Chelsea have continued their reputation to loan their youth players out to other sides, shipping Jamal Blackman to Middlesbrough as part of the latest deal, reports Sky Sports. The young goalkeeper will be brought in as a replacement for Jason Steele, who was in turn moved to Blackburn to act as competition for Paul Robinson.
Blackman has moved to the Riverside Stadium until at least January, although he is not expected to play within the first-team too frequently. The young prospect will work as an understudy to Tomas Mejias and Dimi Konstantopoulos, who will retain their more established roles at the Championship club.
Blackman recently signed a new long-term deal at Chelsea, and is expected to push through the goalkeeping ranks within the coming seasons for the Stamford Bridge side. He has represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, and could become a major contender for the gloves in the senior national team at a later point in his career.
However, it is hoped that a spell at Boro will help to develop the player for now, by providing him with another experience of playing in the lower leagues. The deal was completed very late on transfer deadline day, and Middlesbrough are understood to be very pleased with their purchase.