Chelsea have officially confirmed that goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has joined Rotherham United on loan for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
Jamal Blackman is a well-known name for Chelsea supporters. He has been in and out of the senior squad at various points of his career. He has come up through the youth ranks at the club, joining the club at the U13 level. He began training with the senior squad in the 2021/12 season. In the same season, he was part of the FA Youth Cup victory alongside Nathan Ake and Andreas Christensen. His progress eventually led to a series of loans across England and the continent. He gained first team experience in loan spells at Östersunds FK and Wycombe Wanderers. His loan spell at Sheffield United was a step up in his career as he became their first-choice goalkeeper at the Championship level. Another loan spell at Leeds United followed before he fractured his tibia, an injury which would lay him off for a little over a season. Bristol Rovers had signed him in January 2020 following an injury to first choice, Anssi Jaakkola. Blackman had kept four clean sheets in ten games before the COVID-induced break.
Rotherham United have just been promoted to the Championship as League One runners up. Daniel Iversen, the previous first-choice goalkeeper on loan from Leicester City, has returned to his parent club and moved on loan to Belgian side, OH Leuven. This leaves them with Lewis Price as the only goalkeeper in the senior squad. With the signing of Jamal Blackman, they are gaining a player experienced at the Championship level.
Since recovering from his serious injury, Blackman looks set to feature regularly in the Championship for the first time. With his Chelsea contract numbered in months, his performances this season will decide where his future lies.
After seven different loan spells, will the eighth time be the charm for Jamal Blackman to gain a permanent role at Chelsea or elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.