Since Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea in 2003 it is hard to think of players who have come through Chelsea’s youth ranks and been successful.
Notable players on loan include Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Izzy Brown who are currently on loan at Premier League Clubs with them all getting valuable experience and getting a chance in their first team.
But after this season where does that leave them.? Another loan or just a season being on the fringes of the first team and getting very few games?
As many as 31 players are out on loan at clubs from Chelsea and have gone all over the globe in order to further their development and gain valuable experience at senior level.
Players have travelled to clubs on loan in Belgium, England, Russia, Netherlands,Mexico, Turkey and Serbia.
Their youth teams have been successful over the years. In the last five years they have won the UEFA Youth League twice in 2015 and 2016 and won the u-21 Premier League in 2014 and some of the players currently on loan at various clubs have been responsible for those successes.
Since 2000 only John Terry has notably been a success from the youth team and was captain at his time at the club and went to become one of Chelsea’s greatest players and legends.
Many young players have been told despite the loans and the endless hours of hard-work to get into the first team they aren’t wanted and are told they aren’t good enough and have to move on.
Too many have gone abroad or even stayed in England and excelled. The best exception are players such as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ryan Bertrand.
Chalobah, 22, was at Chelsea for just over 10 years after joining at the age of 10. He went on loan to Watford, Reading, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Napoli during his time at the club.
A man who has represented England at every youth level but not yet made a senior appearance, was overlooked at Chelsea.
He finally made the move to Watford for £7million in the summer of 2017 and he is glad to have moved too.
He told the Daily Telegraph after his move:
“There are a lot of good young English players. The average age for [those in] the Premier League did go up. I think it was 23 to be able to play at some of the clubs. Personally it is very difficult being young, it is a lot of pressure and clubs have to be brave to play young players. It’s the only way to gain experience.”
His escape could be the first of many as many players realise there chances at a huge club become smaller, so making a move elsewhere is a good place for them in order to achieve a successful career.
Ryan Bertrand is another example. He played 28 times for Chelsea and had multiple loans at clubs in order to get experience and make an impression.
Bertrand even started in Chelsea’s greatest ever game as they beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final.
He knew his career would stagnate so a move to another club was the best thing for Bertrand and when Southampton signed the left back initially on loan, Bertrand was happy and impressed and was signed permanently and has done well at the Saints since.
The majority of Chelsea’s loanees you can say will not be part of Chelsea’s future in the next five years so maybe making a permanent move is not the worst decision to make. Only time will tell if a player or players make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
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