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Blues loan update: Gordon in, Hutchison and Kerr Out?

Whilst the first team are training hard out in the Austrian Tirol, there has been some action on the transfer front with younger professionals. Two young Blues players are currently out on trial trying to impress to gain long-term youth loan deals whilst there have been reports in the national media that young left back Ben Gordon is to join Blues on a six month loan spell.

Gordon, 21, is currently down the pecking order at Chelsea and spent the second half of last season out on loan at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League, making seventeen league appearances and being part of the side that won the Scottish League Cup.

It would appear from reading various quotes of Gordon’s that he doesn’t see his future at Chelsea; he hasn’t yet made a first team appearance for the Pensioners and he has so far spent his young career out on loan, spending 2 spells at Kilmarnock, along with short stays at Peterborough, Tranmere Rovers and Scunthorpe. He is out of contract at the end of next season and it’s my impression he’s looking for a club that will give him first team football that he can commit to.

In the meantime young centre-backs Graham Hutchison and Fraser Kerr have returned to their former clubs on trial with a view to gaining long-term youth loan deals for first team football.

Hutchison has gone to Lincoln City, where he played until leaving for Blues Academy in April 2010, and is hoping to impress boss David Holdsworth, who of course is a former Blues centre-half himself.

Fraser Kerr has gone back north of the border and is training with his former club Motherwell with the hope of getting some first team action up there. He’s warming up for the new season alongside another man who has played for both Blues and Motherwell in previous seasons only to return to Fir Park in James McFadden.

As and when more information on these deals become available I will update the blog accordingly.

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22 Responses to “Blues loan update: Gordon in, Hutchison and Kerr Out?”

  • DoctorD says:

    Ben whoooooo?

  • daddyblue says:

    I like the way LC is building the structure of the club, now another 3or4 young one’s like that and 2 or 3 other quality signing and it does not have to be for much money maybe a million or so and we will be very very competative. Which i do believe we can do KRO4EVER

  • Pete says:

    What about Josh Mechacrane from Chelsea on loan. A brilliant footballer- who cant get a game and needs first team football?

  • Gregmeister says:

    We need more than 1 or 2 new players, looking at the 22 man squad that’s in Austria we are seriously light at the back.

    I know reports have said we don’t need to sell Curtis but until the window is shut anything can happen

  • Macc lad says:

    I agree. 1 or 2 would be the minimum. I’d say we need 3 or 4 to be safe. Left back, left midfield and centre back are particularly light.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    What is Ben Gordon like as a player?

    Also, Gregmeister is right to highlight Blues’ need for more defensive options and, on the assumption no more players are sold, they surely still need at least 2 more defenders (cover at left-back and centre of defence) and maybe another midfielder.

    Lee Clark has shown a hands-on approach to date and it’s reasonable to think he has the appropriate irons in the fire.

  • Oby says:

    Like how you refer to Chelsea as the Pensioners and not the Blues, nice touch Al lol

    • Graham Woodward says:

      Our changing room is like god’s waiting room!

      • Jay Sidney says:

        The average of the squad of 20 players listed on the official BCFC website is the wrong side of 28 so that obviously needs bringing down a bit. That said, I can’t really imagine that Lee Clark is not on the case.

        • Jay Sidney says:

          That’s the average age that might need bringing down a bit (over the next few months) and not the size of the squad…!

  • Peter James says:

    I have every confidence in Lee Clark and at least he likes attacking football not like McboringLeish

    K.R.O

  • Mark says:

    It’s commissioner Gordon’s son ;)

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Gordon sounds a promising player. At 21, he’s at a very good age. It’d be nice if we were the ones doing the poaching for a change. I think he’d be available quite cheap.

  • Peckham_Blue says:

    Bringing in young/inexperienced players may bring the average age down but it doesn’t stop our old players being old. It’s a misleading stat IMO.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    Where’s the misleading stat?

    The aim surely has to be to get a squad together with the best possible blend of experience and youth, although obviously that is easier said than done…

    • Peckham_Blue says:

      “The aim surely has to be to get a squad together with the best possible blend of experience and youth, although obviously that is easier said than done…” That’s my point. “Stat” was the wrong word on my part. But the “average” age is an irrelevant stat – it’s the balance and combination that matters, not the number.

      I’m being pedantic but ten 16 year olds and ten 36 year olds would give an average age of 26 – “perfect” average, but we’d lose every week.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    Not sure I agree but let’s not fall out over it.

    On a different, note the new strip looks marvellous – let’s hope Clark can add enough good players to the ones he already has to fill the shirts, whatever their ages…

    • Peckham_Blue says:

      I couldn’t fall out with anyone on a Friday!

      Yeah, the strip’s great. Are they doing a non-sponsored version?

  • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

    Don’t matter how good it is it aint landing til mid September when autumns here.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    It would be good if a no sponsor version were available and, despite the fact the new Diadora kit deal had to be set up very quickly after the Xtep deal was scrapped, how can a wait of nearly two months be justified before replica shirts become available for purchase?


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