In light of recent events, the young players of Chelsea have been under the spot light as to how far they will go in a Blue shirt. The current crop of young talent is clearly exceptional. However, will they make it at Chelsea or will foreign exports be seen as better suited?
Five academy players were in action against Forest on Wednesday night which had been greatly wanted by the fans for years. Musonda looked electric as Kenedy and himself scored long awaited goals in the first team. Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu both made first team debuts. Jake Clarke-Salter made his first appearance since the thrashing of Aston Villa in 2016. However, this only highlights the depth of promising talent that Chelsea have in their youth academy. Mason Mount is an exciting attacking midfielder with a range of flair and passing which exceeds his age. 2017 youth academy player of the year Reece James consistently puts in exceptional performances as a versatile defender. There is no doubting the achievements and ability of the youth academy.
The Blues also have many young prospects out on loan. Although their loan system is mocked, many gems are at Chelsea’s disposal in this system.
Chelsea’s loan network is home to numerous potential world beaters. The question is will they achieve at Stamford Bridge? Tammy Abraham, another youth graduate, scored 26 goals for Bristol City last season. He has already made a good impression at Swansea, scoring three in all competitions. The poacher may even score more than Batshuayi this season.
Having been at Chelsea since he was just eight, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is clearly ‘blue’ through and through. In Crystal Palace’s abysmal start, RLC has been a shining light in their season. Ola Aina has started impressively at Hull in the Championship this season. Therefore Ola will return to Chelsea as a much improved full-back at the end of the season. Lewis Baker and Jermie Boga are also on loan in the championship. They are getting first team football which can only aid their progress. This will provide Chelsea with a front of home-grown players, the first time since the old guard.
Only Chelsea can be responsible for offering the future of their club chances to shine on the big stage. Christensen, Rudiger and Bakayoko have already been integral to the first team in big games(Spurs). Therefore proving that young talent can prosper at Chelsea if given the chance to do so.
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