Gael Kakuta has completed his loan move to La Liga side Rayo Vallecano.
The 23-year-old Chelsea forward has spent the past 5 seasons on loan at Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse and Lazio as part of the west London club’s policy of buying hot prospects and loaning them out to teams around Europe.
This strategy is undertaken in the hope they will either break through to the first-team or become valuable enough to the loan club that a significant bid enough big can be put in to prize him away from Stamford Bridge.
It is a policy which has proved extremely fruitful of late, taking into account deals including Jeffrey Bruma (£2.5m to PSV) , Miroslav Stoch (£2.5m to Fenerbache), Kevin de Bruyne (£17m to Wolfsburg), Michael Mancienne (£3m to Hamburg) and most notably Romelu Lukaku (£24m with add-ons to Everton).
The Frenchman struggled to make an impact at Lazio last season, making just one appearance having left Chelsea’s partner club Vitesse Arnhem half-way through the season after making 12 appearances in the Eredivisie.
ighly-rated by stars such as Michael Ballack and the Chelsea academy who made him their “Scholar of the year”, he was a dominant figure in the under 18′s for the Blues before accumulating enough loan moves to justify a a frequent flyer membership. The motivation in Gael’s case is regular playing time, something he has struggled to obtain last term; all 12 of his Eredivisie appearances came from the bench.
It is unclear how Vallecano will choose to deploy the talented winger but there are in need of more pace and inventiveness out wide to improve on their 12th place finish in La Liga last season although most fans would argue their -34 goal difference means the defensive side of the team needs more attention.