Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has revealed he had a 'chat' with Chelsea earlier this week after questions continue to be asked over the plan and progress of talented midfield loanee Andrey Santos. Seven games into the season and the 19-year-old is yet to play a Premier League game after matching the temporary switch to the Midlands.
Santos arrived at Stamford Bridge as one of the first incomings in the youth recruitment drive started by Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital in January following on from a messy summer window. His move from Brazilian side Vasco Da Gama was greeted with great optimism having built up a reputation as one of the most impressive players in his age group.
His price, just £12million, was seen as a steal at the time for a teenager already captaining his country two age groups above and he went on to star in the Under-20 World Cup in May and June, scoring twice and assisitng once on the way to the quarter-finals.
It left him in a state of flux upon returning to Chelsea after the end of the 2023/24 season with Mauricio Pochettino coming in as the new manager, the second permanent man in-charge since Santos arrived. Now, having played a sizeable role in pre-season, he is on loan at Nottingham Forest as he looks to build experience in England.
The loan hasn't gone to plan so far though and Santos is already way down the pecking order at the City Ground. He sits behind Ryan Yates, Orel Mangala, Cheikhou Kouyate and Nicolas Dominquez as well as Danilo and Ibrahim Sangare with results and points a more pressing matter than the development of a Chelsea hopeful.
To compound matters, Santos was left out of the squad entirely for the defeat against Manchester City two weeks ago meaning that he could enter theRead on football.london