The Football League loan window provides clubs outside of the Premier League with one last chance to bolster their squad with the notoriously frenetic festive period looming. Clubs have been free to do business and bring players in on loan since 9 September but that window closes on 25 November.
With just three Under-21 league games scheduled from now until the end of 2015, Chelsea have the chance to possibly secure first-team football opportunities for some more of their youngsters away from west London.
With 33 players already out on loan, IBTimes UK considers who could join them in leaving Stamford Bridge in the coming days.
One of the brightest talents from the club's FA Youth Cup and Uefa Youth League successes last season, 19-year-old Musonda expected to take the next step in his development and leave on loan during the summer. The Belgian starlet indicated he would ask to leave on loan if Jose Mourinho opted against including him in first-team plans, claiming French giants Marseille were one of a handful of clubs following him.
For whatever reason, Musonda stayed, but has had no role to play in the first-team this season. That has particularly enraged the player's father, Charly Musonda Snr, who was quoted as saying by Belgian media that his son should "definitely leave" the Blues in order to avoid stagnating.
While a move to a Championship side may not be what both Musonda and Chelsea had in mind for his development six months ago, the situation at Chelsea has changed radically since then.
19-year-old Kiwomya arrived at the Blues from Rotherham in 2010, waiting until last January to make his professional debut. Predictably, it didn't come at Chelsea, but with Barnsley, who he joined on a one-month loan deal last January. That deal was extended until March but the winger returned to west London thereafter. That spell with the Tykes was his first away from Chelsea where he has been involved in the Under-21s side since the age of 16, but more tests down the Football League could await him.
Of three youngsters mentioned in this article, Aina appeared the closest to making the rare step up from the Under-21s to Mourinho's first team this term. The Blues manager suggested in October the 18-year-old was one of the names he was considering at right back after the club lost Branislav Ivanovic to injury for a Premier League match against Aston Villa. In the end, the London-born defender was overlooked, but opportunities could await him elsewhere.
Like Musonda, Aina played a key role in the club's double success at youth level last season, ensuring Chelsea conceded just twice in their nine-game run to the final in the Uefa Youth League and was included in the first team's pre-season tours of Thailand, Australia and United States. Having accomplished all he can with the Under-21 ranks, now seems the right time for him to cut his teeth in the Football League.