Gareth Ainsworth has secured an impressive move in the loan market to attract Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman to the club on a deal until January 3rd.The 22-year-old is third-choice keeper at the Premier League giants but has been allowed to move out to Adams Park to benefit from regular first-team football, and goes straight into the squad to face Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.
Standing tall at 6’6”, Blackman helped Chelsea win the Youth Cup in 2011/12, represented England at three different youth levels and spent time on loan at Middlesbrough and Swedish side Ostersunds.
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson returns to his parent club at the end of his seven-day emergency loan after the two clubs were unable to agree terms on an extension to his deal, following two impressive displays in league and cup.
Gareth Ainsworth said: “For us to attract someone of Jamal’s calibre to the club is a big coup for us, and is a result of the excellent relationship that we have with Chelsea both as a club, and me personally.
“He’s a giant lad with massive potential to go far in the game and I’m sure he’ll benefit from playing regular men’s football and working under the guidance of Barry Richardson.
“Cameron was outstanding in his two games for us and we wanted to keep him here, but unfortunately we couldn’t reach an agreement with Sheffield Wednesday to extend his loan. He’s a great lad and we’ll keep a close eye on his development as I’m sure he’ll go on to have a very good career in the game.
“Jamal comes to us on a much better deal for the club and I’d like to thank Chelsea for allowing us to bring him in and trusting us with one of their young stars, who we are excited about working with and I’m sure he will learn a lot during his time here.”
Jamal will wear number 27 during his time with the club.