Like they say the only constant thing in life is change. Change powers transition from the oldies to the new generations. From the days of the conventional styles to the unconventional. Change challenges the status quo from the norm to setting a new precedence in football management and game play. The introduction of technological inputs such as goal-line technology, video technology and in-game statistical analysis based on teams and individual player performances has made the football world better. Change drives a process. New possibilities such as football competitions expansion to create opportunities for more or even participation as well as promote sport popularity is a sure channel of progress. That’s the power of change!
For every club to progress, then the organisation must experience a revolution which is a function of change. Several years ago, players in their late 20s’ and early 30s’ were viewed as the future of the clubs. It was believed they were experienced and in the peak period of their careers and so would perform at peak level. But after the oldies failed to perform and were outsmarted, outlasted and outclassed by the newbies, then this changed the football world. Now clubs jostle to sign every new kid on the block that has the look of a potential star to be dubbed the: ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’, ‘Messi’, ‘John Terry’ or ‘Frank Lampard’. The buzz word currently is youth.
At Chelsea, we have an academy that are serial winners and arguably the best in the world. The outcry for ‘the next-rated star’ and successor to John Terry as a first team player has been louder than a moving locomotive train in recent times. Here are 5 players that need to start fulfilling potentials to stand a chance to make the grade:
The France International has been a revelation since joining Chelsea from Lens several seasons ago. Series of stellar performances made him to be apparently seen as John Terry’s successor. His rise to limelight was best recognised as he scooped Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year award in 2015. He was once described by former manager, Jose Mourinho as ‘Chelsea’s new Marcel Desailly’ and also had glowing remarks for the stocky and towering defender:
“They (Terry and Zouma) are different players. Sometimes you get replicas of players. Other times you can’t do it, and if you can’t Zouma now is 20, so one day Zouma will be 23 or 24 and will be a player of great maturity and probably leadership, too, to replace John”.
Such endorsement is appealing as the player surely just needs to maximize his potentials to be s true blues great.
I’m a huge fan of the Dutch International defender. Though petite and still needing improvements, he’s a player buzzing with confidence and finesse to his game. After successful loan spells at both Watford and Bournemouth in recent reasons, it’s little wonder that he has been earmarked by Conte to be a part of his Chelsea revolution.
“Nathan Ake came back with us because I evaluated his situation and our situation and he is a good reinforcement,” Conte told a news conference.
“Ake is a player who can play in different positions. I think he has improved a lot and now he is ready to play with Chelsea and help us”.
Surely the player has a future at Chelsea and needs to show his worth.
Chelsea Young Player of Year, 2016 is surely one who everyone is waiting to see bloom into a superstar player. His performances in recent seasons after being promoted to the first team have been quite encouraging. Even manager, Antonio Conte believes in him:
“I trust all my players. Ruben is a player with great quality. Now I think after Oscar left he could have the right space to show me and the club his potential”.
The Danish International left the club on a two-year loan deal to Borussia Monchengladbach to aid his development after limited chances to do so. He has blossomed into one of the finest defenders in Bundesliga. By next summer he is expected to return to the club and possibly all will be waiting to him showcase his talent maximally.
The energetic midfielder has been one expected to make the quantum leap to the first team. After several loan stints, he returned last summer looking sharper and better. Impressive showings in games has certainly given everyone at the club hope for the future. Let’s still hope he can soar beyond our expectations.