Chelsea Football Club are having a brilliant time of late. They have won thirteen consecutive games and have now extended their lead to six points at the top of the Premier League table. It seems that the Blues will win the coveted title well ahead of time, and now, they are trying their best to groom future stars for the side.

Only recently, the club has confirmed that Jordan Houghton and Jamal Blackman – two players from their own academy – will continue their journey away from Stamford Bridge. The loan deals of the two players have been extended to the end of the season so that they can get some game time and prepare themselves to don the senior team club jersey in the next season.

Jordan Houghton, an Englishman by birth, joined Chelsea at the Under-8 level and has spent his entire career in the club. After playing a few matches for the junior Chelsea side, he was shipped off to League Two high-fliers Doncaster Rovers on loan. In the previous campaign, he played for Gillingham and Plymouth Argyle, both on loan.
At Doncaster, Houghton has shown an impressive form. A midfielder by nature, he is a regular starter for the Yorkshire club and has scored one goal from 23 games in Doncaster colours. Naturally, the club now wants to keep him for the whole season and Chelsea have agreed to this deal.

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Jamal Blackman, on the other hand, is a goalkeeper. He joined Chelsea at Under-13 level and has progressed through the youth system. In 2011, Blackman made it to the bench of the senior team in a Premier League match against Arsenal. He signed a new five year contract with the club in 2014.

Currently, the 23 year old is on loan to Wycombe Wanderers and have been regular there. He played in 20 games so far and has impressed the League Two side who have agreed to extend the loan spell for the custodian.

It has been seen in recent times that Chelsea, unlike before, are now interested in grooming their own academy players who can break in to the senior squad in due course. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina are some examples. Only time will tell if Blackman and Houghton can join their ranks anytime soon.

 

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