Chelsea has been a big name in the Premier League since the takeover by Roman Abramovich in 2003 but their youth setup has not been a success in terms of first team breakthroughs.
John Terry is the last successful Chelsea Academy player who went on to play for the first team for a considerable amount of time. Despite having immense success in the recent years the club policy has not favored the young players. Most of them were bench-warmers until they found their escape routes. For example, Daniel Sturridge, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne found their way out of the club and were immensely successful. The lack of game time is what frustrates and hinders the growth of young players.
However, things look promising now under the guidance of Antonio Conte as he has been using the youth in a manner that suits the demands of the league as well as the cup matches.
Some of the notable young players are Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Michy Batshuayi and Dominic Solanke. There are others too and Victor Moses might very well be included in this small set that we are discussing.
Ola Aina is said to be the next Nigerian superstar and his performances justifies the claim. He had been been instrumental in the FA Youth Cup win as a youngster. This defender has caught many eyes!
Nathaniel Chalobah, the young midfielder is now a permanent starter for the English Under-21 side. Chalobah had extensive loan spells at different clubs and now the Blues want to keep him glued at Stamford Bridge to gain some squad depth. He has come off the bench in several league games so far, and that also includes the last Chelsea game against Stoke City.
Interesting fact: Only James Milner has more appearances for the Under-21 and Chalobah is not far behind.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been a household name if we consider the upcoming Premier League stars. He has to compete with N’Golo Kante for his place in the team and this youngster is doing well under Antonio Conte who doesn’t plan to let him go. Passing accuracy has been superb for him and considering his age he is definitely one for the future.
Talking of forwards, Dominic Solanke and Michy Batshuayi are the names that strike us. Solanke is good and he needs some game time to break into the first team. Batshuayi has been left waiting for chances to impress and he will surely get those under Conte. At this moment the number of appearances for these forwards might seem too less but the first team forwards are a class apart. It’s hard to replace them when they are at their best and these lads deserve an applause for getting some game time in this tough situation.
All in all, this Chelsea team has a plethora of promising young players that might once form a superb team and might be like the Class of 92! Let’s hope for the best!
Which Chelsea youngster do you find most promising? Share your opinions in the comments below!
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