless, it was decided that the star would benefit from a loan move because regular minutes would be scarce due to the summer signings of colleagues Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, with Enzo Fernandez and Conor Gallagher already occupying two crucial middle positions.
It was hoped that the City Ground would provide a temporary boost for the youngster as he learns his trade under Cooper, a manager well known for his use of young stars. However, that has not been the case.
Chelsea, in Pochettino’s opinion, is “building something.”
Santos started just seven minutes in a 3-0 loss to Liverpool in October, and he hasn’t started a Premier League match since his loan period began in August, even though Forest is currently ranked fifteenth in the standings. Cooper is sure that the young player’s development would be hampered if he were unexpectedly thrown into a relegation battle, and he wouldn’t want to risk his future as a top player.
Before his team’s Saturday afternoon matchup against Everton, he stated: “I’m not sure about what’s been said.” Everyone would have preferred to see Andrey play more, of course. Although there aren’t many guys like him, he is a really good young player.
“It is the sort of situation where if he was our player, he would be in the perfect situation of being in and around the first-team, looking to involve him and giving him some exposure when you can, but knowing you are developing him and getting him ready.
“The context to it is he isn’t our player, he is Chelsea’s, and that probably just adds a few question marks to the situation, which I understand. I take individual youth development personally. It means a lot to me because of my background and where I spent a lot of my coaching years. That will be no different with Andrey.