MCEACHRAN BELIEVES CONTE IS GIVING CHELSEA YOUTH THE CHANCE TO SHINE

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Under previous managers, Chelsea were criticised for the way they handled their youth players, and for not giving them the opportunity to make the next step into the first team.

Chelsea academy product Josh McEachran is one of those highly rated Chelsea academy products that didn’t make the cut, until his eventual exit to Brentford.

The former Chelsea youngster believes Antonio Conte is willing to give youths a chance, and revealed that the youth players are getting more opportunities now.

“This season they are doing more,” McEachran told The Telegraph.

“Ola Aina has been in and around. He’s not played that much but he’s been on the bench.

“There’s Nathaniel [Chalobah], Ruben [Loftus-Cheek]. So I think they are definitely trying.

“Their academy system is unbelievable, they win everything – the youth cup, the Champions League, the reserve league.”

McEachran will see a lot of familiar faces when he returns to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea for the first time, as Chelsea host Brentford in an FA Cup clash on Saturday.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.